Saturday, November 8, 2014

10 Healthy Food Choices That Will Change Your Life

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds have numerous health benefits, including being a rich source of zinc and omega-3s, as well as a good source of magnesium. There are so many creative ways to eat pumpkin seeds, but if you're tight on time, grab a Strong & Kind bar. 


Nutrient-dense snacks with healthy fats are always a Do. Whole plant-based foods, such as in-shell pistachios, have plenty of heart-healthy fats, so snack away. Plus, a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that eating pistachios daily could even extend your life.

Pomegranate Seeds

The seeds in pomegranates, also known as arils, make for a sweet-tart snack. Pomegranate arils have high water content—about 78 percent water—which is a delicious way to get some extra hydration. Pom Wonderful Pom Poms Fresh Arils are only 100 calories a serving and surprisingly high in fiber. Enjoy them on the go or as a topping for your favorite salad or dessert.

Seaweed Snacks

I like Annie Chun's Roasted Seaweed Snacks, which are lightly seasoned, roasted sheets of nori, can satisfy the most serious salty-snack craving. High in vitamins and minerals and low in calories, the snacks are available in a variety of flavors including sesame, wasabi, and brown sugar and sea salt.


Salsa is another one of my favorite healthy snacks to keep around. My go-to is Sabra's Peach Mango Salsa. Enjoy these salsas as a dip for tortilla chips and veggies, or use them to add flavor to a dinner such as salmon or tacos.

Tiger Nuts

Research shows that these new amazing snacks, Tiger Nuts, are the first whole food source of a particular type of fiber called resistant starch, which is the preferred food of our probiotics. By nourishing these friendly tummy bugs, we are ensuring a strong immune system, which studies show is a key to preventing illnesses.

Superfood Blends

Rich in omega-3s, dietary fiber, antioxidants, and protein, a superfood mix like Barlean's, which is made of ground flaxseeds, chia seeds, and unsweetened shredded coconut, is great for improving digestion and reducing inflammation. Add to your diet if you have any gastrointestinal issues; you can use it in your cereal, smoothies, salads, and yogurt for a protein and flavor boost any time of day.

Maca Powder

Maca powder is a potent superfood that comes from an herbaceous plant native to the Andes mountains. It has long been used in Peru and Bolivia as a rich source of nutrition and is believed to promote healing. Maca is energizing without causing jitters, and proponents of the superfood say it can help balance hormones, increase fertility, and reduce stress. You can use maca powder in smoothies, granola, yogurt, and even tea.

Almond Oil

Almond oil is an amazing product that can be used both as a body moisturizer and a healthful food. The delicate flavor works perfectly in salad dressings and baked goods.

Steamed Meals

On a busy night, I like Simply Organic's Garlic Herb Chicken Steam Gourmet because it's a flavorful packaged dish that can be easily prepared when you don't have a lot of time (but want a fantastic dinner!). Pair with pile of steamed vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots, or spinach, and a whole grain (I recommend quinoa) for a quick, healthy dinner.