Do you eat to nourish your body? Nourishing foods provide your body with all the nutrients it needs to function optimally. ... Therefore, eating a variety of wholesome foods can help you maintain health and prevent illness and disease and keep it running at it's best.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Despite its recent surge in popularity, the extensive list of apple cider vinegar benefits has been well-known for centuries. It’s been shown to keep blood sugar in check, amp up weight loss and even improve the appearance of acne and scarring. Apple cider vinegar (or ACV) is made from apple cider that has undergone fermentation to form health-promoting probiotics and enzymes, giving it significantly less sugar and fewer calories than apple cider or apple juice. In fact, it only takes one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to take advantage of the health benefits of apple cider vinegar and each tablespoon clocks in at just 3–5 calories and contains minimal sugar. Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits including:
- regulating blood sugar
- enhancing weight loss
- lowering cholesterol
- relieving symptoms of acid reflux
- improving skin health
Try using it as your salad dressing for a low calorie, beneficial topping.
The healthy fat we love! Avocados are the only fruit that provides a substantial amount of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. These kinds of fats activate a part of your brain making you feel full and satisfied.
According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one serving of an avocado (1/5) contains:
-6g of fat
- 3.4g of carbs
-less than 1g of sugar
-3g of fibre
Avocados are a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium (contains more potassium than a banana). They also provide lutein, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids. We love avocados because of all the health benefits they have to offer like:
-Lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels
-Aids in digestion
-Can help you lose weight
-Monounsaturated fatty acids aid in a healthy heart
Is bread one of your guilty pleasures? Living a healthy lifestyle and losing weight doesn't mean you have to cut out all breads! Ezekiel bread is made using sprouted whole grains, legumes, and seeds. It contains no sugar, no preservatives, and no artificial ingredients like most other commercial brands. Ezekiel bread has more fibre, protein, and absorbable vitamins and minerals than most breads.
-lower blood sugar level
-increase protein content
-improves liver function
Scientists have found that capsaicin, the active ingredient in peppers that makes them spicy, has a wealth of health benefits. One study showed that when half a million Chinese adults were were studied, those who ate spicy foods three more times a week had a 14 percent reduced risk of death, compared to those who didn't eat much spicy food. Another study showed some promising results when they applied capsaicin directly to cancer cells; the growth of the cells reduced.
Researchers at Catalytic Longevity and the Mid America Heart Institute at St. Luke's Hospital found capsaicin, the pytochemical responsible for the spiciness of peppers, actually boosts your metabolism.
Sriracha is full of capsaicin, which is also believed to contain metabolism-increasing and some appetite suppressing properties.
Monk fruit contains compounds that, when extracted, are natural sweeteners 300–400 times the sweetness of cane sugar but with no calories and no effect on blood sugar. Since it is a no-calorie sweetener, it will not affect blood sugar levels and may be a good option for people with diabetes for reducing their total carbohydrate and sugar intake.
Some benefits of Monk Fruit are:
- all natural
- contains antioxidants
- zero calories
- promotes weight loss and weight management
- improves liver function
- Fights against cancer
- decreases blood sugar, total cholesterol, and triglycerides