We all know that question, “if you were stranded on a desert island, what would you want with you?” How about that same question talking about food? If you were on a desert island and could only take 5 foods with you, what would you choose? I have thought about this question and I think I have a pretty good idea about my top 5.
5. Sweet Potatoes: This root is jammed packed with excellent nutrients. With vitamins like B6, D, and C, this is a starchy food you should load on your plate. They also contain iron, which is vital in oxygen transportation and magnesium, which helps with, well, a lot of different things. From healthy arteries to relaxation and stress release, it seems to do it all. Experts believe that 80% of our population may be deficient in this mineral. I like to enjoy my sweet potatoes with olive oil and a touch of honey. You can saute them or bake them in the oven at 350 for about 25 minutes, or until soft.
4. Blueberries: These are like little ninjas. Blueberries are a great source of vitamin C, which aids in our immune system. They are well known for thier antioxidant work. Antioxidants help to control free radicals in our body. Think of free radicals as a family member or friend that over stayed their welcome. They think they belong, but they really do not. And the longer they hang out the more havic they produce. I love throwing these little guys in my smoothies!
3. Coconut Milk: I don’t drink cows milk, (I do eat cheese, which is weird I know). I have fallen in love with coconut milk. It just seems so natural and trustworthy. The benefits of coconut milk include, weight control, blood sugar levels, anti-inflammatory, aids in blood pressure, calcium for strong bones, I could go on and on. This is a great substitute if you are lactose intolerant too. I also like to have my coconut milk in a smoothie!
2. Kale: I heart kale so much! It has so many wonderful things going on in its precious little dark green veins. It is full of fiber and it has a healthy balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It also aids in eye function with its vitamin A. Because of the dark green color of kale, it is among the elite group of vegetables that have been linked to help fight certain cancers. Stock up on this one! I love to make kale chips. Wash your kale off, take the leaves off the stem and place on a cookie sheet. Then I like to sprinkle with olive oil and sea salt. You can bake for about 15 minutes at 350′. So good!
1. Almonds: Every thing a heart could ever want! They help reduce heart attack risk, artery wall build up, lower bad cholesterol, and in turn lower your Bp. They help build strong bones, aid in the nervous system, and can lower blood sugar rise after meals. Almonds are also an excellent source of protein. So rather than grabbing a burger, make an almond and honey sandwich. Who would have thought so many good things could come in something so small. I eat almonds on the go to help my hunger between meals.
Please let me know what your 5 are! I love learning about new foods and how they help our bodies.