The Power of Add-Ons

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Author: Holly J Coley

Now you may see this headline and think, WTF is an add-on? But you know what these are. Add-ons are the little extras we throw onto our meals and snacks. Vanilla syrup in that latte? That’s an add-on. Pickles on a burger? Add-on. Like condiments? You like add-ons.

Add-ons are not crucial to making a dish. They simply make it more exciting, either in way of taste or nutrition. There are some pros and cons to these meal boosters. Depending on what they are, they can bump of calories, fat content, sugar, salts…you know, the stuff that makes things taste fabulous but may not be great for your health. The pros are that when you use the right ones, they can supercharge your food by providing extra vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

 

WHAT MAKES A GOOD ADD-ON?

Things that up the nutrition factor. If it’s providing a little more protein or belly filling fiber, it’s probably a good thing. Make sure your calories are in check, opt for one or two add-ons and you’re food will go from meh to amazing! Some of the best foods to add these extras to include salads, cereals, smoothies, yogurt, ice cream, soups, and even sandwiches.

 

Photo Credit: Unsplash

Photo Credit: Unsplash

 

FAVORITE BOOSTERS

Hemp Oil

High in Omega-3 and Omega-6, anti-inflammatory, supports immune system.

Chia Seeds

Detoxifying, healthy source of fiber, healthy source of protein.

Ground Flax Seed

Hypertension reducer, promotes healthy skin, hair, and nails, gelatinous protein.

Hemp Powder

Excellent source of fiber, high in protein.

Virgin Coconut Oil

Anti-inflammatory, improves calcium absorption, encourages weight management.

Dates

Good source of fiber, promotes cognitive function, mineral rich.

Avocado

Source of fiber, healthy fat.

Protein Powder

Great way to boost protein intake and promote muscle growth and repair.

Probiotics

Great way to add fiber and gut assisting bacteria into diet without dairy.

Psyllium

Excellent source of fiber, helps control blood sugar, promotes regularity.

Slivered Almonds

Good source of protein and healthy fat.

Cacao Nibs

Natural source of caffeine, antioxidant, mood booster.

Spirulina

Detoxifies, high in B Vitamins, high in calcium.

Nut Butters

High in protein and healthy fat.

Cinnamon

Antibacterial, high in manganese, promotes blood circulation.

Nutmeg

High in magnesium, promotes brain health, aids in digestion.

Oats

Blood sugar stabilizer, high in fiber, source of Vitamin E.

Fresh Ginger

Aids in digestion, anti-inflammatory, eases PMS symptoms.

Fermented Veggies

Promotes gut health.

What are your favorite add-ons? Let us know in the comments and on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

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