Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Top 10 Healthy Items to Keep in the Kitchen

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By: Katie Comer
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With the start of the new year, there’s no better time than now to get a head start with your resolutions. And if yours is to eat healthier for 2016, you’re in luck, because we’ve got some tips on stashing your fridge to ensure that every meal or snack you reach for will be good for you. Here are Modernize’s ten must-have foods for a healthy and productive week:

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are amazing for adding fiber and protein to your diet. You can mix them in your fruit and vegetable smoothies, or add them to eggs for extra vitamins and fiber. Chia seeds are a great addition to any meal. Instead of a high carb breakfast that will certainly make you feel bloated, try chia seed pudding with fruit. Mix a tablespoon of seeds per cup of coconut milk and let the pudding congeal overnight. Add fruits, like berries, for a quick and healthy breakfast you won’t regret eating throughout the week.


Avocado

Avocado should be an item you pick up at the grocery store during every shopping trip. This tasty treat is packed with vitamins and is low in sugar. Avocados are packed with fiber, making you feel fuller longer. Avocado can also turn bland foods into delicious meals. Try adding avocado to your toast in the morning, or you may enjoy eating them plain. They are a perfect staple food to provide you with the energy you need to make it through a hectic week.

Berries

Berries are the healthiest fruit you can buy. They are filled with antioxidants, and also low in sugar. Goji berries, blueberries, and strawberries go together to create a perfect smoothie. Berries are also good to have available for a quick and healthy snack. They are filling, and are also quick to grab. Replacing unhealthy snacking with delicious berries will help you stay focused on your health throughout the week.


Almond Butter

Sometimes craving a sweet snack is inevitable. Instead of running for the chocolate bar stash, try almond butter on a piece of toast or an apple. Almond butter is sweet and provides a great addition to fruit, while helping you with cravings.


Lemon

Everything's better with a squeeze of lemon. You can replace fatty sauces, like salad dressing, with lemon and herbs. You can add lemon to water to jumpstart your metabolism and add fresh flavoring. It's a perfect flavoring tool for a variety of foods.


Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is the best snack for a busy week. It is so easy to grab a yogurt on your way to work or to the gym. Greek yogurt also makes a great substitute to fatty condiments, like mayonnaise. Try adding diced chicken breast and curry to Greek yogurt for a tasty curry chicken salad. You can also toss in some almonds and grapes as additions for an even healthier chicken salad option.


Leafy Greens

Spinach, lettuce, and kale should always be in your refrigerator. These vitamin-packed veggies should be added to almost every meal. Use leafy greens on top of your bagel, or make a tasty salad for lunch. Try adding greens to your dinner to ensure you are getting enough vitamins to make it through a busy week.


Eggs

If you need a healthy protein that is easy to cook, eggs are the perfect food. They are inexpensive, and they provide so many nutrients to your diet. They can be added to chopped salad for protein, or eaten plain. They are a perfect food for those who don't have a ton of time to spend on making meals. Add herbs, like basil, to your eggs for flavoring.


Tortillas

Carbs provide you energy and are very important in a diet. A healthy carb option is a tortilla. They can be added to protein for an easy dinner, or used to make a breakfast burrito. They are delicious and easy to add to recipes to replace bread.


Hummus

Hummus makes for a great snack, and it comes in a variety of flavor options. Hummus can be added to sandwiches or used to dip veggies. It's the perfect healthy addition to any meal. It is a natural food, so you don't have to feel guilty about snacking on this tasty snack.




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