Saturday, April 24, 2010

Great foods to have for meals!

There are so many great foods that are easy to make that will improve your health! And, obviously- they are vegitables and whole grains. Plus, they make you feel so much better about yourself and cleaner! Just make sure you have an open mind to trying out all sorts of different things, you really never know what you'll end up liking! I know I wasn't much of an orange fan in the past but being open to eating it made me more obsessed over it! Also to make sure that they are organic and to eat as much raw foods as possible! The more raw, the better!

Here's a list of foods!

-Organic Tofu
You can make anything out of Tofu these days. Tofu just tastes great with everything! Salads, scrambles, burritos, etc etc etc. Its packed with pure protein that comes from the soy bean. Its very low in Cholesterol and sodium, rich in iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, selenium, calcium and manganese. Whew! All that in a simple soy product! It can also help with weight loss as well! Make sure that you get organic though, to make as a habit of sorts. Tofu is usually the stamp label of vegan foods in replacement of meat.
What I usually do for breakfast is make tofu scrambles! Soo bomb as a kickstart for the day! I usually throw in some chips and salsa for a mexican kick!

Also derived from the Soy bean! This is what we use as a meat substitute! You can find tempeh in all grocery stores! Add this to salads, stirfrys, or sandwiches! Even having it by itself with some bbq sauce is legit.

Whether it be almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachio nuts, hazelnuts, what have you. Nuts are another great source of protein as well rich in calcium. Take into consideration that it is a high fat food, but, a heart healthy type of fat and help Lower Dense Lipoproteins (LDL's-bad cholesterol). It is recommended in a dietary plan to reduce Hypertension (chronic blood pressure), to have at least 4-5 servings a week.

-Raw Nut Butter
Again, whether it be almonds, or cashews, having it raw contains less free radicals and sodium. Much better than the processed flux that they create hydrogenated. No bueno.

Is also a butter coming from sesame seeds! You would have never guessed how much nutrients go into this little seed! It is enriched with copper, manganese, thiamin, phosphorus, and calcium! This is also low in cholesterol and sodium!

-Brown Rice Cakes
mmmmmmmmmm. shall I say more? Best snack ever invented. One of the best low calorie snacks out there! And its good for you! Just make sure it is the Brown kind! (think Brown rice-its healthier!). This would be great with the nut butters I've listed up top! How incredible a combination like that!

-Brown Whole Grain Pasta
Always, always, always look for the word "whole." That means it is 100%. It is a good carbohydrate that is unrefined, so you can be fueled up without feeling weak and it easier to digest! Plus they serve as another source of protein, vitamins and fiber as well as a phytonutrient! Who knew?
I love love love Mac n Chreese (chreese meaning vegan/plant version of cheese...ha!) and I always use brown whole grain pasta!

There you go! Stock em up and use for daily meals to help keep healthy and maintain weightloss!


1 comment:

  1. ahhhh amazing. i need to write all of this down and go shopping.