Almond Milk or Coconut Milk- Almond Milk or Coconut Milk (So Delicious Brand) variety can be used in much the same way that the coconut milk above is used. I have seen many blogs that comment on the different taste and nature of almond milk and coconut milk, but just like any change, the body and taste buds will quickly become accustomed to the different taste and texture. Try adding honey or Stevia extract to the unsweetened varieties to make these drinks even healthier.

3. Kale- Before Kale became touted as a health food it was often simply seen as a garnish on the sides of classy restaurant fare. Now, I see many foodie blogs that encourage using Kale in smoothies! I haven’t stepped up to this level of nutrient packed drinks, but I highly recommend using Kale in stir-fry’s, casseroles, and any other dish. Kale often has an earthy and somewhat bittersweet taste.

4. Almonds- Our ancestors would often subsist on dried fruits and nuts in the winter time, not only because of their ease of storage, but also because they have varied tastes and benefits for our bodies. For example, Almonds are an extremely nutrient dense snack. A serving (95 grams) of Almonds contains essential nutrients like Vitamin E and also contains 251 mg of Calcium per serving which is 25% of the daily value our body needs.

5. Tofu- Tofu is nothing more than processed soybeans. Sometimes tofu gets a bad rap due to its texture and consistency. However, Tofu can be an excellent substitute for meat in stir-fry dishes and even used to make desserts! One serving (1/2 cup) contains about 25% of your daily needs of calcium and is also a great protein source.

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