Everyday Foods Better Than Superfoods
By Sara Butler
Superfoods are trendy. It seems as if you’re constantly hearing about the next great thing in the world of food – an item that can make you look younger and cure what ails you! Obviously, it pays to be skeptical about claims like those when it comes to food. Your best bet when looking for foods that will provide your body with what it needs to perform at its best are foods that are time-tested to be great. Give the everyday foods in your refrigerator a new look!
You can find all kinds of trendy yogurts in the dairy section these days that claim to have dietary benefits, but the problem is that most of those things have a lot of added sugar. The real winner in the dairy case is cottage cheese. It’s high in protein and low in sugar and calories. It’s also a great source of potassium and it’s cheap! So consider giving cottage cheese another chance!
Coconut oil has been all the rage lately and the reported cure for about everything under the sun, but you really should be looking at soybean oil. It happens to be a great source of unsaturated fat and it’s affordable, too. It’s a good source of healthy fats that can help raise good cholesterol and lower the bad kind. Plus, it has a high smoke point, which makes it really versatile in the kitchen.
Those crazy looking jackfruits have hogged the limelight in the produce section lately but don’t overlook good old pumpkin. Jackfruit has the same consistency as pork (which people say is a good thing – but that seems a bit strange) so it’s been touted as a great alternative to meat. Pumpkin is a great meat alternative, too. It has fewer calories and higher levels of some vitamins that jackfruit lacks.
If you’re looking to lower saturated fat and sugar in your baked goods, you may have been encouraged to use agave nectar – but old-fashioned applesauce is a better bet. No sugar added applesauce is a great sugar substitute in baking because it also helps to keep what you’re making moist. What most people don’t realize about agave nectar is that it has more calories per tablespoon that regular sugar – so it’s not saving you anything there! Use applesauce instead!
Forget superfoods! Instead make everyday foods super again!
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