Healthy Food Bites To-Go: These Are Some of My Favorite (Healthy) Things
A handful of good intentions are not always enough to fortify a busy body. Getting the suggested daily servings of fruits, vegetables that provide the extraordinary antioxidant values found so abundantly in whole plant foods can be tricky. Crowding out your food choices with bright colors and consciously moving away from eating a predominantly beige diet is a really good start.
How colorful has your plate looked thus far today? By day’s end, will you have eaten the following?
- Three servings of colorful veggies? (orange carrots, white cauliflower and green broccoli)
- Three servings of dark leafy greens? (kale, Swiss chard and spinach)
- Three servings of fruit? (berries, apples and banana)
- Whole grains with their nutrition intact? (brown rice and whole grain veggie or bean pasta)
The following whole food and healthy eating hacks should make answering the above questions in the affirmative quite simple.
Dr. Oz recently called the act of eating a diet more focused on whole plant foods, the “single biggest movement of 2017.”
Always on the ultimate quest to uncover hidden healthy food treasures which support daily thriving, this wellness warrior looks in every corner at the market and pours through the latest food and lifestyle trends for favorite things which off er a sustainable lift. Crush that unending to-do list with energy to spare!
Let these road-tested, plant-strong feel-good foods add a welcome boost to busy days and provide comfort in knowing that when you eat better, you feel better.
These pre-made frozen Carrot Spirals from Trader Joe’s will allow you to keep your vegetable spiralizer tucked away in the cupboard for another day. An outstanding substitute for long cuts of pasta like spaghetti, vermicelli and fettuccine, these al-dente spirals cook up in just minutes. Th e whole 12 ounce box is 140 calories, if you are counting. This find makes me want to whip up a Thai peanut sauce and eat with chopsticks.
EATING MORE FRUITS & VEGETABLES DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A GRIND
Want to eat more fruits and vegetables? Freeze-dried, roasted and dehydrated fruits and vegetables offer up yet one more way of adding-in and crowding out the diet with nutrient-rich, health promoting foods. Turn these into powders and sprinkle them on everything. Now available at green markets and on grocery shelves, you can choose from beets, peas, roasted corn, edamame, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, bananas and mango. Pour them into a coffee grinder, and in seconds you have produce powder. Think oatmeal toppings, risotto (peas please!), adding powders to smoothies, muffin and pancake batters, and showering this colorful fairy dust over ice cream and yogurt. Check out www.Natierra.com, www.Seapointfarms.com and visit your local Trader Joe’s market.
RAMEN NOODLE MAKEOVER
Healthy ramen noodles are here! Whole grain, zero sodium and zero saturated fat, gluten-free noodles are now available through companies like Bgreen. Th is brown rice ramen is made exclusively from a single ingredient – organic brown rice flour. Simply add fresh or frozen vegetables to broth, along with the whole food ramen for a healthy, fast food meal.
CAUTION: A general Google search for “Ramen noodles healthy?” brings up an image of skull and crossbones, with the words Instant Chemicals written underneath. The case against this college student staple which is cheap, easy to prepare and appealing in flavor, continues with mention of a food additive called Tertiarybutyl hydroquinone (TBHQ), a preservative that is a petroleum industry byproduct found in ramen cups. It is noted that traditional ramen ‘in a cup’ has excessive sodium, calories and saturated fat. Th e cups themselves can be a cautionary tale too. Be sure to look for ramen in-a-cup companies committed to paper packaging sourced from certified, responsibly managed forests.
Found this steal of a deal – a 1.5 lb. bag of fresh, organic POWER Greens (baby kale, Swiss chard and spinach) from California-based Earthbound Farm, the largest producer of organic salads in the US, available at Costco. Real food journalist Michael Pollan, in his American way of eating manifesto ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma’, refers to Earthbound Farm as “a company that arguably represents industrial organic farming at its best.”
Typically, you can pay three to five dollars for a 5 ounce (plastic) clam shell container of organic greens at local markets and large retail chains selling organic produce. The Costco bag of blended greens off offers practically five times the volume for just pennies more ($5.49).
Use these raw greens in salads or cooked, sauteed with onions. My personal favorite is to add a generous layer to a pot of soup. If you think you will not finish the bag before it expires in two or three days, freeze some of the greens for smoothie-making.
Re-inspire your healthy eating protocol. Extended periods of the same old routine can be get boring and prevent the excitement which comes with discovery and playtime in the kitchen.