It's one thing to resolve to eat better, it's a whole other endeavor to actually stick with it. Making sure you always have a well-stocked supply of healthy ingredients on hand can make it much easier. Eating a variety of super foods is the best way to check all the right nutritional boxes. BentallGreenOak Residential Services wants to help you make this your healthiest year yet! Here are some healthy ingredients to stock up on in 2019.
Blueberries should be at the top of your list when it comes to a source of antioxidants -- which can guard against heart disease, cancer, dementia, macular degeneration and more. Berries in general are low in calories and high in nutrition and flavour. They may also protect against DNA damage from free radicals, protecting you against the effects of aging. Blueberries may also help maintain brain function and improve memory -- so don't forget to stock up!
Ground Flaxseed is a good source of fiber and is loaded with an essential fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid. This nutrient reduces inflammation in the body, which can aid everything from asthma to acne. There is also evidence that it may help fight heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer. The husk of the tiny seed is indigestible, so it must be ground to make its nutrients absorbable -- a coffee grinder will work just fine.
Yogurt is a great source of probiotics, or live beneficial bacteria. Yogurt can also fight the growth of harmful bacteria in the gut. A healthy gut microbiome is essential for proper digestion and overall health. Yogurt is also high in calcium and protein. Look for yogurt that contains active cultures of probiotics, without added sugar.
Is there anything that cinnamon doesn't make better? A little sprinkle seems to make just about everything taste better, plus it may reduce blood sugar spikes and has antibacterial, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal properties, too. This super spice is also high in minerals, including iron, calcium and manganese.
Oats are high in soluble fiber, including Beta-glucan which slows the breakdown of sugar to keep blood sugar levels from spiking. Beta-glucan can also promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract. Oats are linked to lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. They are also a good source of plantbased protein, with 10 grams in a half-cup serving! Oatmeal cooked with some ground flaxseed, cinnamon and blueberries, topped with yogurt, makes for a great way to begin your day, or a delicious pre or post-workout meal.