We seem to always have a shortage of spoons at our house. They walked off with all those packed lunches, I suppose. But, nonetheless, a spoon is something I seem to always be reaching for. And as I was digging around for one yesterday, it occurred to me that there are five spoonfuls of food I reach for every day.
It is those healthy spoonfuls that we take daily or almost daily that can have big affects on our health. Some of the bigger “healthy spoonfuls” that come to mind like regular exercise, healthy food choices, and stress management are certainly key to maintaining good health. But, even those small measures, that may seem hardly significant at the time, that we do or not do, count too . . . and, sometimes, a whole lot!
HEALTHY BITES I REACH FOR EVERY DAY
Here are five healthy spoonfuls of food I eat every day and why they may help you, too. I have included a few links to the products I use but I only link to items I find to be of excellent value:
1. I listed plenty of reasons here why I squeeze a lemon every day. Lemon juice is full of vitamin C and minerals, but I also like the routine of drinking warm lemon water first thing each morning. I make sure to squeeze out every last drop using my favorite lemon squeezer to create a healthy choice to start the day off right. For me, it’s beginning with a tiny measure of good intentions for myself and hopefully, the rest of the day will follow suit.
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2. I throw a big sprinkle of flax seeds in my smoothies or grind some in my spice grinder to dust over my organic yogurt or oatmeal, too. They are great for digestion, a good source of omega 3s (lots more information on that here), and are a superior choice to stabilize hormonal levels, reducing the symptoms of PMS and menopause, and potentially reducing the risk of developing breast and prostate cancer. Always grind them first as whole flax seeds are not easily absorbed or broken down.
- Chia seeds: Tap over here for information on this vitamin and mineral-rich ancient seed.
- Hemp seeds: These pale seeds contain all 20 amino acids we need and are great for cardiovascular health and our immune system.
- Pumpkin seeds: Pumpkin seeds are a good source of vitamin B like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates.
- Sunflower seeds are a good source of magnesium, helping to lower high blood pressure and maybe even prevent migraine headaches.
3. Most every afternoon, I reach for a scattering of nuts, depending on what we have. It is great to curb the hunger, a good source of protein, healthy fat, and I just love the crunch. I try to vary my nut choice to allow access to the various vitamins, minerals and fat profile of each type of nut that is especially good at providing. For example, cashews are a great choice for magnesium and brain support and almonds are full of fiber and we all know how good that is for us. Here is a great, quick link to check out for more information on healthy nut choices and why you may want to grab a spoonful almost every day.
4. When I can get freshly made sauerkraut at the farmers’ market, I hunt for a big spoon and dig in for a bite or two daily. But, I really should learn to make it myself like Dr. Weil here.
I enjoy sour foods and especially ones that are crisp, and, sauerkraut and other fermented foods are a great source of probiotic power for digestions and gut health. It is also full of antioxidant compounds (as with all cruciferous vegetables) that may help in eliminating free radicals, one of the causes behind cancerous cell formation.
Fermented foods carry a wide range of healthy bacteria, but, you won’t find the same type of good bacteria count in every batch, but that range is very beneficial. Because of antibiotic use and the creation of superbugs, the healthy bacteria in our systems are greatly reduced. Including naturally fermented foods such as sauerkraut is an excellent way to rebuild healthy gut bacteria levels.
Other digestive healthy choices to dig into each day are:
- organic kefir and yogurt
- olives (more reasons here to pop more of these)
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5. I don’t technically eat this, but if I wanted to, I could! My body moisturizer of choice is a slather of coconut oil after my shower or bath. This is the greatest dispenser of coconut oil as it deletes the mess! It sinks right in and keeps any eczema that I have to deal with sometimes at bay. It feels good that I am putting something on my skin that I could actually ingest and that does not have a list of chemical-sounding items on the ingredient list. Buy virgin, organic coconut oil in bulk like I do.
Do you have a bit of something you eat every day for good health? I would love to hear what it is! Please share in the comments.