Does better food variety (more variety) lead to healthier meals?
When you’re choosing from colorful fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, and even mushrooms & whole grains it sure can! Eating the same thing all the time is not only boring, it’s worse for you. Even little sprinkles of new or different foods mixed in can have positive effects with micronutrients you might not expect. There’s the old standard “rainbow on your plate means better health” (meaning, a variety of foods on a single plate/meal) but being able to work in variety over the course of days/months by eating seasonally works too. Letting the seasons help with meal planning is great (and less expensive) but what about eating to get a particular result?
More protein in the day? Lowering cholesterol?
Can you still have variety if you’re going for one of these goals? Sure! And here are some lists (complete with recipes!) to prove it. When most people hear the word ‘protein’ they think either meat, or powders. But, it doesn’t have to be that way, and these smoothies prove it. There are lots of different protein sources for the different smoothies. Adding protein at breakfast is a good idea to start your day with more energy. It’s also the meal most likely to be unhealthy (sugary cereals, high fructose corn syrup ‘fruit juice’, loads of carbs, literal syrup, refined flour without much else (toaster pastry) & more) so having a quick, delicious, easy alternative with protein on hand is a good idea. Being able to shake things up with different flavors & protein sources is just the (sometimes literal) cherry on top.
There are no less than 34 recipes gathered here for your enjoyment!
Each has a photo, a protein source, and how much protein is included. (The answer is ALWAYS 8 or more grams!) The best part is, that if you want to add even more protein to anything, you can always throw in more chia. There’s even coffee-java for a real energy wake-me-up (Protein paired with caffeine for those who don’t want to miss the morning coffee)
How about the cholesterol?
You’ve already heard about the oats and the green tea…but would you suspect…the radish? It’s true! Learn 17 other foods with this list that you can mix into your menu to help take down cholesterol naturally. (and colorfully! Red onion is here along with dark chocolate & bright colored apples) Naturally, chia is on the list too, because it lowers cholesterol in more than one way. First, there’s the healthy omega 3 oil. Then, there’s the fiber which not only aids in digestion, but also helps the liver produce more bile acid…which it must consume cholesterol to make. (So, essentially using up more of this on purpose/wasting it is very good) Again, you can use these foods in so many chia recipes (the spinach is great with chia dressing, chia fresh ginger cookies, the ginger twist in the chia pom-lime drink…the list just goes on!) See the list, then grab some MySeeds recipes to use the foods you find at
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