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As we settle in to 2018 the beginning of a new year brings, for some, a New Year’s resolution. While we are not a huge believers in resolutions, any day is a good day to make a change, you can’t deny the hope for better that accompanies the clear beginning of a new year.
Many resolutions include a commitment to eating healthier. This is one of the best choices you can make, but, there are many foods out there masquerading as healthy that are not and eating them will surely sabotage any attempt to be healthier. Many of these foods are filled with sugar, cheap fillers and are highly processed.
Today, we are breaking down five foods that you may think are healthy that are not. We are also sharing a few foods that should be included in every healthy diet. Here’s to 2018!
Top 5 Offenders
We have been told for years that yogurt is healthy. It is filled with calcium, probiotics, I mean what could be healthier? Many things!
First off, yogurt is filled with sugar, the healthy diet destroyer. Most yogurts are more like a dessert than a healthy food.
Then there is the dairy.
Dairy, from a cow, is not healthy. We’ve all been told our whole life how healthy and important diary is but dairy causes inflammation and inflammation is the home of disease.
All dairy, and even organic, is filled with a female cow’s hormones, which belong in a female cow’s body not yours or ours. It is hormones that cause a mama to lactate and they are transferred through the milk.
There are also studies that show that even though the American diet has one of the highest cow’s milk consumption rates in the world we still have one of the highest rates of osteoporosis. Why? Because the calcium in cow’s milk isn’t able to be fully absorbed by the human body meaning it doesn’t build strong bones it creates brittle bones.
Granola can have some very healthy and good ingredients like nuts, oats and seeds. Unfortunately, most of the granola in grocery stores is, like yogurt, filled with sugar, highly processed and contains soy based ingredients, which are cheap, nutritionally void fillers.
If you love granola we would highly recommend making your own, we linked a great recipe below. Then, you have complete control the quality of the ingredients and can make this a truly healthy snack.
We know that life is crazy busy, so if making it at home is out of the question we suggest the granola linked below.
Once again sugar and cheap fillers are the problem here. Many protein bars, even organic ones, have some very unhealthy ingredients and are highly processed. You will want to avoid any soy based ingredients, such as, soy protein, soy lecithin and the usual offenders, sugar, corn syrup and artificial sweeteners. Some of our favorite clean options are listed below.
We love that Two Moms Soul Sprout Bars have sprouted seeds and nuts and RX Bars taste delicious and have just a few ingredients.
A smoothie can be a super healthy snack and a nutritionally dense food, if you make it right.
Unfortunately, many of the smoothies that you’re going to find at most cafés and restaurants have as much refined sugar as a dessert and anything healthy in them is overshadowed by all of the unhealthy ingredients.
Artificial sweeteners, milk, yogurt and other unhealthy ingredients are the problem.
This is another one that is best to make it home. Then you can control the quality of what you are eating. Below is one of our favorite smoothie recipes. You can put whatever fruit in it that you like and we promise it is delicious!
The Green Goddess Smoothie (makes enough for 2)
1 cup unsweetened nut milk of choice or water
1 cup organic fruit of choice, we love organic blueberries and raspberries
1 organic apple sliced, leave the skin on
1 handful fresh organic spinach
1 Packet Frozen Acai or 1 Tablespoon Freeze Dried Acai
½ Avocado – Please don’t omit this, it makes the smoothie creamy and you can’t taste it at all
1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
½ Teaspoon Spirulina
You can also add any other ingredients we love to add Maca, Baobab and Collagen Hydrolysate.
Blend and enjoy! This smoothie is very thick, if your blender isn’t powerful add a little more nut milk or water to thin it out.
Remember a few years ago when Agave syrup was touted as the new super healthy food? It was marketed to diabetics as having a lower glycemic index and being a great replacement for sugar. It has since been discovered that it is not at all healthy. It is another highly processed sweetener and like all highly processed food any nutritional value has been lost during processing. Studies have shown that is just as unhealthy as table sugar.
Now that we have the list of offenders let’s look at some foods that you are truly healthy and would be a great addition to your life.
Foods to Add to Your Diet
We LOVE Hemp Hearts! They have a nutty flavor and crunch that are a great addition to cereals, smoothies, salads and oatmeal. They are high in fiber, Gamma-Linolenic Acid, Omega-3’s and protein. They truly are a healthy powerhouse.
Much like Hemp Hearts, Chia Seeds are high in fiber, Calcium, Manganese, Magnesium, protein and antioxidants. They can easily be snuck into smoothies, sprinkled on salads, oatmeal and other foods. If you’re not a fan of the texture they blend up completely in smoothies, if you have a really nice blender like a Vitamix or Blendtech.
More and more studies are coming to the same conclusion that true health begins and ends in your gut.
One of the best ways to keep your help got healthy is by eating fermented foods. Fermented foods contain probiotics, healthy enzymes, B vitamins and Omega-3’s.
Some great fermented foods can include sauerkraut, Kombucha, rejuvalac and Kimchi.
What are some of your healthy go-to foods? We’d love to hear, share your thoughts below!
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