Whenever I meet a nutrition expert, I make it a point to ask what his or her favorite food is? And I get different answer every time. Some professionals are hard core who just focus on the nutrient-contents of foods & their effects on health & fitness, while others prefer certain foods for their flavor or drawn to specific foods due to their “ease of preparation” in the kitchen.
What Dieticians Eat To Stay Fit & Healthy?
Here are the select few “under-the-radar” food items that some of the top nutritionists advocating right now:
Can’t Do Away With Good Fats – Avocados
One of the key strategies to smart eating is cherry-picking those foods that help us stay satiated. While high sugar foods & refined carbs can fill us up fast, but they leave us wanting for more soon thereafter. On the contrary good fats are the antidotes to cravings. Avocados are high in unsaturated (good) fats and so are an effective way to help keep you satiated.
According to Dr. Anne VanBeber, PhD, RD, a professor of nutritional sciences at the Texas Christian University, her “snack-of-choice” is half an avocado sprinkled with a little bit of kosher or sea salt.
In fact just half an avocado as a snack is a real smart way to get some good fat, some good fiber, and you suppress your hunger pangs to help keep away from eating sugary foods.”
Pack Up With Powdered Peanut Butter
Many nutrition professionals recommend powdered peanut butter as one of their favorite foods. Why? Because it’s basically powdered peanuts with the oil removed – so, there’s eighty five percent less fat & calories as compared to the traditional peanut butter – meaning powdered peanut butter is a great choice, hands-down.
But, here is a caution for you. You may find it so delicious that you might not stop after a two-tablespoon serving of peanut butter, and thus the calories can easily pile up. Trick is to just add powdered peanut butter as a protein pump & flavor enhancer in your smoothies & yogurt or spread it on a toast topped with banana slices for an amazing “on-the-go” snack.
Real Potent Nutrition Benefits – Cruciferous Vegetable Family Members
When we think of nutrition benefits, the cruciferous veggies are really powerful. They are high in fiber & vitamin C and include crunchy favorites like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, bok choy, broccoli & garden cress. My personal pick of the bunch is one red cabbage, which to me is one of the most unappreciated healthiest food choice out there.
The best part about this super food is its promising cancer-combating health benefits. Moreover, it’s an inexpensive & cost-effective ingredient.
Secret Weapon Of Many Dieticians – Lovable Egg
Egg may sound humble, but most dieticians are die-hard fans of eggs because they offer high-quality proteins, vitamins D, B2 and B12 & choline (a nutrient vital for healthy metabolism). Moreover, they are affordable & highly versatile for cooking as well.
The best way to eat eggs is to include hard-boiled eggs in salads, use them in sandwiches or avocado toast topped with a soft-boiled egg for breakfast.
Here are some of the “Healthiest Ways To Cook Eggs“
Choice Of Many – Fermented Food
Naturally fermented foods may help strengthen gut microbiome – the estimated 100 trillion microorganisms that live in digestive tract. The fermented foods are claimed to act as anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and anti-atherosclerotic activity.
For example, one of the secret foods of many dieticians to stay healthy is kombucha, a lightly fermented tea – slightly vinegary in flavor, and great for gut health.
Healthy Pot – Savory Porridge
Savory : Oatmeal (or you can try different grains) cooked in water with perfectly diced chunks of cooked vegetables, sausages or egg and a pinch of spices. You may add any other protein instead of egg and your favorite flavoring agents to dress it up – and you have healthy & delicious savory porridge, tailor made to your choice.
So, when you are yearning something savory for breakfast, try hot savory oatmeal with cooked vegetables and any protein of your choice (sausages, eggs, cheese – the list is endless)!
And Now The Untold Secret – Humble Potato
I have recently started liking baked stuffed potato recipes. You can fill them up with thousands of different creative nutritive combos as per your choice of vegetables, meats & artisan cheeses!