A long time ago, when I started changing my habits and thinking about the future I was going to have if I continued eating randomly, I needed such a list so badly. I did not know where to start from, where to begin. Putting all found pieces of information together, I finally came up with 5 must-haves for a successful transition from eat-it-all to eat-what-makes-difference diet. Some items from this list will help you to create delicious recipes and/or will improve your skin appearance, hair and nails condition as well as overall wellbeing.
I am sure that most of them you already know about and maybe even use some of them in your everyday life. So just stay posted about the new ways to use the essentials as I am going to share them with you. Today I am going to create a bullet list and expand each and every point in my next posts.
Alright, so let’s start with Oils that proudly hold the first place on my list. Oils are truly an amazing product! There are thousands of ways to use them for cooking, for beauty formulas or even for mental health improvement. Examples: coconut oil is used for baking, grilling, desserts cream hardening, hair treatment, skin moistening, and cellulite reduction. Avocado oil is used in healthy grilled and fried dishes. Olive oil is a healthy choice for salads, dipping sauces and hair treatments. Sesame oil is the winner for yummy salads and veggie mixes. Essential oils can help get rid of the allergies, respiratory diseases and prevent the sicknesses before they happen.
Number two on my list is Butter. Yes, you heard it correctly, I said butter and I am going to prove it to you. In the past decades, a term ‘butter’ has stopped being associated with a cream butter only. Today it means a bunch of healthy options for adding taste and diversifying food intakes. Examples: cocoa butter is one of my absolutely favorites for making clean chocolate treats and nourishing skin. Nut butter (almond, cashew, walnut etc.) is a yummy addition to snacks and desserts that greatly improves the appearance of nails, hair and skin.
Number three belongs to Seeds. The variety of which is just impressive nowadays. Check it out yourself! Examples: Chia seeds. I love them! There is barely a baking dish, dessert or smoothie where you cannot use them. Puddings, homemade jam, raw creams, healthy sprinkles on salads, Buddha bowls and many other foods you can use them for. They are packed with fiber, healthy fats (such as Omega-3s), protein, calcium and magnesium. There is no easier way to feed your body with the right nutrition than to add a tablespoon of Chia seeds to your dish. Flaxseeds are used in baking goods, salads, sauces, for nutritional purposes and as a substitute for eggs. Plant-based diet enthusiasts, vegans and people who have the egg allergy really appreciate flaxseeds for their properties and a large amount of Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, Vitamin B1, Manganese and Magnesium. Hemp, pumpkin, sunflower, sesame seeds can be easily added to your smoothie, oatmeal, fruit bowls, salads or baking creations. They make dishes flavorful, nutritional and colorful. Sprinkle them on your food or add a spoon into the dish and enjoy the results in your skin and hair improvement as well as in the digestive tract. Sprouted seeds (buckwheat, barley, mung beans, wheat berries, etc.) hold a separate place in my diet because of being raw additives that help me get more vitamins and improve my digestive health with minimum work from my side.
Number four on my list goes to Nuts. We discussed nut butter already, but it doesn’t mean that we do not need to discuss nuts separately. Nuts are simply magical foods. They play a crucial role in establishing a healthy lifestyle because of their direct relation to heart health, weight control, decrease of inflammation and improvement of nutrition deficiency. Examples: almonds, cashew, walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts and pistachios are used to make homemade milk, flour, cheesecakes, desserts, puddings, non-dairy cheese, yogurts, sauces and many other amazing dishes that are not going to disappoint you regardless of your taste and diet preferences.
Number five of the bullet points is taken by Superfoods. Just like other superior things, superfoods are known for their protective mechanisms. Packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, superfoods work on strengthening immune system, improve mood, fight aging and chronic diseases and even make you slimmer and stronger than ever before. The term ‘superfoods’ does not necessarily mean something unknown or exotic. Most people do not know that kale, blueberries, tomatoes, salmon, apples and avocado are considered superfoods! This is easy just like that! Your favorite fruits and vegetables that do good for your health. The list of such foods is long and impressive, but I want to focus on those that an average person barely eats or maybe even does not eat at all. Examples: Sprouted seeds (as was mentioned in #3 of the list), watercress, Acai berries, Goji berries, cocoa powder, cinnamon, seaweed, Maca powder, nutritional yeast, turmeric and many others. They are able to restart an immune system and activate protective mechanisms in a body.
Do not become overwhelmed with the material you just read and all the products that were mentioned above. Take your time and first think what information was not new to you? What details you heard somewhere and were not surprised by? What new facts you learned from this list? Systemize your knowledge and start planning the easiest way to make a change in your pantry. There is no need to buy each and every product right away and, moreover, I will share with you the trick of how to use, for example, a single cup of almonds to make delicious nut milk AND flour for baking to make sure you have as little leftovers as possible. I am sure it is going to be worthy of your attention, so hold on and I’ll talk to you soon in my next posts.