I think everyone has those “must have” foods that they eat as a part of their healthy WOL (Way of Life). Exercise or just moving, no matter how small or large, is a big part of a healthy WOL. What you eat is important too. Everyone has their own list of “must have” foods that work for them. Their favorite, tried and true foods. These are mine:
-Vegan plant based protein powder. My favorite is Orgain Organic Protein™ Plant Based Powder in Vanilla Bean. I like it because it is vegan, plant based and tastes so good. I have mostly used the vanilla bean flavor which is my ultimate favorite, but I have also tried and like the chocolate flavor. Drinking this is great to get your protein in for the day. In fact, it contains, 21 grams of organic plant based protein. In addition, it contains, 5 grams of organic Fiber, has only 5 grams of net carbs and is only 150 calories per serving. It is gluten free, kosher, vegan, non-GMO, and soy free. This may be my favorite brand, but I am open to trying any vegan plant based protein powder especially if it’s vanilla flavored.
-Unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I use almond milk for my protein shakes. I blend it with ice and it is so delicious. Almond milk contains proteins, lipids and fiber. It also contains calcium, vitamin D, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc. There is no cholesterol or saturated fats in almond milk. Almond milk is great if you are vegan or want to be dairy free. It has less calories than 2% milk and even skim milk.
-Almonds. Almonds make a perfect snack. It curbs your hunger and gives you energy. Because it reduces hunger, it can promote weight loss. It contains healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium and vitamin E. Eating almonds can lower blood sugar levels, reduce blood pressure and lower your cholesterol.
-Old Fashioned Oatmeal. Oatmeal is great because it is nutritious, keeps you full and keeps that cholesterol down. I like the old fashioned oatmeal even though it takes longer to cook. The oats are thicker and I think tastes better. Oatmeal has many health benefits including weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease. Oatmeal is nutrient dense since it is loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidant plant compounds. Oatmeal can lower cholesterol levels and protect LDL cholesterol from damage. Oatmeal can also improve blood sugar levels by lowering blood sugar levels. Since it is very filling, it can keep you fuller longer and therefore help you lose weight. It’s also full of fiber which is great for your diet.
-Green Tea. Green tea is great for a healthy lifestyle. It can lower cholesterol and improve blood flow. It has antioxidants that fight and may even prevent cell damage. It can also help keep blood sugar stable. Green tea is a perfect substitution for sugary drinks.
-Hard boiled eggs- Eggs are incredible. And edible. Incredible edible eggs. They are full of protein and healthy fats. Yes, eggs are high in cholesterol. However, they don’t adversely affect blood cholesterol in most people. In addition, eating eggs increases HDL cholesterol, that ‘s the good cholesterol. Whole eggs are an excellent source of choline. Eggs are great for eye health because they contain the antioxidants, Lutein and Zeaxanthin. Eggs are very filling and helps you stay fuller longer. This helps with weight loss.
– Bananas. Bananas make a great snack. Not only are they convenient to pack as a snack or breakfast, they contain several essential nutrients, fiber and antioxidants. Eating bananas are beneficial for digestion, heart health and weight loss. Bananas can also help regulate blood sugar levels.
So those are my favorite must have products for a healthy WOL. What are your tried and true healthy products?
Today I am grateful for good health.