Health professionals constantly work to find new super foods and health supplements to help people live life better. With so much good information and so many recipe ideas, who has time to read them all? The following is a list of the best foods to jump-start your healthy shopping list this year, along with suggestions for how to use them.
1. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds contain two grams of protein and four grams of fiber in just one tablespoon! They are also rich in alpha-linolenic acid, which is great for the heart. Chia seeds have roots as far back as the Aztecs. Their water-absorptive quality makes them easy on the stomach while making you feel full for extended periods of time.
Toss one serving of these seeds into your yogurt for a quick snack. They also make a great addition to oatmeal or pancakes at breakfast.
2. Coconut Flour
Coconut oil and water have gained a lot of traction in recent years, however, their cousin coconut flour is now on the rise! You can find coconut flour in the gluten-free section of the supermarket. With five grams of fiber per two-tablespoon serving, it's a great addition to any baking recipe.
Replace regular flour with coconut flour in your zucchini bread recipe. Rather than making a loaf, use a cupcake pan. These easy-to-make treats are a great snack.
Most seaweeds are high in iodine, potassium, and iron. They're also known to support the Thyroid Gland, which assists your body in weight and energy management. Seaweeds are found in the natural foods section of grocery stores, typically in the form of dried flakes or strips.
Try making an avocado dip using dulce seaweed. Just blend one tablespoon with one chopped avocado, three diced scallions, one tablespoon of lemon juice, and a touch of cayenne.
This spice contains bio-active compounds with anti-inflammatory properties, it is also rich in antioxidants. To reap the full benefits of turmeric, consume it with black pepper, the two complement each other to help increase the absorption of healthful properties.
Throw just a pinch of this spice into your roasted vegetables at dinner. This adds a pleasant kick without being overwhelming.
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