I am so so excited to share today’s blog post with you because it’s a little different than some of my other posts yet compliments my healthy inspired living theme going on the blog. So without further details let’s get into eating healthy!
I was super super lucky to win a grocery tour with the lovely Allie White from Allie White Wellness and since I love to blog and share my positive experiences I wanted to spread what I learned with you today. We met at Blush Lane Organic Market and seriously walked through every single aisle talking about all the foods we saw, what was good about some, not so good about others and what everyone should be eating more of. The whole time I took notes so I wouldn’t forget any details to share with you… there were a lot so not all of them may make it on the blog but I did want to share a few top pointers that i felt everyone should know or would be surprised to know.
My Top Take Aways:
- Smoothies! Love them but mine sometimes tend to be the same all the time… protein powder, frozen mixed berries and water, maybe add a banana or yogurt in there. Really it’s great but Allie recommends adding in some greens and mixing up which greens you add… So somedays you add in spinach, others lettuce or baby kale.
- Eat SEASONAL fruit. We are meant what is in season for us, so right now enjoy all the fruit you can get.
- The POWER HOUSE – Sprouts!! Did you know that? They are great on sandwiches and salads and full of great nutrients for you. Love this website detailing all the ways sprouts are good for you… did you see fountain of youth?
- Add the parsley & cilantro to your meals! they both have good amounts of antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins, and dietary fiber, which may help reduce LDL or “bad cholesterol” levels in the blood.
- Make Sweet Potatoes – Great way to eat them is to slice them up, coat them in coconut oil and bake them at 400 degrees celsius for 20 minutes on each side.
- Garlic and ginger are amazing for you… I already knew this but it’s a good reminder to make sure to add those to your meals and your cooking
- When you are eating healthy you cut out the unhealthy sweet snacks so a good substitute is Madjool Dates, great for a sweet snack but also really good for battling exhaustion.
- EGGS!! This one was a great eye opener for me. So you know when you go to the store and there are omega, grain fed, and so many more types of eggs. I always assumed that omega meant they were better than the other eggs and spent the extra to get the better. Turns out it means nothing… This isn’t the first time I’ve heard of this happening so I wasn’t surprised but really happy to know. If you are looking to pick an egg that is good for you look for certified organic free range eggs. Allie recommends Sunworks Farms Certified Organic Free Range Eggs who just so happen to be local.
- A GOOD PROTEIN SHAKE – Here is another question that I had. I have a package of protein shake in my house and my friend who sells them came over and read the label and said she thought there was a lot of sugar in it… Seriously? I think I’m doing really good eating healthy and I have no idea that my shake is adding in sugar. So I decide to google shakes, and turns out there are a million different sharks to choose from. Keeping in mind I am just a mom trying to get fit after kids, I am not deeply into the healthy eating and working out… so this is a complete learning process for me. One that Allie recommends for a meal replacement is Vega One for a Meal Replacement or Garden Of Life Raw Vegan Protein.
- Hemp Seeds in salad are awesome! Try apple cider vinegar with hemp oil/flaxseed oil and herbs of your choice
- Dehydrated Seaweed for salads – You can buy dehydrated seaweed, soak it in water and when it is ready toss it into your salad. It is a super food for you and when in a salad you don’t even notice you’ve added it.
- When reading labels always look at the sugar, the oils and make sure it is real foods. If you don’t know what it is then there are probably better options out there for you.
I hope what I have learned on my grocery tour has inspire you to eat healthier because I know it was an amazing experience to go through for me. It really made me realize that I am doing pretty good with my eating. I learned how to read labels a lot better, was given some really awesome meal & snack ideas and was inspired by what is out there and ready to take the challenge to work one item at a time into better diet. If you want more details please contact Allie White because she is amazing and knows so much about wellness.
Have a wonderful Monday and be beautifully inspired!