Thursday, February 2, 2012

20 things to put into your shopping cart

Eating healthy is all about knowing what you're sticking into your body. Well once you know what it is you're about to consume, shouldn't you know what it's going to do for you. I've compiled a short list of some of the more important items I usually have on my shopping list along with the reasons why they're good for you.

Easy and Effortlessly. Done. Enjoy <3

Almonds- great source of protein and minerals. a perfect afternoon snack

Asparagus- Tons of vitamins and a million different available recipes online makes this a no brainer meal. Plus research published in the International Journal Cancer Letters suggests that the consumption of asparagus may halt the formation of cancerous tumors.

Avocado- These babies are packed with heart healthy mono saturated fats and vitamins A,D,E&K. Jazz up your omelet in the A.M. or swap out the mayo on your sandwich for lunch!

Beans- specifically black beans and garbanzo- have a great source of fiber and protein, a perfect addition to any meal.

Bell Peppers- More power packed vitamins A,C&E. They are fun colors to add to any dish and they can help the body neutralize free radicals- so good for your skin.

Berries... any kind will do. They have tons of antioxidants and vitamin C, plus they are a nice 3P.M.
pick-me-up instead of the regular coffee.

Broccoli- Good vitamins A&K, this veggie is easy to digest and protects against cardiovascular health.

Brussels Sprouts- Packed with vitamins A,B6,C,E&K... whats not to love? Saute with a little Olive Oil and garlic and throw in bacon if you dare.

Carrots- Contains Vitamin A, which is really good for your eyes but also your skin multitasker. Carrots also contain a large amount of Vitamin C and have fiber to keep you full.

Chicken- 18 amino acids and no carbs. Eating protein at every meal forces the body to work harder to digest it and that burns more calories. Plus lean chicken is great for developing lean muscles.

Dark Chocolate- Yes, you heard me right, it has been proven that dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure, it's rich in antioxidants, and magnesium  Dark chocolates help the brain to release endorphins, which help in mood elevation and also remove headaches. It is also a good remedy for treating depression.

Edamame- tres chic and good for you too!! There are vitamins C,B&E and antioxidants found in the little guys. So order up next time your at Sushi. (my favorite place)

Eggs- ummm..... I'm sure your bored with the information overload you have been getting from the health industry lately... check this out for the 411.

Flax Seed- Whether you’re sprinkling it onto your cereal or blending it into your smoothie, this powerful plant provides a good source of fiber, magnesium and calcium. These seeds also contain a high amount of lignans, which have been linked to the prevention of multiple health issues.

Salmon- Omega 3 fatty acids and a super dose of lean protein. BBQ up some fillets on the grill and make a home made pesto to drizzle with some pine nuts on top, yum.

Soy Milk- Did you know that about 70% of the population is lactose intolerant? Cows milk is very hard for the human stomach to digest, so I suggest soy- rich in vitamins A, B1&B2. There are the same flavors as cows milk, they have more protein per serving and sometimes less calories (well.. not the chocolate milk ).

Spinach- A great low calorie food with tons of vitamin K- salad, steamed or in a sandwich... just eat it.

Squash- Low in calories and high in vitamin C. Plus it's got beta-Carotene and beta- Cryptoxanthin which studies show to lower the chance of developing lung cancer. Bonus!! So eat up, so you can protect against the air pollution.
Sweet Potatoes- Tons of vitamins and minerals in these like; fiber, beta carotene and vitamin A (they really help with your eyesight).

Tomatoes-Theses little babies pack a punch when it comes to nutrition. Lycopene (prevents skin from sun damage and protects against prostate cancer) Antioxidants (good for everything) And they taste so good with a little sea salt and a big bite to follow.

Yogurt- In addition to being a great snack, healthy breakfast or delicious side at dinner. Research has also shown that yogurt can help with digestion and lowering your body fat percentage. I love frozen yogurt- but I make sure it's not loaded with tons of sugar and has all the important probiotics.

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