Add chia seeds to yogurt… not only are chia seeds rich in alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 that fights inflammation) but also they’re jam-packed with both calcium and whopping 11 grams of fiber per ounce. Still need more convincing? When chia seeds hit your stomach, they expand to form a belly-filling gel that slows digestion and keeps you feeling full for longer!
Add cacao powder to smoothies… the antioxidant-rich powder not only tastes like chocolate, but also boasts impressive health benefits! So, lower your blood pressure and cholesterol as you protect your skin from environmental damage and reduce inflammation with this energy boosting (and delicious!) powder. It tastes sort of like unsweetened chocolate but add it to a banana smoothie recipe (we like ours with frozen bananas, almond milk and cinnamon!) for a shake that will taste more like a chocolate milkshake than anything healthy!
Add turmeric to rice… while turmeric is often found in Indian food, if you’re looking to boost the health benefits of your next meal you too should hit the spice rack! Just a dash of this spice in your next rice dish can help reduce your risk for some types of cancer, keep you free from diabetes and may even maintain mental clarity!
Add hemp oil to salad dressings… most of us are well aware of the heart-healthy benefits of olive oil, but next time you’re making salad dressing, consider using hemp oil as well – or instead! – since it has even more alpha-linolenic acid than olive oil, meaning it has even more heart-health benefits. Plus, its nutty flavor makes it great for topping rice and pasta dishes too!
Add flax seeds to oatmeal… oats are already a heart-healthy and fiber-filled way to start the day, but stir in some ground flax seeds to bring it a whole new level! With omega acids and lots of fiber, you’ll stay full for longer (and your heart will thank you!).