Say Bye-Bye to Bloat

Dealing with uncomfortable bloating can really put a damper on things. It’s painful, can cause your clothes not to fit well, and can overall make you feel unwell.

Here are a few of my favorite foods that help you battle the bloat:

  • watermelon
  • berries
  • cucumber
  • oranges
  • sweet potatoes

Adding fresh ginger into your food helps with this, as well. Many recipes work well with ginger, so whenever you feel it’ll be a good fit for your meal, add a sprinkle in to help.

The Benefits of Shopping the Bulk Aisle

The bulk aisle in the grocery store might seem a bit overwhelming or confusing at first, or perhaps you might misinterpret what it actually offers. Shopping in the bulk aisle is a great way to save money and the environment, and the quality is sometimes better than the packaged alternatives!

Here are a few of my favorite reasons to take a stroll down the bulk aisle:

It’s More Environmentally Friendly

If you have a goal to reduce single-use plastics and be more environmentally friendly this year, the bulk aisle is a great place to start. Shopping in the bulk aisle uses much less waste compared to buying the pre-packaged alternatives. All you need to store your bulk items is a bag or container. Most bulk aisles offer plastic bags, but the best practice is to bring your own instead. Bring some mason jars or other reusable containers to the store and put your bulk foods there. This way, you aren’t using single-use plastic packaging. Additionally, you only take however much of the ingredient you need, so you’ll be reducing your food waste as well.

You’ll Save Money

In the bulk aisle, you’re only paying for the weight that you decide to buy. This means that you can take only what you need, and therefore, you’ll be paying much less than purchasing a standard package size. Additionally, advertising and packaging items cost businesses quite a lot of money, so bulk items tend to cost much less per unit compared to the same things in a package. Many foods in the bulk aisle are no-brand alternatives, and while you may have a preference for a specific cereal or trail mix brand, other items such as beans, nuts, and seeds don’t differ much. You’ll be paying much less for the no-brand version than the same food with a fancy brand attached to it. If you’re using your own container, make sure to weigh it before putting in any items, or you may get charged for the extra weight.

You Can Test Out New Foods

Taking as little as you need means that you can experiment with foods that you’ve never tried before. You can buy a sample of some new ingredients without having to commit to an entire package of an item that you may not end up liking. For example, you can get a small scoop of some flavored nuts or try out a different type of flour. You can also get yourself a few treats without having to go overboard.

The Ingredients are Clean

Bulk items sell out fast, so the supermarkets are continually replenishing their stock. You can be assured that the food you’re buying in the bulk aisle is fresh. Not only this, but you can see the ingredient list and nutritional value clearly on the bins so you know exactly what you’re eating. Items like spices and coffee are much fresher than their packaged equivalents, which contain many additives and preservatives to increase their shelf life. In some cases, you can clearly taste the difference in quality.

I’m sure you’ve heard Vitamin C is excellent for boosting immunity — but did you know that zinc is another incredibly essential nutrient for building your immune system?

Zinc isn’t naturally produced in the body, so it’s imperative we supplement with high-quality supplements and eat foods rich in zinc regularly.

Some of my favorite Zinc-rich foods include:

  • legumes
  • nuts
  • oysters
  • seeds
  • whole grains
  • dark chocolate

Try this next time you bake.

Want an effortless way to add some nutrients to your next baking experiment?  Toss in some vegan protein powder.  If you’d like to try one step further, add a scoop of greens powder to your creations. This can effortlessly add a slew of nutrients that will go unnoticed by most tastebuds.

Some other healthy swaps I enjoy using while baking are:

White sugar >> swap with stevia or monk fruit sweetener

Egg >> swap with applesauce

You can even swap black beans for flour!

Do you have any baking tricks up your sleeve?

Comment below and share.

The Best Tips for Sneaking More Veggies into Your Meals

Whether you struggle to eat enough veggies yourself or the obstacle involves the rest of your household, it never hurts to find sneaky ways to get them into your meals. Eating an array of whole foods regularly is the perfect equation to a healthier you, but I fully realize living with a picky eater can make it challenging to make this a part of your every day. On the other hand, even if you regularly put a salad bowl on the table at dinner time, it can get tiresome eating the same things.

That’s when I utilize my tricks for sneaking veggies into meals, or simply switching up how you cook them to trick your taste buds. Here’s how to make sure you take in more vegetables every day.

– Try roasting them

Root vegetables take on a whole new texture and flavor when you oven-roast them. All it takes is just a little brush with olive oil, and you’ll be snarfing down more carrots and beets!  A good rule of thumb is cooking them at 400F for about 30 minutes. If you like them more tender, continue cooking until desired tenderness. Topping with fresh herbs and garlic makes them irresistible!

– Go for a super-stealth move

Kids and picky adults alike won’t know when you blend carrots, spinach, or even lentils into pasta sauce. This also works while making soups and stews. Next time you have pasta night, try this trick by blending up some spinach and another veggie or two into your pasta sauce.

– Serve it with a healthy dip

Salsa and hummus are two all-star dips that even the pickiest people tend to adore. Vegetables are more fun to dip and dunk anyway, whether you’re a kid or just a kid at heart.

– Blend away your apprehension

Sometimes the chunky vegetables in soups can be off-putting to little ones or picky eaters. Lucky for you, if you puree them into a smooth consistency, nobody will notice. It’s great for white beans and cauliflower, for example, both of which can mimic a rich and creamy soup base.

– Slurp it in smoothies

When you put green veggies in smoothies with sweet fruit, you won’t even know they’re there. If you or your kids can’t stand the thought of trying to eat vegetables, blending them up in your blender will be the game-changer you need to get your essential vitamins and minerals.

– Try quinoa

Quinoa is a sneaky plant all on its own. It eats like rice, but it has tons of nutrition like more obvious vegetables. This can be mixed in with most recipes, too, without changing the flavor. You can also try getting pasta made from quinoa, paired with your hidden veggie pasta sauce trick — you’ve got a slam duck on your plate.

Now’s the time to start sneaking in more nutrition in the way of veggies for you and your family. Try working with these tips to have a more well-rounded plate to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Are there picky eaters in your house, or do you eat mostly anything?

Let me know in the comments below what it’s like in your home.