Post by Sharon
I am not a nutritionist or dietician. I am a person who has always focused on the value of my dietary choices. Perhaps some of the ideas I suggest are ones you already do, or they might spawn your desire to learn more and research, making your own favorite 10 ways to add more nutrition to your diet.
Growing up, my family had a main home and a summer home, gardens at both. We grew berries, fruits, orchards, vineyards, nuts, and seafood.
Let's talk about some simple components I utilize that make sure that I get nutrition while I enjoy yummy foods.
1. Cook a variety of colored veggies only lightly - just enough to soften a bit. Drain. Puree. Put these into an ice cube tray and you can add these to sauces, stirfries, and soups.
2. Take fresh herbs, fruits, veggies and dice them up, mix them in a bowl. Pack them into ziploc freezer bags and label. Store in freezer and put into a blender or magic bullet with water and whirl and drink.
3. When cutting veggies, keep the extra pieces like onion ends, carrot ends, small garlic cloves too tiny to cut up, etc. Put into a ziploc bag and use later for making chicken, beef or veggie broth.
4. Collagen bone broth powder is fantastic for adding collagen to your diet which is necessary for hair, skin, and healing muscles, tendons, and bones, as well as adding some benefits to gut flora.
5. Salad leftovers. I take leftover chicken, beef, salmon - and put it on a diced salad the next day. If you chop up a variety of healthy veggies with lettuces and spinach, you get flavor in each bite without eating a big chunk of pepper or cucumber. Toss with a tablespoon of dressing to coat it all. Place your leftover meat atop it.
6. As I do vitamin C loading (I have never felt more vigorous and healthy) - I space my vitamin C throughout day so I get nice levels throughout. I personally do 5000 mg a day in five 1000 mg increments every few hours.
7. Put a filtered pitcher of water in the fridge, but add some slices of lemon, cilantro, cucumber, or other healthy choices to make it taste good and be refreshing, while giving you vitamins and minerals.
8. Juice lemons into an ice cube tray. Use these in your iced green tea.
9. A healthy tropical fruit salsa can be used on salads, on blackened chicken or fish, on tacos and more. I use one that is a mix of - pineapple tidbits (canned/drained), red onion, mango, papaya, red bell pepper, cilantro, lime, jalepeno, salt and pepper.
10. Roll-up sandwiches. Tortilla, salad dressing or creamed cheese, lunch meat, cheese, spinach leaves, diced tomato, bell pepper, onion and any other veggies you can think of.
10. Supplements to drink or add to foods - hemp seeds, chia seeds, maca powder, spirulina, flax seeds, protein powder, raw cacao powder, collagen, psyllium, and others.