1. Cinnamon: This antioxidant rich spice will help balance your blood sugar- a healthy dose of cinnamon adds a flavor boost to sweet and savory foods. You can use this potent spice generously on oatmeal, yogurt, lattes, coffee, roasted squash, sweet potatoes and sweet treats. Cinnamon is also high in the important trace mineral manganese.
2. Sunflower Seeds: packed with vitamin E which is great for eye health, sunflower seeds make the perfect snack. It’s best to buy them raw to avoid the oils that they are roasted which often go rancid after being packaged. You can roast them yourself by tossing them in a skillet. Add to salads, oatmeal, cereal or homemade trail mix with raisins and other nuts or seeds. They provide good source of energy and are an alternative choice for individuals allergic to nuts.
3. Avocados, Nuts, and Good Quality Oils: when eaten in small amounts, the fat found in avocado, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, and in nuts won’t cause you to be fat rather they will provide satiation and will help you feel full. Opt to put some avocado, nuts and a good quality oil based salad dressing on your salad which will help your body absorb and utilize the nutrients found in raw veggies.
4. Any Dark Leafy Green: pack these vitamin and antioxidant rich powerhouse vegetables in 2-3 times a day. Ditch the heavy breakfast and start your day with a smoothie made with some greens such as spinach, kale, arugula or chard. Trust me- you won’t taste them but you’ll see the vivid lush green color- a great way to energize your body for the day ahead.