Six Ingredients That No Healthy Kitchen Should Be Without

You’ve been cooking for years. You have a spice rack and you’re not afraid to use it. You know the difference between a dab and a pinch. You’ve tweaked your grandma’s recipes to absolute perfection. But are you stocked up on these six ingredients every healthy cook should be using regularly? If you’d like to learn how to make a huge impact on your health without sacrificing flavor, this article is for you. Read on to find out about the half dozen food ingredients that can take your meal from amazing to amazingly healthy with only a minimal effort.

  1. Chia seeds- My current favorite health food is absolutely jam-packed with fiber, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids and other vitamins. The best part is that you don’t need a lot of them to make a huge dietary impact. Toss a tablespoon into soups or smoothies for a major nutritional boost.A cup of coffee and coffee beans.
  2. Extra virgin olive oil- No self-respecting cook is at home in a kitchen without a big bottle of EVOO nowadays. Olive oil is a wonderful way to lower cholesterol, regulate insulin levels, reduce inflammation and even protect against cancer.
  3. Coffee- If you’re not a coffee drinker, now’s the time to take up the habit. Coffee has been found to improve cardiovascular health, reduce the risk of cancer and may even be useful in fighting off Alzheimer’s disease.
  4. Quinoa- This “pseudocereal” tastes like grain, but it’s related to species like beet roots and spinach. Quinoa is a source of complete protein, but it’s also packed with fiber, iron, phosphorus and magnesium. Mix it in to your flour for a healthy and sneaky taste treat.
  5. Almonds- Almonds are a good source of tyrosine, which helps the body produce dopamine. It’s also good for cardiovascular health, making it a snack that’s good for body and mind.
  6. Dark chocolate- OK, you may not be able to sneak this one into your meals without anyone noticing, but who cares? Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and can help relieve anxiety symptoms. Plus, hello—it’s delicious!

There are all kinds of ingredients that you can use to give your dishes an extra nutritional kick. If you’d like to find more of them, talk to your chiropractic team. Your chiropractor is knowledgeable on how to get the biggest bang for your nutritional buck. If you think chiropractors only help their patients by treating their backs, you’ve been missing out on all the other ways that your chiropractic team can enrich your life. Schedule an appointment with your doctor of chiropractic today to get started on a journey toward wellness that may very well change your life.


Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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