If I could offer only one piece of advise when it comes to nutrition it would be this: choose foods with simple ingredient lists, or better yet no ingredient list at all!
I attended the Vancouver Wellness Show this past weekend and was pleasantly surprised with the number of products being sampled that had simple ingredients without all the additives and chemicals. Three products in particular stood out to me that I would like to highlight.
1. Flaxseed Cooking oil
Flaxseed oil is known for it’s low smoke point, around 225 F. But this company, Alligga, has found a way to increase the smoke point so it can be used for cooking. They cold-press the seed to extract the oil. The oil then goes through a filter to remove wax and impurities. It remains “unrefined” because they don’t use or add any chemicals, additives, preservatives etc. Basically, nothing is added, just removed. This increases the smoke point to 482F. According to Alligga, and their third party lab tests, even at the smoke point the oil retains its nutritional value (55-60% Omega-3 (ALA)). It also adds great flavor to many dishes – like pasta! Mmmm
If I may offer you another piece of advise, it would be to include variety in the diet. Use multiple oils to ensure you are getting a variety of fatty acids and not missing out on any one in particular. This oil would be a great one to add to your pantry along with a few of my other favorites: EVOO (don’t cook on high heat with this), camelina oil and sesame oil.
2. “Karma”ffins by U-Be-Livin- Smart
These muffins are gluten free, which can often mean highly processed with lots of sugar and additives to make them taste like they are not gluten free – and then they still taste awful! To my delightful surprise, these muffins were absolutely delicious and contained great ingredients with no added sugar. Each muffin has 4 grams of fiber, 9 grams of protein and 18 grams of carbohydrate, all for only 130 calories.
Ingredients (Orange Cinnamon): Sweet potato, avocado, egg whites, whey protein isolate, apple, banana, blackberry, blueberry, cranberry, dates, orange, pomegranate, mango, chia seeds, coconut, natural flavor, baking powder, baking soda.
Pretty good for a store bought muffin if you ask me!
3. Flavored Hemp Seeds
I am a huge hemp seed lover. They are a great source of iron and protein, not to mention many other vitamins and minerals. One thing I really like that Natera has done is the flavored pre-packaged servings in maple and himalayan pink salt. The extra packaging is a down fall but it makes it super easy to throw a pkg in your purse or lunch. I like the maple ones on my oatmeal or plain greek yogurt and the salt ones on cucumber or salads.
Navigating the grocery stores over run with highly processed foods can be challenging but becoming an expert label reader and following me on Twitter and Facebook can help you make smart choices for yourself and your family!
All thoughts expressed in this post (and everywhere else) are my own.