It’s Monday night, you’re exhausted from a long day of work, and looking forward to dinner, yoga pants, a large glass of wine, and endless Netflix. Opening your fridge, you are immediately reminded that you are not, in fact, a functional adult human. Three items greet you: ketchup, week old milk, and a jar of pickles. Sadly, you open the jar of pickles, there’s no way you’re taking your panda bear slippers off for a trip to the store.
Why is it that smart, driven, successful young ladies and men can do everything but stock up on healthy eats? Is it the dread of standing hopelessly in the produce section, screaming children running wildly, making you wish your mom would make every meal for you again? Terrifying. What’s even more terrifying is the lack of nutritious food, and huge amounts of harmful fat, the average person consumes.
How do you break the habit of quick easy food, and begin a nourishing and healthy journey toward better eating habits? The first step is actually going to the grocery, or market, and the second is knowing what to buy.
Here’s a cheat sheet of some of the best foods you can eat, and how they’ll make you feel like a champ:
1. Organic Blueberries
Increase your levels of good cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, and encourage a healthy heart. These sweet and easy to snack on berries are packed with antioxidants and vitamin C to keep you looking youthful and fresh. Blueberries aid in skin health, and will give your immune system a boost.
2. Organic Tomatoes
Who knew tomatoes could make your skin as smooth and as youthful feeling as our organic coconut coffee scrub? Is your inner Italian doing pirouettes yet? Tomatoes are packed full of vitamin C and antioxidants, ensuring your skin will stay in tip top shape. Studies also suggest that women who eat more tomatoes are less likely to develop skin dryness and premature aging.
3. Organic Leafy Greens (think Kale, Chard, Spinach)
Oh you know we love us some leafy greens. How much kale is too much kale anyway? Good news for people who love the green (leafy green, that is), not only does a serving of your favorite salad base give major boosts in iron, it also aids in eye health. Thanks to large amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, dark greens can lower chances of developing cataracts and macular degeneration.
4. Organic Lentils
Hair looking dull? Grab a bag of lentils and try out a new recipe. Lentils offer an amazing source of protein, which is a necessary component for strong healthy hair. With high amounts of zinc and iron as well, your hair should respond by growing faster and suffering less breakage.
5. Organic Walnuts
As odd as it might sound, your body needs fat. Walnuts are full of a good type of fat, Alpha-Linoleic Acid, which helps prevent heart disease and lower cholesterol. Alpha-Linoleic Acid has also been linked to stronger bones, making walnuts the perfect snack.
With a small sampling of the many all natural and wholesome foods out there, we hope to inspire you to start thinking about what you eat. Your skin, and overall health will benefit, and chances are you will have more energy. For some quick recipe ideas, check out two of our favorite cook books:
Thug Kitchen (Vegan)