It’s pretty simple to get healthy, just grab yourself by your glittering bootstraps and make the choice to add at least two healthy new ingredients to your diet per day. If you can’t give yourself the gift of commitment, how on earth do expect anyone else to? Before you know it, you’ll be on the feeling-fabulous-and-looking-even-better-bandwagon.
1. Ingredient: Sweet Potato
Why Eat It? Rich in Calcium, Vitamin C, and Beta Carotene, fewer calories than White Potatoes, and contain over a day’s worth of Vitamin A!
2. Ingredient: Quinoa
Why Eat It? A balanced set of protein, iron, and fiber in a deliciously tasty little grain.
3. Ingredient: Kale
Why Eat It? Packed with powerful antioxidants and essential vitamins, Kale is the ultimate green.
4. Ingredient: Veggie Protein (aka TVP)
Why Eat It? The benefits of protein without the cholesterol, animal fat, and trans fats.
5. Ingredient: Tempeh
Why Eat It? High in protein and iron and it promotes good digestion. The least processed of all meat substitutes.
6. Ingredient: Red Cabbage
Why Eat It? Low in calories, high in calcium and essential vitamins such as K, C, and B6.
7. Ingredient: Portobello Mushroom
Why Eat It? Large amounts of potassium and antioxidants, plus super low calorie count and meaty taste!
8. Ingredient: Walnuts
Why Eat It? A versatile source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and incredibly heart-healthy.
9. Ingredient: Agave Nectar
Why Eat It? Lower on the glycemic index than refined sugar, and suitable for diabetics & low-carb diets.
10. Ingredient: Dark Chocolate
Why Eat It? Packed with antioxidants & heart-healthy flavonoids.
Thanks to one of our favorite, affordable California chains, The Veggie Grill, for this Guest Blog (where you can order a number of items off the menu which feature all the ingredients above!) By using a balanced combination of nourishing ingredients with bold marinades and sauces, The Veggie Grill’s innovative menu turns simple every day “veggies” into guilt-free indulgences. The Veggie Grill’s array of satisfying, flavorful soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, sides, and desserts are all 100% plant-based and under $10 each. Locations: 8000 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046, University Center 4213 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612, Plaza El Segundo 720 Allied Way, El Segundo, CA 90245, and Irvine Spectrum Center 81 Fortune Drive, Irvine, CA 92618. For more information visit, www.veggiegrill.com, become a fan on Facebook and follow the restaurant on Twitter.
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