Wondering what makes coconut a superfood? As Megan Roosevelt, Registered Dietitian, Founder of HealthyGroceryGirl.com, and author of “Superfoods for Life, Coconut” explains, coconuts are extremely nutrient-dense and are high in Lauric Acid, a nutrient that helps boost the immune system, and is also anti-bacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. Read on to learn more from Megan about what makes your favorite coconut products great, and suggestions on how to incorporate this superfood into your diet.
Just because you’re short on time or looking for convenience, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a healthy snack! Caroline Kaufman, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, says to look for a snack that’s made with whole ingredients, and that contains at least two of the following components: healthy fats, protein and fiber. When looking at the ingredient list, she says to stay away from products that have sugar listed as the first or second ingredient – and to look for whole grains and at least 2-3 grams of protein. Next time you’re at the store, keep an eye out for her top healthy snack picks!
KIND Bars make a great snack option because they contain healthy fats, fiber and protein, and have less than 5 grams of sugar per bar. Caroline loves the Nuts & Spices line, which get their flavor from ingredients like vanilla, chili and sea salt. She also loves the STRONG line of savory bars, and says the spicy flavors like Roasted Jalapeno and Honey Mustard give your metabolism a boost!
Throughout pregnancy, several key nutrients are important, including folate, iron and omega-3 fatty acids. Andrea D’Ambrosio, Registered Dietician and owner of Dietetic Directions, points out that eating a variety of foods that are good sources of certain nutrients is important. The foods below are good sources of the nutrients required during pregnancy, and would make a great addition to your diet.
Andrea says that it’s important to eat a variety of foods containing folate in addition to taking a folic acid supplement. She points out that edamame is a great source of folate. Edamame is also high in protein and fiber. Continue reading