Happy Sunday! These past few days (or weeks I should say) have been extremely busy for me. With summer coming, weddings, birthdays, travel plans etc., it is difficult to find time for myself and stay healthy. I am a very routine oriented person and love to have everything planned out. What I have learned recently is that everything isn’t going to go as planned and that’s okay. Something else I have learned though is the importance of getting enough sleep, taking supplements, and eating healthy. It can make the world of a difference. Especially when I’m not eating a well balanced diet I feel more tired, my skin is dull and I can feel my body struggling to keep up. That is why I make it a point to sneak my favourite “super foods” into my day where ever possible! Eating gluten-free makes it that much more important to find ways to eat the right foods and keep your energy levels high.
Coconut oil: I have recently discovered my love for coconut oil. I have always loved the taste of coconut but never really found ways to incorporate it on a daily basis. Everyday I add a teaspoon of coconut oil to my coffee. I know it sounds a bit bizarre but it adds a yummy coconut flavour AND due to the high fat content I stay full in the morning until I get a chance to eat something. Coconut oil can also be used to bake, cook, make homemade body products…the list is endless. (P.S. I also use coconut oil to take my mascara off!)
Hemp hearts: I have been adding hemp hearts to my meals for a few years now. Currently I am loving them in my morning yogurt! They have a bit of an “earthy” taste to them so I add them to my vanilla greek yogurt with some fresh berries. These little seeds are high in protein, omegas, fibre, and magnesium.
Chia seeds: I have a love hate relationship with chia seeds. In terms of flavour I much prefer the hemp hearts but I fully recognize their awesome nutritional value so I find ways to sneak them into my meals. Chia seeds are high in fibre, manganese, phosphorus, and omegas. My favourite way to eat chia seeds is to make a chia seed pudding. I add 2-3 tablespoons of chia seeds to chocolate almond milk along with a dash of cinnamon and vanilla extract to make a chocolate chia seed pudding!
Pepitas or pumpkin seeds: When I think of pumpkin seeds the first thing that comes to my mind is hulling out seeds when carving pumpkins at Halloween. But what I didn’t know then is pumpkin seeds or formally pepitas are packed with all sorts of nutritional value. They are high in fibre, protein, and magnesium. These seeds are yummy to snack on alone, sprinkled on salads or a great addition to baking. One of my favourite ways to eat them is baked into Love and Lemons Carrot Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies.
What are some of your favourite super foods? How do you sneak them into your meals? Let me know in the comments below!