Most people are trying to eat healthier, but this can be a daunting prospect when you aren’t sure what foods to buy, how to cook these foods and where to purchase from.
Health food stores provide you with all the ingredients you need for a healthy life but sometimes knowing what to buy is hard to work out.
A lot of customers get fooled into thinking that just because a product is from a health food store it is good for you, they see words like organic, supplements, natural and so on and assume these are all the healthiest options.
While most foods in the health food store are a healthier option, some foods are better than others. Below are a list of the top foods to purchase in the health food store.
Chia seeds are an outstanding source of fiber with an impressive 11 grams per ounce; it also has lots of omega fatty acids and a valuable amount of calcium to name just a few of its qualities. Add it to cereals, salads and soups. The seeds pulverized are better digested so blend them up in soups and juices for extra benefits.
Bok Choy is an often overlooked vegetable as most don’t know how to prepare it. Once you learn how you will be eating a food full of antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin K and B-vitamins.
Bok Choy is one of, if not the healthiest green vegetable you can eat.
Bok Choy can be eaten raw in salads or if you prefer to cook it then simply fry some garlic in oil and add the stems first (as they are the thickest part) and then add the green leaves and stir-fry for approximately 4 minutes (any longer will destroy the nutrients)
This fermented garlic has a sweet caramel/clove flavour that has almost twice as many antioxidants as a raw bulb.
Eating black garlic helps to lower cholesterol and also reduces the risk of cancer. On top of all this, it leaves no bad smelling breath!
If you only decide to buy one product in the health food store make it Kale.
Kale has an impressive nutritional profile with 130g providing 355% of your RDA of Vitamin A, 88% of your Vitamin C requirements, a staggering 1327% Vitamin K and many other vital vitamins and minerals.
Kale can be eaten in a variety of ways, the most popular being to steam the leaves and add them to the salad.
Turmeric is a spice recommend for helping to fight disease.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties so is recommended to help prevent cancer as inflammation is involved in the development of cancer. This spice is also very beneficial for diabetics.
It can be added to curries, spiced dishes and sprinkled over different foods for flavour. If you buy Turmeric fresh why not try adding it to homemade juices and smoothies.
Always remember when shopping in the health food store opt for raw and fresh products.
If you are unsure how to cook something ask the staff, they are there to assist and advise you with any queries you may have.
Be adventurous, why not try a different vegetable every week or swap your usual shopping list for a similar product to see how you find the change.
Author: Jennifer Jones is a Fitness Instructor at Toronto, Canada. You can visit her website usplabsdirect.com