Every grocery shopper mostly breezes through the store trips. We remember the location of our favorite brands and the aisles in the grocery store. Although great, this does mean that we tend to overlook foods and products that might add value to our health and kitchen. Improving nutrition is a long-term goal, and if you are continually looking for ways to improve it, we are here to help:
- Kefir: Kefir is a fermented drink, conventionally made using cow’s or goat’s milk. The word ‘Kefir’ comes from the Turkish word keyif which means “feeling good.” The origins of the drink can be traced back to Eastern Europe and Southwest Asia. It is made by adding kefir ‘grains’ to the milk. The grains are actually cultures of yeast and lactic acid bacteria that look like cauliflower. The microorganism in kefir grains multiplies quickly in over few hours to the ferment the sugar in the milk, turning it into kefir. The grains are then removed, and the liquid is preserved in its purest form for consumption. The drink tastes sour like yogurts source the lactic acid bacteria turn the lactose in the milk into lactic acid. Kefir is the most powerful natural probiotic source, stronger than yogurt. Kefir contains over 30 strains of bacteria’s making it a rich source of probiotics. If you are looking at a natural source of probiotics Kefir is a great product to start with, what makes it even better is the fact that it is tolerated pretty well by lactose intolerant.
- Organic Spices: We never really pay much attention to the spices we pick. You might still be struggling with selecting the organic produce over the regular produce, but here is something you should consider the next time you are buying spices. Nearly every time we cook we end up using one or the other spice to enhance the flavor of the food. Herbs and spices are derived from plants and thus are exposed to bacteria, pests and others forms of contamination. Hence, investing in organic spices can ensure you are not consuming food that is tainted with pesticides and chemicals.
- High-fiber pasta or quinoa instead of white pasta: Pasta is the staple food of every household. It is delicious, easy to make and the best part is kids love it. If you are family enjoys pasta at home now and then, we suggest replacing the regular white pasta with high fiber pasta or if you are up for a challenge we recommend – quinoa. Your taste palette will require some ‘getting used to’ time but believe us you will be much happier with your nutritional choices in the future. Quinoa is an excellent alternative for the white wheat pasta, it is known as the mother of all grains and is available in three main types -white, red and black. A cup of quinoa contains 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. We think that’s a powerhouse of nutrition.
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