3 Ways To Instantly Increase The Nutrient Density of Your Meals
It’s National Nutrition Month! So on today’s episode of the WERD, I’m sharing 3 ways that you can nutrify your meals and increase the nutrient density of your diet!
It’s national nutrition month so today I want to share with you 3 easy ways you can up the nutrient density of your meals in partnership with California Strawberries.
My philosophy when it comes to nutrition is to focus on what you can add to your meal, not what you think you should take away. So let’s talk upgrades – here are 3 super simple ways to boost your bite!
#1: Add strawberries!
Not only are strawberries delicious, but they’re also packed with antioxidants, fiber, and phytochemicals.
Strawberries are also a good source of potassium which may help to control blood sugar and prevent strokes.
Studies have also shown that eating strawberries more than twice a week may delay cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years. I like to toss sliced strawberries on salads, puree them and stir them into my oatmeal, and enjoy them as a healthy snack with my son.
#2: Add seeds.
You know I’m a seed fanatic. Not only do I eat chia, flax and hemp seeds every day at home, I even bring them in a little baggie with me when I travel.
Seeds are an easy way to add protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, iron and zinc to meals. I mix them in my oatmeal, toss them in smoothies, and even sprinkle them on toast and salads.
I also use chia seeds and strawberries to make my sugar-free 2-minute Chia Seed Jam!
#3: Add a source of Vitamin C.
While plant-based diets are rich in iron, that iron is less bioavailable than the iron found in meat. You can increase iron absorption from plants, however, by 4-6 times by simply adding a source of vitamin C.
One of the very best sources of vitamin C is strawberries – in fact, one serving has a full day’s worth of vitamin C! This is another reason I like to use strawberries in my chia jam – they add flavor and unlock the iron in the seeds.
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Weigh-in: How do you up the nutrient density of your meals?