Let’s just get right to it!
Here are 3 foods that I make sure to get in my body daily, and how I do it!
1. Greens – There are so many different kinds like spinach, kale, collards, romaine lettuce, bok choy and more! They all have varying nutritional profiles, which is pretty cool and also why I try to mix it up when I can .
Why are greens great? Well they are packed with so many different vitamins and minerals (iron, folate, vitamin A, vitamin K, Vitamin C, Omega 3 fatty aids), antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer nutrients.
How do I make sure I get greens in daily?
- Green smoothies
- Saute or steam them up a bit and add to pretty much any dish
- Add to soups
- Use collard greens or romaine lettuce as wraps
Tip – for smoothies and sauteeing I buy a super green mix from our local grocery store that contains 3 different ones!
2. Berries – Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, cherries!! Yum! Yum! Yum!
Why are they great? They are filled with antioxidants, have cardiovasular benefits, benefit our eyes, and more!
How do I make sure I get berries in daily?
- I add them to my oatmeal
- I add them to green smoothies
- I have them as a dessert and top with almond butter and sometimes cacao nibs
Tip – I buy frozen berries alone or mixed (combo of blueberries, raspberries, etc). I also really try and get organic with berries.
3. Seeds – Hemp, sunflower, flax, chia (make sure to get RAW when buying seeds)
Why are seeds great? They have cardiovascular, digestive and anti-inflammatory benefits. They are packed with various vitamins and minerals including calcium and even have lots of protein and healthy fats! Hemp seeds are my top go to because they contain all essential amino acids and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for heart health.
What the heck does cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory mean? It means heart health and keeping inflammation out of your body. Inflammation in your body can be good when fighting an infection or tissue damage, but can also lead to many issues including arthritis, allergies, cancer, inflammation of the digestive tract (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), heart disease, gum disease, and more. You can read more about this HERE.
Lots of info from The World’s Healthiest Foods page.
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