InGrEDiEnTs

I get asked a lot about the types of ingredients I use for some of the recipes, so I decided I would share some information on a few of the ingredients. If you have a question about one, but don’t see it here on the list, just let me know and I’ll be happy to add it.

**(Disclaimer: What you see here on my blog are all based off of my own personal knowledge, opinions, and experiences. I am not a doctor nor a health professional, so concerning your diet you should always consult a health professional/doctor first to fit your own personal needs.)**


Chia Seeds

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What are they?

Chia seeds are amazing. They are high in Omega-3’s and dietary fiber. Good source of protein and antioxidants as well. They also help the body retain fluids and electrolytes. They decrease blood sugar, blood pressure, and  decrease the risk of heart disease.

Where can you use them?

Anywhere. On top of cereals, yogurt, in smoothies, in baked goods, replacement of eggs in baking(for a how to see HERE), in breads, etc…They are very versatile.

Where can I buy them?

They can usually be found at a health food store, in the bulk section or by them selves. There are also many online vendors that sell them.

 

Coconut Oil

What is it?

It’s the meat of a matured coconut.

What is it used for?

It can be used as a replacement for any fat in cooking. Whether it be baking, or frying, or sautéing.

What are the benefits?

It is a healthy fat. “The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc. (source)

 

Proteins

:

Beans, Nuts & Seeds, Eggs, whole grains…

This is how I get most of my protein intake. I try and include protein at every meal. And although there are NuMeRoUs benefits of protein, here are just a few: Protein helps you build strong muscles, and repair and heal injuries. It’s also important for growth and development in children, and during pregnancy.

Good Fats

Peanut Butter(even better-Walnuts)

and Avocado

These are healthy fats. I used to be afraid of fat, and even though we should watch the amount we eat on a daily basis, there are different kinds. Good Fats and Bad Fats.

Good Fats:

  • Monounsaturated Fats. They come in two forms—omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids, in the form of fish (3s) and nut oils (3s and 6s). The omega-3’s have been shown to improve arterial and brain function. They’re found in olive oil, canola oil, fish oils, flaxseeds, avocados, and nuts (especially walnuts). They’ve also been shown to reduce blood pressure and lipid levels when used in place of carbohydrates. Bottom line: Make about 30 to 40 percent of your fats the monounsaturated variety.
  • Polyunsaturated Fats. These are like monounsaturated except they contain more than one unsaturated bond. They are usually present in vegetable oils and sesame oils. The may improve arterial and brain function, and will help keep up your satiety levels. Bottom line: Make 20 to 40 percent of your fats polyunsaturated. (www.doctoroz.com)

Bad Fats

  • Saturated Fats. Found in meats and dairy products, these fats will make you gain weight and clog your arteries. Bottom line: Limit saturated fat to lean sources like lean cuts of beef and low-fat dairy products. Aim for less than 5 g of saturated fat per serving. Less than 20 grams, or less than 30 percent of your daily allotment, should be from saturated and/or trans fats combined.
  • Trans Fats. These are fats that contain hydrogenated vegetable oil. They’re the worst kinds of fat, and will stunt weight-loss effort. They’re in all kinds of food— especially when long shelf life is important- from buttered popcorn and cookies to chips and margarine. Bottom line: Say no. Stay away from them the way you’d avoid highways on the day before Thanksgiving. Clog city. (www.doctoroz.com)


Cocoa Nibs


What is it?

Dried crushed cocoa beans.

Benefits?

An amazing source of antioxidants!

Is it sweet?

Umm, yes and no. It doesn’t taste like chocolate chips, but it’s a better alternative to adding a bunch of chocolate chips on top of something. It can used for sweet or savory. It’s like a bitter cocoa flavor.

Where do you get them?

You can buy them at most health food stores, or online.


3 Responses to “InGrEDiEnTs”

  1. simplynutritiouskate April 22, 2011 at 3:04 am #

    I love every single ingredient you listed on here 🙂 and I love that you’re all about coconut oil, it seriously is amazing!

    • ThE DiVa DiSh April 23, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

      I LOVE coconut oil! 🙂 You can use it on your face too…it is just simply amazing!

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