Hello Loyal Soup People! I’m always talking about how important it is to eat more fruits and vegetables. The more the better. But, because we’re all busy people, sometimes its just hard to squeeze proper nutrition into every meal. It does, indeed, take some time, effort, and thought. So this week, I’d like to talk about nutrient dense foods. If we focus on eating these types of foods, we can squeeze the equivalent of several servings of fruits and vegetables into one meal!
Nutrient dense foods provide the highest amount of nutrient content per calorie. When you’re trying to get the most “bang for your caloric buck,” these foods are essential. A few examples of nutrient dense foods are:
– Microgreens – Very trendy and very nutritious. These “baby” versions of regular vegetables (kale, arugula, radishes, etc.) can contain up to six times the amount of certain vitamins (C and E, for example) as contained in the mature plants. Just a few bites of microgreens pack a powerful nutrient punch!
– Healthy fats – Many studies show that eating healthy fat significantly increases your body’s ability to absorb essential, disease-fighting cartenoids found in vegetables. Adding a bit of fat (avocado, nuts, olive oil) to your salad will help add nutritional value to each bite!
– Frozen fruit – Fruits that are frozen are picked at peak ripeness and flash frozen. They therefore can sometimes contain even more nutrients than their fresh counterparts. Sometimes fresh berries have to travel hundreds or thousands of miles before reaching the shelves of your local grocery store. The longer they are off the vine, the more nutrients they lose. Their frozen counterparts retain all their nutrients.
While there is no magic pill for living healthfully, there are certain shortcuts we can take to help fit nutritious food into our busy lives. Now, if only there were an app for that!