In honor of Lindsay preparing for her first fitness competition (WOOT!!!), we headed over to the Whole Foods up the street from us to pick up a few low-carb necessities for her diet. On the list was PB2 which is powdered peanut butter that holds 85% less fat calories which we couldn’t find. Kind of bummed since I wanted to go all Midas Touch and turn all my drinks to peanut butter. Ah well.
A few other things we picked up in place was almond flour which is great for low-carb baking, some protein powder, some malted peanut butter balls for Lindsay’s cheat day (that I am going to eat Mwahahaha) and a few of my staples since we were already there.
Now, in my opinion, food supplements don’t have to be medicinal, have 10 bajillion iu of antioxidants or boast to supercharge your workout. They should be healthy and add some extra benefits to your already healthy diet. Here are a few of my go-to food supplements that I can’t live without (literally).
1. Chia Seeds – There is something about these delicious little seeds that make you want to say Ch-ch-ch-chia! That’s because they are the same sprouts that launched a million leafy green heads and pets in the 80’s. The only difference is, well, nothing.
They are a little more versatile than flax seeds since you don’t have to break the shell to get their potent benefits. 1 oz of chia seeds contains 9 grams of healthy fat with 5 of them being Omega-3 which blows flax seeds out of the water to boot. They also contain about 11grams of fiber per ounce which makes them great for low-carb dieters. They also contain high levels of calcium, manganese, phosphorous, and antioxidants.
It’s like a healthy kick in the mouth! Blam!
I like to add them to everything from oatmeal, yogurt, protein shakes, cottage cheese, salads and sometimes just in a glass of water.
2. Coconut Oil – Yes, there is a crap load of fat in coconut oil. I am aware of this. Oil is fat, coconut or otherwise. Now that we got that out of the way, there are many health benefits to choosing a natural oil over one that has been processed.
This tropical oil actually has the same fat content per serving as olive oil It just has more of the saturated kind which is actually a good thing in this case. Unlike when you scarf down a fatty filet mignon, coconut oil is made up of medium-chain fatty acids which are broken down by your body. The long-chain fatty acids from your filet, on the other hand, go straight to your ass.
On a recent Dr. Oz show, the famous Dr. Mercola also stated that coconut oil is also interesting because one of the new advances is that it may be useful in treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease, and not only treatment but most likely the prevention.
On another note, it totally changes the flavor of any dish to AWESOME. Lindsay and I use it in baked goods, for frying eggs, sauteeing vegetables and even in smoothies.
3. Vivagave Inulin – Next is an fiber and prebiotic product made from the agave plant. Vivagave inulin is a soluble fiber and prebiotic that promotes healthy bacteria. Mmmmm, bacteria.
Agave Inulin has a minimal impact on blood sugar, is not insulemic, will not raise triglycerides; making it great for those on a low-carb or fat loss diet. Inulin also increases calcium and magnesium absorption as an added benefit.
I like to add it to my morning fare, including coffee since I used one that is naturally flavored by vanilla. It also makes a great nighttime supplement since it will slow digestion. This makes it a perfect match for yogurt, which has probiotics.
As always, check with your doctor or a licensed nutritionist when making any significant dietary changes.
What supplements do you swear by for fat-loss or to maintain a healthy lifestyle? Comment below.