There are staple things in every person’s or family’s shopping carts. Whether these are toiletries and cleaning supplies for the house, to the foods that you consume that give you the energy to face the day, these are the items that you usually put in your carts every time you do groceries.
It is necessary to remember that fruits and vegetables are uniquely made and do not share the same abundance of nutrients. No one type of food shares the same nutrients as the other. Therefore, to maximize the benefits of having a plant-based lifestyle, it is imperative that you eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables daily.
To give you an idea of what foods to add to your shopping cart, I will list down below 13 foods I add to mine:
Avocados – avocados known for its heart-friendly monosaturated fatty acids, these have been associated in reducing inflammation. The fats in avocado are resistant to heat-induced oxidation, making avocado oil a healthier and safer choice for cooking. For a healthier morning toast, use avocado with a little bit of lemon as a spread instead of your usual mayo or butter.
Leafy Greens like Collard Greens, Lettuce, Spinach, and Kale – leafy greens are rich in vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Add these to your salad, soup, stir-fried food, smoothies, or steam lightly for a healthier meal.
Sweet potatoes – instead of white potato, go for sweet potatoes because these are packed with fiber, protein, iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C. To have a healthy snack to munch on, bake these in the oven for about 40-45 minutes.
Cruciferous Vegetables like Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, Bok Choy – Because cruciferous vegetables are rich sources of antioxidants, these will keep you young. They are abundant in fiber, vitamins C, E, and K, and carotenoids like folate and mineral. Eat raw or steamed, there are tons of ways to eat these marvelous vegetables.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Extra Virgin Olive Oil is high in Vitamin E. Two examples on how to use it are by sautéing food or as an ingredient for making a salad dressing.
Curry and turmeric powder – these are a blended of different spices that can be sprinkled on salads, used in dressings and add in stirred-fried food, which are high in antioxidants and phytochemicals.
I hope you were able to have an idea on what you can add in your shopping cart to further maximize the effects of the fruits and vegetables our Mother Nature offers us.
Happy grocery shopping!