Health Foods Trending Now You Won't Want to Miss

The need to consume nutrient dense foods is on the rise. As we work more and more hours, the need for a healthy way to sustain high-intensity lifestyles continues to grow.  Whether your diet could use a health tune-up or already is the essence of health, you’ll find at least one food on this list to add to your diet.
 
Here are the health foods and tips you won't want to miss.
 
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1. Chia Seeds

Health-conscious eaters are getting serious about—and going crazy for—chia seeds.  They are great for anti-aging, skin health, muscular endurance, weight loss, stamina, energy, digestive health, body metabolism, fat burning, heart health, hydration and the building of lean muscle mass. More specifically they deliver heart-healthy alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and per tablespoon, chia provides 2 grams protein, 4 grams fiber and 1.75 grams ALA. The seeds absorb liquid easily, gelling (making them easy on sensitive stomachs) and making a creamy addition to oats and pancakes, you can also use them in fruit bowls or salads.
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2. Arugula
 
This peppery green is full of beta carotene and vitamin C. It tastes great in a salad or tossed with pasta and olive oil. It also contains potent antioxidants that may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

3. Coconut Oil

That’s right, coconut oil! It can help you lose weight and improve your health leaving you feeling amazing! Coconut oil not only helps your body burn MORE calories than it takes in (this is true if you are eating high quality foods), but it protects your liver, so your thyroid can function at a higher level. Coconut oil tops the list of anti-inflammatory foods, has a plethora of healing super powers and offers significant benefits for brain health.

4. Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts belong to the same family as cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and bok choy — so just like their cousins, they deliver a megadose of antioxidants and anticancer compounds. While they're addictively good roasted or transformed into chips, you can also enjoy them a lot cooler than you'd expect in shredded brussels sprouts salads. You can tenderize them with a light citrus dressing or lemon juice and let them marinate. They pair well with shredded cabbage or carrots, chopped kale, cubed apple or pear, walnuts or almonds, sunflower seeds, and cranberries.


5. Spiralized Veggies - the New Noodles

That’s right, peel your veggies as your new pasta noodle. Veggie noodles supercharge your meals with a plethora of phytonutrients. And double bonus, veggies have way more flavor than pasta! Who wouldn’t want this?! Now more than ever before, traditional pastas are on the "no" list for those who avoid gluten, stick to a Paleo diet, or are trying to cut carbs to lose weight. Some of the best veggies to spiral are zucchini, beets, sweet potatoes, kohlrabi, and squash.  


6. Seaweed

Seaweeds are amongst the most nutrient-dense plants on the planet, they have access to all the nutrients in the sea making them an extremely rich source of minerals. Dulse, a type of red seaweed with chewy texture is rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It’s a good source of potassium and iron—and boasts loads of iodine, necessary in the regulation of the thyroid gland, usually found only in seafood or iodized salt. You’ll find it either in flakes or in bags of dried strips, and crumble it over soups or salads.
 

7. Kefir

This fermented dairy beverage is packed with beneficial probiotics that may help give your immune system more power. With 29 percent of your daily value of calcium per 8-ounce serving, kefir is the perfect choice for adding to smoothies in place of yogurt or as an on-the-go breakfast. Don’t be tricked into flavors which contain more sugar, opt for plain. And if you want extra flavor, add fresh fruit for natural sweetness. 

The next generation of health and weight-loss is recognizing the difference between feeling full and being satisfied with essential nourishment. Eating high-fiber, nutrient-packed foods that fuel us, is currently what is trending for healthy eating.  

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If you want to take control of your health, I’m here to offer you support. To learn more and start your health journey, please call 602.722.5627 or email cjarvie@healthstyles4you.com.

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