Today on Good Food Friday, we celebrated the end of National Nutrition Month with some easy and nutritious meals and snacks.
Smoothies are a nutritious way to start your day. I shared my workout partner smoothie made with no-sugar added 100% Pomegranate Juice from POM Wonderful known for its antioxidants. Pomegranate juice is a good source of potassium, an important electrolyte for healthy muscles.
Wonderful Pistachios are one of the lowest calorie and fat nuts –and among the highest in protein and fiber. I like the in-shell pistachios because they can help slow down the eating process and give your
brain time to register that you’re full.
Quick and Nutritious Lunch Option
I shared the Chopped Salad Kits by Taylor Farms. They were the first brand to bring these to the market in 2011. I love them because they have all the veggies, toppings and dressings in the bag for you – I simply add a protein to complete the meal. They have over ten flavors with new ones releasing next month. You can find them at Harris Teeter and Publix.
Pulses are a good sources of fiber and plant-protein – they include dried peas, lentils, chickpeas and beans. The Half-Cup Habit, refers to eating one half cup serving of pulses, three times a week, which research shows can help with weight management, heart heath, and gut health. The great thing about pulses is that they are so versatile – you can add them to salads, soups, even dessert. Pulses.org has some great recipes and cooking tips.
Better-for-you potato chip swap
I shared organic seaweed snacks by GimMe. They are savory and crispy like a potato chip… but naturally low in calories and HIGH in vitamins and minerals. Their roasted seaweed snacks come in sea salt, teriyaki and olive oil flavored sheets – great for kid’s lunchboxes. Their Seaweed Thins are only 100 calories per bag with 6 grams of protein and fiber. You can find the Thins at Publix and the roasted seaweed snacks at Harris Teeter and Whole Foods.