Like clockwork, every January, health and fitness move to the top of everyone’s list. Whether it’s a New Years resolution, getting ready for Spring break, or maybe we just ate and drank too much during the holiday! Either way, getting in shape is always on every ones mind, come the first three months of the year! Those who know me, know that I love hitting the gym. It is a huge part of my life, and it is wonderful for both the body and mind. Although, when it comes to creating a total healthy body, I am a firm believer that the foods we eat are just as important, if not more important than working out! Most of you already know that the best way to feed our bodies is with “clean food”, lots of lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, grains, lots of water etc. There are however, some new foods out there that are nutrient rich and will help shake up your diet. Here are the newest superfoods, take a look and give them a try!
This pretty fruit comes from Central America. It has either pink or white flesh and black seeds. It has a little sweetness and will work perfectly in your smoothies or eaten all by itself. Pitayas are an excellent source of vitamin B2 and magnesium with less sugar than other fruits.
These little seeds come from the hemp plant, they have a nutty grassy flavor and are loaded with omega-3 and omega-6 and a ton of protein. Sprinkle onto smoothies, cereal, oatmeal, salads or yogurt. Or use them as a substitute for bread crumbs
If you love broccoli, maybe it’s time you tried the broccoli plant’s leaves! They are slightly sweeter than kale and have more calcium than other leafy greens. It is also an excellent source of vitamin A and K, it is filled with antioxidants and phytonutrients, which are cancer preventing.
This is red algae from northern seas. It’s slightly spicy, salty and chewy, low in calories and packed with iodine, potassium, iron, vitamin B6 and protein. Most likely you’ll be using the dried dulse powder and flakes, because that’s the form it is most readily available. Pan fry the dry whole leaves and it has a very similar taste to bacon. Try the flakes sprinkled over scrambled eggs, popcorn, soups, stews, and casseroles or mix into vinaigrette’s.
This new/ancient superfood is a relative of quinoa. It is a great source of protein and amino acids, it is high in iron and gluten-free. Use it how you would quinoa, stir into soups, pilaf and salads. Mix it into your pancake batter, or try it in your breakfast bowl with milk and dried fruit.
Little Seeds With Big Benefits
These little seeds have been around for a while, they may be small in size, but contain loads of healthy fats, protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Flax Seeds=fiber, cholesterol lowering compounds called lignans, and healthy omega-3 fats
Pumpkin Seeds=Magnesium, something people don’t get enough of. (1TBS=whole banana)
Chia Seeds=Full of fiber, gives you a sense of fullness, great for dieters!
Sunflower Seeds=A great source of vitamin E
One More Thing…
What To Avoid On Your Salad
Ok, so everyone thinks the best way to diet and eat clean is to have a salad. Well, that is partly true, because it depends on what is on your salad. Some of you, are eating salads that have as many calories and fat as a cheeseburger and fries, which is why I’m here to tell you what makes a healthy salad and what makes a fattening salad! Use these lists as a guideline when ordering a salad out, or making one at home.
- Goupy dressings
- Breaded proteins
- Croutons, noodles, etc
- Marinated Veggies
What your salad should be:
- Vinaigrette dressing or olive and lemon juice
- Bright raw veggies
- Lean proteins (lean meats, beans, eggs)
- Leafy greens (spinach, kale, romaine, red leaf, green leaf, cabbage)
- Healthy toppings (a few olives, nuts and seeds)
Stay tune for more tips on health, fitness, fashion and beauty for the New Year! (I know I’m a month late, but better late than never… right?)