This is probably the cutest food guide ever created – and, wow, the sample daily meal plan sounds absolutely scrumptious! We’re pleased to present guest blogger, Cassie Brewer, with her super food super guide and witty article about some of the most yummiest super foods and meal suggestions.
When it comes to weight loss, beauty, and general health, what we put into our bodies is just as important as our daily workouts and skincare regimens. It’s important to know that not all calories are created equal. Unfortunately, 200 calories worth of potato chips is not comparable to 200 calories of nutrient-rich, tasty, antioxidant-packed foods. However, when I’m strapped for time and money, it can be hard to make smart nutritional choices.
That’s why I’ve compiled a handy list for you to consult while grocery shopping. Here are my favorite super foods, as well as some easy tips for implementing them into your meals. It’s less of a diet and more of a lifestyle change. Plus, all of the listed superfoods are so delicious, you will feel decadent instead of deprived. Bon Appetite!
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Let Breakfast Set the Tone
If you’re anything like me, the last thing you want to do in the midst of the morning’s hustle is cook a laborious meal. I’m lucky if I apply my entire makeup routine and pick out matching socks. But, I do know that if I skip breakfast, I’m more likely to get “hangry” and overeat later. (For the uninitiated, “hangry” is hunger that results in anger and/or mild rage, and it’s a very real phenomenon. Just ask my co-workers.)
I like to start out my morning with greek yogurt! I add blueberries, some chia seeds, and a small splash of organic maple syrup for flavor. The greek yogurt provides vital protein and contains probiotics to keep your digestive track in good shape. The blueberries are packed with Vitamin C, Fiber, and additional antioxidants, for a cancer-fighting choice. Finally, the chia seeds (you only need a spoonful) have more calcium in a tablespoon than a glass of milk! Talk about bang for your buck. Pair your refreshing breakfast with a cup of tea to prevent free-radical damage, and you’re off to a fantastic start.
Quick Lunch to Help You Focus
Whether you’re packing your midday meal or assembling it at home, lunch time can be both superfood-rich and easy. One of my favorite lunches involves avocado toast and quinoa. I keep a loaf of organic bread in the freezer at work and a small jar of coconut oil stashed in a nearby cabinet. I cook the quinoa the night before and place it in the fridge. On my way out the door in the morning, I grab an avocado off the counter and any other snacks I might want throughout the day.
During lunch, I toast a piece of whole-wheat bread, smear on some coconut oil, and chop us half an avocado. I pair it with the chilled quinoa and have a filling, inexpensive, and healthy lunch. The quinoa has a lot of magnesium and can ward of headaches, and the avocado is great for your hair, skin, and nails.
Dinner – Treat Yourself
If you want to continue your superfood-streak into dinner, you can whip up a healthy meal of salmon and kale. However, if you’ve made great choices all day, and want to splurge on something a little more hearty, that’s okay, too! Healthy living is all about balance. The most important thing is that your body and mind will be equipped with superhero strength, and you’ll have the energy and confidence to focus on what really matters.
About the Author
Cassie Brewer is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles, CA. Her work as a make-up artist in the past sparked her interest in how diet and beauty can go hand-in-hand.
Do you have any tips for healthy eating? Leave your suggestions in the comments!