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HealthyHabits - nutritious food recommendations

colorado_momcolorado_mom 9380 replies83 threads Senior Member
We have some good food ideas discussed in various threads. I thought I'd start this thread to encourages others to list off NUTRITIOUS FOOD IDEAS.

Good tip from @abasket - KODIAK WAFFLES. I tried one of my newly purchased blueberry Kodiak waffles this morn, and it was really good. One waffle has 6g protein, 2g Fiber.

As discussed in Calcium thread, SARDINES are my favorite non-dairy source of calcium (250mg per can).

For Fiber, I like PEARS (6g fiber) and newly found food - Chia seeds (1tsp=1.5g fiber).
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  • SybyllaSybylla 4749 replies59 threads Senior Member
    edited February 10
    I think avoiding processed foods (including waffles) is the primary step towards nutrition. We are all horribly susceptible to marketing. I did try chick pea flour pancakes though, (you can make your own flour from the beans) and as a savory bread option, I thought they were great.
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  • sabaraysabaray 7244 replies80 threads Senior Member
    Costco had the Kodiak waffles in bulk not long ago and I quickly snatched them up. Great quick meal option - add some minimally processed nut butter and sliced banana or other fruit - filling and relatively healthy.

    Another quick option for chia seeds - Mamma Chia "squeeze". 70 calories, 4 grams of dietary fiber. Gluten free, vegan and actually tastes good. 7 grams of sugar which may be a concern to some. A portable snack item good for when a boost is needed.

    I have been eating a lot of mushrooms lately. I am not big on soy products which are often promoted as part of a vegetarian diet, but fresh shiitakes have found their way into my diet more frequently. The anti-inflammatory diet I follow really promotes them as effective in cholesterol reduction. I figure it can't hurt to try.
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  • cellomom2cellomom2 714 replies8 threads Member
    ^ I've been eating a salad made with kale and shredded brussel sprouts with chopped apple, nuts and dried tart cherries, very tasty! Also in regular rotation now are quinoa patties from a NYTimes recipe. Eating more sweet potatoes lately, especially like a recipe out of Plenty for sweet potato patties.
    I don't eat them anymore but when I was growing up my mom used to make us an open faced sandwich with french bread, butter, sardines and a little red wine vinegar sprinkled on top. It's still a favorite of my sister.
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  • mathmommathmom 33082 replies160 threads Senior Member
    I use very little in the way of short cut foods. Canned beans (which is silly because they are so easy to cook), canned tomatoes (worth it in the winter), canned tuna are staples. For short cuts - occasionally a tomato sauce or Indian style simmer sauce. I don't make my own English muffins or bagels.

    I cook at least enough for two meals of everything and I try to only cook vegetarian during the week. Most of my daily fair is mediterranean or middle eastern, we eat Indian pretty regularly too.

    I think lentils are the wonder protein. :)
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  • maya54maya54 2617 replies100 threads Senior Member
    edited February 10
    We don’t eat many processed foods but I buy a lot of convenience foods: For example, last night we had chicken stir fry over brown rice. Chicken was bought at grocery already deboned skinless and cut into strips. Veggies were pre-cut and washed from grocery. The marinade Was soy sauce combined with this dressing. https://products.wholefoodsmarket.com/product/cindys-kitchen-sesame-ginger-dressing-883dc6. Trader Joe’s frozen brown rice.

    No cutting, no chopping, no mess. Took minutes to make.
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  • colorado_momcolorado_mom 9380 replies83 threads Senior Member
    edited February 10
    I still eat plenty of processed food, but a lot less than in the past. Once retired, I hope to do more home cooking.

    @mathmom - Eating more LENTILS and BEANS is high on my wishlist.

    @taverngirl - I will have to try ALMOND BUTTER with apples. I used to do a banana a day (easy snack and the potassium seems to prevent leg cramps). Now I often do a half banana with 1T almond butter or peanut butter. Almond butter is pricier, but I like it better. Both are decent options (IF you keep in mind the calories add up) - https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/almond-butter-peanut-butter#2

    AVOCADOS - I love them on salad. (It was a happy surprise that they have so much fiber). Usually I have a half and store half for next day, which is not as good as fresh. This week I decided to also get frozen avocado chunks, handy to have around.

    The thing I've really had to cut back on (to reduce sugar intake) is granola bars, nut bars etc. Sometimes for evening snack I'll do a slice of CHEESE instead, especially if my daily food total is low on calcium and not too high on fat. Or plain yogurt with berries and/or nuts (plus chia seeds).
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  • taverngirltaverngirl 1594 replies45 threads Senior Member
    @maya54 I love that Trader Joe's frozen brown rice (and their cauliflower rice too)! Great when you're trying to put together a quick meal.
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  • colorado_momcolorado_mom 9380 replies83 threads Senior Member
    I have a rice cooker that works well for us for rice (usually brown rice). But I really like the frozen CAULIFLOWER RICE options from TJ, Green Giant etc because when we make it ourselves it does make a bit of a mess.

    For a few years we've been doing "ZOODLES" (zuchini pasta, made with a vegetti device availabe at Walgreens or online, about $10). Once in a while we still have traditional pasta, but our tastes have changed.... we sometimes comment " this might have been better with zuchini instead"). This week I bought some frozen butternut squash pasta - have not tried it yet.
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  • SybyllaSybylla 4749 replies59 threads Senior Member
    If you have a food processor, you put cauli in it and press the button and you have cauli rice. I am amazed they sell it processed in bags. I have a lot of trouble with brown rice in my rice cooker (i takes ages) but it is pretty quick in the instant pot. Quick farro is 10 mins to cook.
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  • raclutraclut 3753 replies238 threads Senior Member
    edited February 11
    I'd stay away from the Kodiak waffles as it is not made from clean ingredients. One of the things listed is canola oil which is bad news. It is very inflammatory and leads to higher reading of cholesterol. It's also made from oats which are not organic. I would buy Birchbenders keto pancake mix.
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  • mom60mom60 8291 replies513 threads Senior Member
    I used to rice my own cauliflower but I’ve gotten lazy and I buy it frozen. I like the Boulder brand. Sure it’s not hard to do it yourself but the frozen makes it a quick addition to a meal. The same with cauliflower mash, I sometimes make it, but I keep a few boxes of frozen in my freezer for times I need an easy side. The Alexa brand of cauliflower mash is good and doesn’t contain extra ingredients. I’ve tried a few cauliflower risottos but I wasn’t impressed. Here is a new product I’ve been keeping in my refrigerator https://www.outeraislegourmet.com/pages/about-us the sandwich thins are nice to have. I toast them in a traditional toaster and they come out nicely. A quick lunch with mashed avocado. Add toppings like radish or an egg and it is delicious. I haven’t tried the larger size but my friend uses them for wrap sandwiches.
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  • Midwest67Midwest67 3856 replies14 threads Senior Member
    I like to make roasted potatoes & onions ahead of time and use throughout the week.

    Same with Trader Joe's Quick Cook Farro. I make a batch in the Instant Pot. One carton of chicken stock added to 2 bags farro, click on the rice setting.

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  • sabaraysabaray 7244 replies80 threads Senior Member
    A cookbook I really like is “Nutritious Delicious “ from America’s Test Kitchen. The book starts out by highlighting 50 “superfoods” that are actually foods and not unusual ingredients like spirulina etc. and discusses the nutrition benefit associated with each food. Good recipes that don’t require hours to prepare either!
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  • colorado_momcolorado_mom 9380 replies83 threads Senior Member
    Thanks @sabaray - "Nutritious Delicious" looks interesting.

    Tonight DH and I are both sick. Dinner had to be easy. We had chicken breasts baked with a tiny amount of pesto (would have done more, but the jar was near empty - it does feel good do "move it on" from the fridge). I tried a frozen riced cauliflower "stir fry" (with a small amount of veggies, seasoning) ... it was pretty good. Had it not been in the freezer, we likely would have eaten something much less healthy. Also had some kale/mango/coconuts salad from deli - we like it, but someday I want to make my own so I know what's really in it.

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