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Monday, May 2, 2016

Guest post: 10 Items to Stock In Your Frig for a Healthy Week

Here we are yet another Monday and hopefully a great start to the week! Recently, I had a wonderful addition to my blog by a like-minded wellbeing organization -- Modernize.com. They have contributed the following blog post about 10 items to stock in your refrigerator for a healthy and nutritious week!

Modernize.com focuses on home improvement and overall home empowerment. What does that mean really? The focus of empowerment in general is to enable us to be able-bodied, healthy and at our best and that certainly includes keeping our own homes as safe and efficient as they can be! If you want to learn more about keeping an overall healthy home environment, refer to the modernize website to get expert advice on various aspects of home health like heating, air-conditioning, windows, roofing and more! 

The kitchen is usually the focal point of a healthy home and food in the refrigerator should definitely reflect that, wouldn't you say? Hence, read the following blog post provided by Modernize below....

10 Items to Stock Your Fridge With For a Healthy Week
By Katherine Oakes

There are some weeks (OK, most of them) when eating healthy seems more like a pipe dream than reality, preparing healthful lunches sounds totally unattainable, and grocery lists full of nourishing foods slowly deteriorate into a cart full of all your guilty pleasures. However, stocking your fridge full of healthy foods can last you more than a few days but even weeks. And luckily, these healthy foods are budget-friendly and work in more than a few tasty (and simple) dishes. It’s also important to remember that although these foods are certainly good for you, eating anything in abundance is never a good idea. Practice portion control and learn to listen to your body for that natural feeling of fullness.

At Modernize, we love the idea of packing a well-loved kitchen full of good-for-you foods that turn into even-better-for-you meals! So, to help you get started on your journey to wellness, here are 10 foods to stock your fridge with for a healthy week.

Apple Cider Vinegar
This bitter-flavored liquid contains potassium and a detoxifying fiber called pectin. Since it is alkaline, it balances the acidic foods in your body to maintain a healthy pH level. At first you might wonder how this food could be implemented into your weekly cooking, but you’d be surprised to know that apple cider vinegar works in everything from pancakes to salad dressings and beyond.

Cruciferous Vegetables
OK, so this is technically more than just one item but since nutrient-rich food is a large and overarching category that includes a variety of edibles it’s important to remember you have many options. Aside from the ever popular kale, other greens such as brussel sprouts, watercress, broccoli, arugula and bok choy are incredible versatile and healthy ingredients that add flavor and vitamins A, C and K to your diet. There has even been scientific evidence to support the idea that the vitamin K content found in these greens can help with cancer prevention by minimizing internal inflammation. So, whether you eat them cooked, steamed or raw, cruciferous veggies pack a serious punch on your plate.

Oats
A powerful and nutrient-packed breakfast staple that is rich in minerals and positively loaded with fiber. The beta-glucan found in this essential dietary fiber is known to help lower bad cholesterol, so just one cup a day can meet your daily requirements. Make it a regular part of your morning routine by mixing it with seasonal organic fruits, flaxseeds and cinnamon for an added metabolic boost and yummy flavor!

Chickpeas
Another food that works wonders on cellular repair are chickpeas, or otherwise known as garbanzo beans. These antioxidant-rich legumes boost immunity and are loaded with a vegetarian-friendly protein that provides almost all of the amino acids you need for muscle and tissue health. Vegetarians take note, since chickpeas are an incomplete protein you’ll need to boost your dishes with supplementary proteins like whole grains, nuts or — for non-vegans and meat eaters, eggs, milk and cheese.

Coconut Oil
The main component of coconut oil is lauric acid, a powerful anti-microbial fat that kills bacteria, viruses, and yeast. It’s made of anti-inflammatory medium-chain fatty acids that supports metabolism and burns fat. Coconut oil has a myriad of uses that includes but is not limited to a healthy alternative to butter.

Flaxseeds
Ground flaxseed is an excellent plant source of anti-inflammatory omega-3s, especially alpha-linolenic acid which is an essential fatty acid. Toss it on top of oatmeal or in smoothies for a nutrient-rich addition to any meal.

Unsweetened Almond Milk
Drinking unsweetened almond milk gives you vitamin E, the nutrient that keeps your skin moisturized and protected from sun damage. Adding organic, unsweetened almond milk into your diet means more antioxidants and less free radicals that destabilize cell structures and lower your immunity. It’s also tasty and great to pair with your quinoa and oats.
  
Lentils
A pantry and weekly staple because of their protein prowess and blood-sugar stabilizing effects. Lentils are rich in nutrients and aids in cellular repair, which helps your immune system restore and replenish itself. Add lentils — cold or warm — to salads, grain bowls, or even as a side for nourishing meals throughout the week.

Whole Grains
Eating whole grains like brown and wild rice, quinoa, millet, buckwheat and barley (just to name a few) help you get the right amount of daily dietary fibers. The important thing about fiber is that it helps to combat heart disease by lowering your cholesterol and keeping you comfortably full — not stuffed. You might even notice that it’s a lot easier to consume healthy portion sizes when eating whole grains, which is an important part of maintaining a healthy diet. After all, eating too much of one thing is never good and can lead to unhealthy weight gain.

Nuts
Nuts are little nuggets of healthy fats, proteins, and  beauty minerals that fill you up, sustain you, and travel easy”, says holistic nutritionist Jolene Hart. Eat them for a midday snack or add them to your favorite dish for a hearty flavor. Just be sure to buy them organic and raw—those healthy fats can reduce harmful inflammation.

Popcorn. A snack that is rich in antioxidants, popcorn provides loads of fiber, which promotes healthy elimination. Just make sure it is organic, plain popcorn kernels and avoid the artificial flavors and chemicals found in the microwaveable brands.


1 comment:

Blogger said...

3 Researches SHOW How Coconut Oil Kills Waist Fat.

The meaning of this is that you literally kill fat by consuming Coconut Fat (including coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

These 3 studies from major medical journals are sure to turn the conventional nutrition world upside down!

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