By Be Well Health Coach Jackie Damboragian
Here are our top picks for “trendy” health foods for 2015. These are ones that we are recommending to patients more and more to support their health and healing. Enjoy and be well!
1. Bone Broth
Full of gut-healing nutrients collagen and gelatin, bone broth has justifiably been a staple of the human diet for thousands of years. This increasingly popular superfood has made a comeback as of late, not only does it nourish your gut, it also reduces inflammation, promotes healthy skin and increases the bio-availability of nutrients.
Due to its white color, cauliflower is often misperceived as lacking in nutrition, however, this cruciferous vegetable packs a powerful punch!
Cauliflower is particularly noted for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and digestive health benefits. It’s an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and folate. Cauliflower is great roasted, sauteed and these days my favorite way to prepare it is making Cauliflower Rice!
3. Grass Fed Meat
Grass-fed animal products pack a bigger nutritional punch than the standard issue factory-farmed, antibiotic-laced stuff. Grass-fed products are higher in beta carotene (Vitamin A), conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), and Omega-3 fatty acids, which all help keep cholesterol, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure in check. Grass-fed products are also significantly lower in fat, cholesterol and calories. Better yet, grass-fed is virtually free from the threat of E. coli outbreaks – another major plus for meat-eaters. Check out the American Grass-fed Association to find grass-fed producers in your area.
4. Pasture Raised Eggs (The Whole Egg!)
So long egg whites! The yolk is packed with nutrition and is an excellent addition to a healthy diet. Egg yolks contain antioxidants, B vitamins including B12, vitamin A, iron, selenium, biotin, phosphorous, choline, and other various trace nutrients. Choline in particular, which most Americans are deficient in, is a very important nutrient for brain function, the nervous system, and supporting detoxification in the body. They’re an awesome source of protein, at about 6 grams per large egg, with all essential amino acids. Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike can reap the protein-packed benefits from eggs. If possible, purchase pasture raised as this means the chicken grazed on grass and therefore the nutritional profile of the egg is superior to that of eggs from factory farms.
Fermented foods such as sauerkraut contain healthy, friendly bacteria (probiotics) that help to balance your gut flora — this is where 70% of your immune system is housed! Keeping your gut in working order is essential to good health, because of this fermented foods are a powerful food to incorporate into your diet. You want to be sure to purchase unpasteurized sauerkraut, which you can find in the refrigerated section of your local health food store.