Modernize contacted me about posting one of their articles on my site. Of course it’s geared toward my blog. Hanna West wrote about 10 Organic Items to Stock up on for a Healthy Week
By Hannah West
If you and your family are making a pointed effort to eat only organic foods, it’s great to have some foundational items to always keep on hand. With some organic diet staples, you can make it through snack times and rushed meals without sacrificing the healthy factor. Here are ten organic must-haves and why they should always be on your grocery list.
Organic peanut butter is a snack-time lifesaver. It’s sandwich-friendly for quick kids’ lunches, great for smearing on celery or banana for a healthy snack, and even a perfect pick-me-up on its own. It’s packed with protein, heart-healthy fats, fiber, and potassium. However, even though peanut butter contains good fat, it never hurts to limit your servings so as not to surpass your daily recommended intake on peanut butter alone.
Kale is a no-brainer. This green of the decade is a nutrient-dense superfood packed with practically all the vitamins in the alphabet, plus manganese, calcium, copper, magnesium, and pretty much the full range of the vitamin Bs. With all that good stuff, the health benefits are too many to count. Besides all of the great stuff it contains, greens a great diet staple because they’re so versatile. You can eat kale in fruity salad, such as with grapes or apples, or in a savory salad–or, best of all, in a yummy green fruit smoothie you can take on the go.
Chia seeds are a little something extra that you can add to smoothies, oatmeal, homemade bread, salad, and even desserts. They’re so small that you may barely notice them even though the health benefits are through the roof. Chia seeds are similar to flaxseed in that they are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, and a host of essential vitamins and minerals. They may be tiny, but they sure are powerful.
Lemon juice is an extremely useful commodity, especially if your family has cut down on sugar and most fruit juices. Compared to other fruits, the juice contains much less sugar and therefore much less harmful fructose. When you want to add a tart and fruity spin to your morning juice, lemon is a wise and exciting choice. It’s also a flavor that works with both savory and sweet dishes, from cake to salad dressing. Don’t forget about the detoxifying and hydrating benefits of drinking warm water with lemon first thing in the morning.
Dried Veggie Chips
Sometimes that crunchy snacktime craving can’t be defeated–so it has to be outwitted. Crispy dried veggies are the perfect substitute for goldfish and potato chips because they satisfy the need for a salty, crunchy snack, but supply plenty of nutrients in the meantime. Make sure to hunt for a kind without added sugar, even if the addition is natural cane sugar. Vegetables are tasty on their own without fructose contribution, thank you very much.
From your morning oatmeal to your afternoon smoothie to your evening dessert, frozen fruit canmbe that little burst of something sweet in your diet. Grab a mix of blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries for an ultimate antioxidant flavor punch.
Like chia seeds, quinoa is a versatile and protein and fiber-packed grain. It also gives you a healthy dose of iron without the red meat overload. Throw in calcium, phosphorus, B vitamins, Vitamin E, and magnesium and you have a true superfood. Eat it for breakfast with peanut butter and apples, mix it with veggies for a salad, and even use it as the base of your entree.
Chickpeas are rich in fiber, protein, manganese, and iron. Homemade hummus is a delicious snack time treat, but don’t forget about the other delicious ways to incorporate chickpeas into your diet. You can roast spicy chickpeas for an appetizer or make a salad with edamame and lemon. Throw them in pasta, chicken wraps, stir fry, curry, and well, pretty much anything you want!
Plain Greek Yogurt
Plain Greek yogurt contains probiotics that are great for your digestive system. It also contains protein, B12, potassium, amino acids, and more. But the biggest plus of incorporating Greek yogurt in your diet is that it can seamlessly take the place of many dessert foods. If you’re throwing out the sugar-packed puddings, ice cream, flavored yogurt, and whipped cream, have no fear–with a little bit of fruit or a few dashes of cinnamon, Greek yogurt can satisfy that tenacious dessert craving in a healthy way.
Since you probably have most of the snacky foods covered by now, it never hurts to add in a quick, easy, and healthy entree to satisfy hungry bellies. This low fat, low calorie, fibrous, and usually preservative-free meal will satisfy the craving for something a little heartier.
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What ten basic organic items to do you keep on hand for a healthy week?