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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Some of my favorite ingredients

These are some of my favorite ingredients and supplements that I use almost daily to up the nutritional content of everything I use to fuel my body and get me through the day. I threw in some ideas on just how you can make these part of your diet too. The ingredients are listed in order from top left to right then bottom left to right.

Coconut Flour: This flour is high in fiber and an excellent source of protein. It has a great coconut-y flavor that really goes well in baked goods and breads.

Milled Flax Seed: Flax seeds are one of the most versatile ingredients around and they are chocked full of good for you fats and fiber and are a low carb addition. You can blend them into smoothies, add them to an array of baked goods such as breads, cookies, homemade granola bars etc., yogurt, pancake or waffle batter. The possibilites are endless. If you add them to batters and baked goods you may need to up the water content slightly. I always use milled flax seed, as the whole seed itself is not easily digestable by the body and you will absorb very little nutrients from them. Remember to always drink plenty of fluids when eating high quantities of flax. Source: http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/cooking/a/flaxseedrecipes.htm

Chia Seeds: These seeds are amazing little lovelies, they truely are. They promote cardiovascular health with their omega-3's. With six times more calcium than milk, they support joint function and mobility. They have higher quantities of satiating protein than soy. They easily absorb 12 times their weight in water and help to remove toxins in the intestines. Also, if your looking to watch your weight, Chia has a filling high fiber content and an ability to lower blood sugar levels when eaten along with meals thus making it an ideal and super healthy weight loss apprentice. They have a neutral nutty flavor that makes them great to add to anything. My favorite ways to use these ebony beauties is to add them to my fave granola bar recipes or sprinkle them over pb or raw almond butter on some homemade black bread. Source: http://www.getchia.com/nutritional/chia-seeds-health-benefits.aspx?gclid=CJjygp6J5K0CFW5ntgodBAPYiQ

Nutritional Yeast: This is a deactiviated yeast (it won't make baked goods rise) that has an interesting cheesy flavor that can be added to pretty much everything savory. In fact there isn't really anything you can't add it to. I made this addition to my diet to easily up the nutritional content of all of my foods and not to mention it's tasty and even cheese-like therefore making it great for vegans and vegetarians. It's also great for my partially raw diet because of its versatility. Source: http://happyherbivore.com/2011/08/what-is-nutritional-yeast/


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