Superberries Health Tips: Fiber, Protein & Cooking From Scratch

Posted by Scott McKenzie on 11/29/2016 to Health Tips


Why You Should Eat More Whole Grains and Fiber


Adding whole grains and fiber to the diet has many benefits. Whole grains and fiber come from a rich plant based diet and provide a high resource of protein, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that can improve overall health and wellness. The trick is to make certain you are eating whole grains and not refined grains by reading the labels on the food. In refined grains the fiber and much of the nutritional value has been stripped away. Whole grains and fiber can aid in the digestive process by keeping bowel movements regular and promote a sense of dietary health and wellness throughout the digestive system. One study on whole grains and fiber showed that women who ate 2-3 servings of whole grains and fiber daily reduced their risk of cardiovascular disease by 30%. Other studies have shown that men who ate more than 7 servings of whole grain breakfast cereal per week reduced their blood pressure markedly and maintained a healthier heart. Fiber and whole grains can modulate weight giving a sense of fullness and curbing appetite. A diet rich in fiber and whole grains can also regulate blood sugar reducing the risks of Type 2 Diabetes. All in all, a diet rich in fibers and whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, oats, barley supplemented by Superberries Aronia Berries can keep you on the right track to overall health and wellness.

Finding a Better Source of Protein

With the various health drawbacks surrounding a diet rich in red meat and the need for protein resources for our bodies, it’s sometimes difficult to find better dietary alternatives for protein. While you may not want to cut the meat entirely, it is recommended by numerous studies to reduce red meat intake by relegating the grilled steak and other red meats to around 6 oz two to three times a week and upping the plant intake at the table. Among the best plant based resources for protein are legumes (lentils, chickpeas and black beans), spirulina (a nutrient rich blue algae available in most nutrition or health food stores), spinach, broccoli, hemp seeds, kale, nuts and nut butters. The protein from a higher based plant diet can easily supplant the proteins lost from reducing the red meat on the table and boost overall benefits from the change in dietary habit. Preparation and planning is the key and there are numerous helpful and tasty vegetarian recipes available on the internet. Eat for health and wellness with better protein choices and Superberries Aronia Berry Products.

The Benefits of Cooking from Scratch

While we may not always have the time, home cooking or cooking from scratch is a much better choice than doing the microwaveable, “take and bake” fast food meals. Food made from scratch simply tastes better, is more filling and better for you. By cooking from scratch, you control what goes into your food. You control the measurements, the ingredients and the freshness. In preparing a meal from scratch there is less likelihood to use processed foods injected with a variety of chemicals and sodium to ensure “freshness” and preserve shelf life. A variety of studies also show that doing the “scratch” cooking can also help modulate weight, provide healthier food choices and manage overall stress better. While home cooking does take some planning, there are several sites and cookbooks that give tips for scratch meals made in thirty minutes or less and sometimes pre-preparation is a key. For a few of our Aronia Berry favorite meals, check out Superberries.com and start scratch cooking with the “power of purple”. SaveSave