At first you may think that avocados are just too high in fat for your diet however these fats are important for a number of different reasons. Primarily they will keep you feeling full longer, helping with blood sugar levels and cravings. They help with keeping your skin beautiful and soft. Avocados are very high in b vitamins which are important for a number of different metabolic pathways in the body. Lastly, you can mix an avocado in just about anything! Add it to your morning smoothie, your chia pudding recipe, any salad or make a salad dressing out of it!
While you are enjoying your daily avocado, add a few pieces of raw broccoli for fiber and anti-cancer phytonutrients such as sulforaphane. If you feel like broccoli is the most difficult vegetable to digest add a fat like avocado to help it breakdown and absorb better.
This lean protein is high in selenium, b12 and iron. This meat will make your blood stronger while helping to decrease sugar cravings because of its high protein content. My personal favourite is buying ground bison meat and making little burgers with broccoli, flaxseed, chia seed, garlic and onion. Great savory breakfast option.
Chorella is an blue green algae that comes in powder form or tablets. It is high in a multitude of micronutrients like magnesium, b vitamins, and iron just to name a few. Also a great source of protein. You can add the powder to a smoothie or take down a few tablets a day. Helps with the body’s detoxification process and will give your skin a fresh look.
Kale is a no brainer! High in many vitamins and minerals like folic acid and vitamin A & C and is all around delicious. Super easy to add to salads, smoothies, or make scrumptious kale chips in your oven.
Radishes are definitely an acquired taste. However that spicy flavour that you either hate or love is the important part! The spicy taste in foods is generally silica, a mineral that is used in the body for healthy hair, skin, nails and bones. This is a beautifying mineral. Make a extra spicy juice with kale, apple, ginger, lemon, radish and garlic. This is sure to wake you up instantly!
7. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are the most versatile snack out there. Even the laziest person can add chia to their diet because you can literally mix it in some almond or coconut milk and be on your merry way. Chia seeds are a great source of fiber which will help with weight loss and colon health. More than that they are a great omega 3 and protein source.
8. Red cabbage
For hormone balancing, anti-cancer benefits, fiber, iron, as well as a list of never ending phytonutrients. Personally I love chopping it up very small and adding it to a kale salad. Adds a fantastic crunch!
Apple pectin, a type of fiber found in apples is beneficial for colon health, pulling out toxins and helping with elimination. An easy snack if you are on the go and once again the list of phytonutrients is very impressive.
10. Garlic & Onions
Okay, okay, I know this is technically two foods but everyone knows they go together like peanut butter and jelly. I get it, they are a bit stinky and make your breath repulsive but I’m here to say, do away with garlic and onion breath judgement! If someone doesn’t want to kiss you because you smell like garlic and onions they clearly don’t care about your health! These buddies are the anti-cancer superstars, making your immune system stronger than a professional weight lifter! Eat garlic everyday to keep the doctor away. And if you find that raw garlic hurts your stomach, you’re not alone, but like I said previously try eating it with a fat source to help the sulfur digest more effectively.
It’s a difficult thing; figuring out what to eat all the time. The best thing you can do to amp up your health is to include more nutrient dense, high fiber, high protein foods and eventually some of the bad stuff will petter out. And as always if figuring out a meal plan is still the most challenging portion of your to do list there are people who have gone to school to learn all about it so that you don’t have to! Booking a visit with a holistic nutritionist is always a great option at the end of the day.
I am a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, CHN™ and have a transcript in Iridology from the Canadian Institute of Iridology. I achieved my diploma with honors in holistic nutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Calgary, Alberta. My vast knowledge of supplementation has been acquired from working in naturopathic clinics, health food stores and ongoing education through webinars, books and podcasts. It is important to me to have up to date information on the newest nutritional research and popular diets. I have also completed my 200hr yoga teacher training in Brazil in 2013 with Define Yoga.