The sun is finally starting to shine through (here in Michigan), and summer is finally here! The lack of vitamin D during the colder months may have reduced your ambitions to stay on your workout program and shot your ability to reduce your food cravings. Well now is the time to get back after it before summer comes. In order to shed body fat while maintaining and even build muscle, you need to have a […]
There are certain foods that I feel you should always have on your grocery list. These are foods that you can pair with many other foods, make certain foods taste better, and provide an array of nutrient value.
Nuts & Seeds
Grass-fed Whey Protein
You can keep these in your kitchen and you can use them when you need them. These are things that make very quick cooking possible with not a lot of fuss with delicious flavors. Important nutrients in your salads such as vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble, meaning our bodies can’t absorb and use them unless fat is present. That’s because fat stimulates the production of bile which you need in order to absorb fat-soluble vitamins. Without it, the fat-soluble vitamins in vegetables, like vitamin A, won’t be well absorbed.
A salad full of healthy raw vegetables with olive oil will do you much more good than you imagined.
I like to drizzle some olive oil, with salt and pepper on all my roasted veggies. I also cook my meat in olive oil as well as potatoes of flavor.I’ll always keep some dark chocolate as a small treat. I recommend anything above 70%. Adding some cacao/dark chocolate to nuts and dried fruit provide a better option than store-bought trail mix that typically has sugar and oils added.
various nuts and seeds are the best snacks in my opinion. They provide key minerals, monounsaturated and saturated fats, fiber, and a bit of protein, making them the perfectly balanced snack.
Coconut oil can be used a lot like olive oil when cooking. Coconut oil can also be used a lot like butter, such as on sweet potatoes and a piece of sported grain bread. It is also a great way to boost your smoothie with the additional MCT’s and saturated fat (remember, not all sat fat is bad and is very beneficial).
Grass-fed whey protein is my favorite protein powder. There are some great plant protein powders however; I still like the benefits from grass-fed whey. It has tons of essential amino acids, easy to digest and good ones don’t have lactose, making it better for those who can not digest it. Grass-fed whey also tastes much better when adding it to smoothies, oatmeal, ancient grain cereal, pancakes, and even baked goods.
If you have foods on hand at all time it makes it much easier to stay on track. These are my five favorites and they don’t have to be yours. Just try and find 5 foods that you like that pack a nutrient punch and always have them readily available to make eating healthy easier.