Many times I get asked "what kind of things do you buy?" or "how do you eat?" Let me first say that I am mostly vegan, but I understand that not everyone is able to eat that way yet. All evidence points to the significant health benefits you get from going more plant based, so keep striving towards that direction. In the meantime, work with where you are, always trying to make healthier choices. You might not be able to do the healthiest option yet, but find a compromise until you're able to get there. It can be challenging to find healthier alternatives to your favorite foods. Here are some 'dietitian approved' examples to get you started. Soon you will be able to click on each one to purchase online if you can't find them at local stores -stay tuned.
For the 'chip lovers'
• Usda organic, non-gmo project verified, gluten free
Found at many health food stores, see link
• No trans fats, no artificial flavors and no preservatives
• Cholesterol free
• Gluten Free
• Kosher certified
• Vegan snack
I usually pick the beet chips out of these cause their my fav. I buy at Walmart or Publix
Oils - use very sparingly
BUILDING BLOCK FOR PROTEIN SYNTHESIS - As a complete vegetarian protein, it provides a complete range of essential and non-essential amino acids, helping to maintain lean muscle mass and support enzyme production for everyday health.
• Millet is a smart carb with lots of fiber and low simple sugars. Because of this it has a relatively low glycemic index and has been shown to produce lower blood sugar levels than wheat or rice. Millet’s high protein content (15 percent) makes is a substantial addition to a vegetarian diet
• Good source of vitamin E, folate, and thiamin
• Great in smoothies
• Adds texture and nutty flavor to any foods
• It’s A Source Of Key Vitamins And Minerals: Amaranth contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and iron. One cup of uncooked amaranth has 31 percent of the RDA for calcium, 14 percent for vitamin C, and a whopping 82 percent for iron
• Loaded with antioxidants.
A great addition to soups.
• A whole food, cacao nibs are also a great source of fiber. Sprinkle them onto cereal, trail mix, yogurt or ice cream or mix them into baked goods.
• USDA Organic, Kosher, Non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free
Here’s A Quick List Of Healthier Breads:
Sprouted Grain Breads
Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Bread – Food for Life (all varieties – 7 grains, sesame, genesis, flax, cinnamon raisin, tortillas, muffins)
Sunseed Bread – Manna
Banana Walnut Hemp Bread – Manna
Sprouted Multi-Grain Bread – Rudi’s (contains added sugar)
Sprouted Wheat Bread – Dave’s Killer Bread (contains added sugar)
Sprouted Wheat Multi-Grain Bread – Alvarado St. Bakery (contains added sugar)
Buckwheat Bread – Happy Camper’s (contains added sugar)
Gluten-Free Rice Almond Bread – Food for Life (contains added sugar)
Gluten-Free Exotic Black Rice Bread – Food for Life (contains added sugar)
Gluten-Free Super Chia Bread – Nature’s Path (contains added sugar)
Good Morning Millet Toaster Cakes – Ancient Grains Bakery (contains added sugar)
Gluten-Free Deli Rye Style Bread – Canyon Bakehouse (contains added sugar)
Ancient Grain Breads
Gluten-Free Ancient Grains Bread – Manna (contains added sugar)
Spelt Ancient Grain Bread – Rudi’s (contains added sugar)
Good Seed Spelt Bread – Dave’s Killer Bread (contains added sugar)