I’m on CBS Las Vegas NOW with e simple and realistic ways to spring clean your diet and boost your overall health and wellness through better nutrition.
My first tip is to snack smarter
Snacks can absolutely fit into a healthy eating plan. They can provide an energy boost between meals and help fill in nutrient gaps. Build what I call a snack with staying power that pairs fiber-rich foods such as fruits and veggies protein like hummus, cheese or nuts. Walnuts are a good source of plant-based protein, fiber and good fats. In fact, walnuts are the only nut with an excellent source of ALA omega-3 fats which have been associated with benefits for heart and brain health. Unbound Snacks is a is a family-owned company founded by third-generation walnut farmers in the Sacramento Valley making superfood walnuts snackable and unforgettable. You can find these fresh, premium roasted, high-quality California-grown walnuts in five cravable flavors including Chili Lime, Butter Toffee, Sea Salt & Pepper, and cinnamon at UnBoundSnacks.com.
My next tip is to experiment with more plant-based meals.
A plant-based way of eating is linked to bevy of potential health benefits including improved immunity and gut heath, weight management and disease prevention. Trying one new meatless meal each week is a great place to start. My baked pasta dish is made with a secret plant-based ingredient– hummus which adds creaminess without the dairy. Start by tossing cherry tomatoes with olive oil, basil, oregano salt and pepper in a baking dish. Place the hummus in the center and bake for 30 min at 400 F before stirring in your cooked pasta. I use Fresh Cravings Hummus which is made with a short list of high-quality whole food ingredients including Chilean evoo, chickpeas and savory tahini and comes in a range of calories including classic and roasted red pepper. You can even put a plant-based twist on taco night with shredded bbq tofu and Fresh cravings refrigerated salsa for topping instead of cheese or sour cream. You can find Fresh Cravings Hummus in the deli section at Walmart and the refrigerated salsa chilled in the produce section.
Finally, eat to support your immune and gut health with pre and probiotics
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria found in foods like yogurt, kimchi and sauerkraut while prebiotics found in foods like asparagus and artichokes help fuel those good bacteria. If you don’t consume these foods often, consider TruBiotics® sugar free gummies, a science-backed probiotic supplement that works naturally to support both digestive and immune health and Life’s First Naturals a line of dietary supplements featuring cow colostrum that more than 6000 published studies suggest help support digestive and immune health in humans through prebiotics, immune factors, protective proteins and more.