Sprouts wants to help you on your healthy living journey by offering a great selection of good-for-you foods and tips for making every meal a healthy choice in 2018.
#1 – Load Up on Fruits & Vegetables
The USDA’s guideline is to eat 5–9 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables—or two cups of fruit and two-and-a-half cups of veggies—daily. Fruits and veggies contain antioxidants, essential minerals, like potassium and fiber to protect against chronic illness and disease.
Try this! Add fresh or frozen veggies to smoothies or casseroles for an extra serving of nutritious, colorful produce.
#2 – Boost Energy with Whole Grains
Whole grains are a great source for the B vitamins that help boost energy and fiber to feel fuller longer. Rich in nutrients, whole grains can offer protection against heart disease and diabetes, as well as significantly reduce the amount of cholesterol in the bloodstream. Aim for 5–8 servings of grains per day, with half of those being whole grain.
Try this! Add a little whole-grain twist to your soups or salads by adding quinoa, amaranth, barley or wheat berry.
#3 – Maintain a Balance with Cultured Food
Cultured foods can improve digestion, support a healthy immune system and promote friendly flora in the gut. These live-cultured foods are loaded with probiotics, essential vitamins and minerals. When ingested, they are beneficial in helping prevent and treat numerous medical conditions.
Try this! Add unpasteurized sauerkraut on your sandwich, add kefir or yogurt to a smoothie or enjoy a cup of miso soup for a probiotic punch.
#4 – Build Muscle with Lean Protein
Protein, the building block of muscles, also creates the necessary enzymes to help repair body tissue, skin and cartilage. Choose lean meats (like buffalo), egg whites and incorporate a variety of seafood 2–3 times a week. Meat isn’t the only source of good protein—try plant-based proteins like dried beans, lentils or tofu.
Try this! Use beans and lentils as a main dish for burgers or burritos. Beans contain slow releasing carbohydrates, and are low in fat and high in protein.
#5 – Fill Nutritional Gaps with the “Essential 4”
Eating a proper diet should be all you need to get the recommended vitamins, minerals and nutrients for optimal health. However, these nutritional marks are often missed by consuming suboptimal foods. The Essential 4 are supplements that easily incorporate into your lifestyle and help fill those nutritional gaps.
Try this! Incorporate Sprouts Essential 4 in your diet: (1) Multivitamins, (2) Omega-Rich Oils, (3) Probiotics, (4) Superfoods.
Note: Be sure to check with your physician before starting any supplement routine.