I am a workout wear fanatic…anyone else? If I’m not in work clothes for the office, nine out of ten times you’ll find me in workout gear. I find it comfortable, I feel confident and good in it and it totally fits my active lifestyle.
With warmer weather in the forecast, Spring finally here, I have been starting to crave those tropical feeling foods. When I was younger, I wouldn’t touch an avocado, fast forward to today and they are one of my favorite foods. Packed with super benefits, tasty, and a great combo to most dishes, avocados have become a staple in my diet.
Avocados are considered a SuperFood because of how high they are in nutrients and studies continue to find new health benefits of it.
High in healthy fats
Contain no Cholesterol or Sodium
Low in Saturated Fats
High in Fiber
High in Nutrients – Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin B5, Folate, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Potassium (contains more than in a Banana)
Also contain Magnesium, Manganese, Iron, Copper, Zinc, Phosphorus, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), and B3 (Niacin)
Shown to help lower Cholesterol and Triglyceride levels
High in antioxidants
Some studies show it has anti-swelling properties that can help reduce symptoms of arthritis
The first fish I ate… Salmon…considered a brain food (oh that’s why I’m so smart!)
Is a great source of high-quality protein
Contains Omega 3 Fatty Acids which have been proven to protect heart health, lower risk for stroke, improve blood lipid patterns and blood vessel function, and help reduce symptoms of immune and inflammatory disorders
High in Vitamins A, B, B6, D, and Vitamin E (which is a powerful antioxidant)
Also contains Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, and Phosphorus
I am a healthy snack fanatic. With the exception of Cheetos, I would choose something fresh over chips any day. I think they taste better and I feel better eating them. This series is all about making that healthier choice. I’ve combined some benefits of some of my favorite power foods with some snacky ideas and recipes in this series to help you fight the temptation of running to the vending machine. This week’s choice – almonds! I will never forget my first time eating a raw almond from the organic stand at the Farmer’s Market – ripping off the green shell to find this beautiful nut inside packed with super powers!
Why eat Almonds?
They help maintain blood sugar levels – which means more consistent energy in the day.
They are considered a good source of fiber and are packed with protein and healthy fats.
They’re considered a power food for the brain. Who doesn’t want a super-charged brain?! Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine which are nutrients that help with neurological activity and help prevent cognitive decline.
They can help reduce hunger which aids in weight loss (or helps prevent weight gain).
They have healthy antioxidants and healthy fats that support overall heart health helping to prevent heart disease and heart attacks.
They are a wonderful resource of Vitamin E and antioxidants (again with those awesome antioxidants!) which promotes healthy skin.