11 Foods We CAN’T Live Without!
Here at the #TIUhq, we talk about food… A LOT. We’re always discussing our fave meals, snacks, and treats! We realized from these discussions that healthy, whole foods are on all of our minds! Turns out, our taste buds love being Tone It Up Nutrition Plan approved as much as our bodies do!
Today, Kat and I are sharing our top foods that we CAN’T live without! If you’ve never had some of them, give ’em a try! ;)
Chocolate… OF COURSE!
I love chocolate in every form: raw cacao nibs to top yogurt, dark chocolate bar squares to ease my sweet tooth 🍫, and of course chocolate Perfect Fit Protein in smoothies. (Yup, It has REAL chocolate in it! That’s why it tastes so amazing!). Plus, studies show that chocolate can actually help reduce your risk for cardiovascular diseases by 37%. Try out the Perfect Fit Chocolate Donuts recipe!! So much yum.
I probably eat eight a week! I use them in pancakes, waffles, and as pre-workout fuel. Pro-tip: slice then freeze your bananas for extra dreamy creamy smoothies! You’ve probably heard that they’re high in potassium, which is amazing for reducing muscle soreness. Unripe bananas also contain resistant starch, which can help lower blood glucose levels.
In my salads, smoothies… all kale errthang! It’s the perfect base to any meal – breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Bonus… researchers have found that you have an easier time absorbing calcium from kale than some other veggies. I’m lookin’ at you, strong bones! Try out this simple baked veggie and kale salad recipe HERE!
This is such a versatile ingredient! When flaked, it’s perfect for topping smoothies and yogurts. Use coconut water or milks to make smoothies or as a dairy-free baking alternative.
…in sauce! I use tomato sauce a few times a week. I love it in lean bowls and spaghetti squash (like in the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan). Tomatoes also contain a powerful antioxidant called lycopene that has been linked to cancer prevention.
It’s also a fave of Skunk. It gives her that fab hair! Baked salmon with some asparagus is a go-to dinner for me. Salmon is also high in vitamin D, which works with calcium to create strong bones.
This is a must in my kitchen. I’m always making Perfect Fit Pancakes and breakfast scrambles! Egg whites are high in protein and low in calories.
Roasted, sautéed, shaved… Brussels sprouts ALL DAY ;) This veggie is packed with soluble fiber – 2g per 1/2 cup! Soluble fiber actually helps reduce LDL “bad” cholesterol levels! Yassss.
I love them roasted with veggies or even on their own! Try baking a whole clove of garlic with a drizzle of olive oil, pinch of salt, and 1/2 tsp. dried thyme. It goes perfectly mixed into veggie bowls or sauces! Garlic also contains a powerful compound called allicin that helps boost your immune system and protect you from colds!
I use mushrooms at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I throw them in scrambles, bakes, sauces, or even snack on them with hummus. Mushrooms, especially portobello mushrooms, are high in bone-strengthening vitamin D! Try making a pizza with portobello as the base with THIS recipe!