Nutrition, Nurturing and Nirvana
Three Easy Ways to Add Nutrition to Your Meals
March is here and I’m celebrating the start of spring by spending more time outside, enjoying the sunshine and warmer temperatures, and re-connecting with nature. It’s also National Nutrition Month®, a time to give attention to making informed food choices and celebrating new healthy habits. To help you get started, here are my top three easy ways to add extra nutrition to your meals.
1 “Nuke” the microwave
Did you know that the chemical composition of food, water, containers, and any other substance literally changes when it’s microwaved? Microwaving kills your food. Gross and scary! For maximum nutrition, steam veggies on the stove for 5-7 minutes until they are a bright color and a bit crunchy. When cooked this way, your food maintains its live enzymes and energy for your body to reap the most benefits.
For foods like organic popcorn, simply air pop it or cook it over medium-high heat on the stove top in a big sauté pan with a tight-fitting lid. Keep that pan moving until all the kernels are popped!
2 Sprinkle in Superfoods
Add a tablespoon of power-packed superfoods (such as chlorella, cacao, maca or chia seeds) to your smoothies, water, granola, or baked goods to get an extra boost of nutrtition AND flavor. I love adding a spoonful of chia seeds to my water or meals because it adds healthy protein, aids in weight loss, improves digestion, delivers anti-aging benefits, fosters joint and bone health, and also boosts mental health.
You can use whole or ground chia (your body will absorb them in any form). My favorite brand of chia is a proprietary blend by Mila.
3 Sneak in Leafy Greens
Fresh greens are easy to add to soups, stews, lasagna, sandwiches, or rice dishes to provide depth of flavor, and of course, extra nutrition. Leafy greens are cleansing for your body. They give you more energy, help you lose weight, provide mental clarity, and boost your immune system! Start adding handfuls of fresh greens like kale, spinach, Swiss chard, or bok choy to your favorite meals today. They are easy to sneak by kids too 🙂
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