Many of us, and I include myself here, tend to be creatures of habit when it comes to our daily eating routines. We gravitate toward our tried and true meal options day in and day out. While having healthy go-to foods is quite alright there is something to be said for adding diversity to your plate, cup, or bowl. The more you vary your healthy picks for veggies, fruits, protein sources, and fats the wider array of nutrients and phytonutrients you reap the benefits of.
Here are a few ways to up the nutrient content of your day for optimal wellness:
- Add frozen vegetables to your smoothies! Kale and spinach are both packed with fiber, iron, calcium, vitamins A, K and C. Try sneaking 1-2 cups of these leafy green superstars into your breakfast or pre-workout protein shake. It may alter the color of your shake but if you have some fruit and cinnamon in there too your taste buds won’t even detect the greens.
- Spoon some organic virgin coconut oil into your typical morning oatmeal. Coconut oil is filled with healthy fatty acids that can significantly reduce appetite and even improve memory! Its high levels of antioxidants also reduce inflammation and can ease pain related to arthritis.
- Sprinkle cinnamon into coffee and tea. Cinnamon is a flavor favorite, especially around the holiday season, but did you know that this spice is also a powerful blood sugar stabilizer? Cinnamon has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar. Just ½ a teaspoon per day can offer this impressive benefit!
- Include avocado in your salads. This creamy unique fruit is prized for its high nutrient value. Some people are surprised to find out that they pack more than double the amount of potassium than bananas! They also contain tons of monounsaturated oleic acid, a “heart healthy” fatty acid.
- Crush fresh garlic and add it to salad dressing or sauces. Garlic is high in a sulfur compound called Allicin which has many medicinal properties. It can help lower harmful LDL cholesterol, boost immune system function, and fight harmful bacteria.