We all have our notions on what is healthy and what is not. However, little knowledge is always harmful as it doesn’t equip us to take the right decisions. Processed foods fall into this category and I am sure most of us are not aware about some of the benefits they bring to us.
1. Unsweetened coconut or almond milk
Unsweetened coconut and almond milks are some of my favorite healthy processed foods. They don’t contain sugar, gluten, artificial ingredients, dairy, soy, and MSG, but contain calcium, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin D than dairy milk. Don’t opt for regular and light versions because they contain added sugar. Opt for unsweetened coconut or almond milk instea
2. Raw nut butters
Raw nut butters are surprisingly healthy processed food that you can eat without worrying about your waistline, though moderation is the key here. Raw nut butters contain raw nuts and they typically don’t have added sugar or salt. However, make sure you check the labels before buying any raw nut butter
3. Organic coffee
Organic coffee is rich in magnesium, B vitamins, brain-boosting caffeine and has liver cleansing properties. Since coffee plants are one of the most heavily sprayed crops, always buy organic coffee in order to avoid pesticides.
4. Cocoa powder
Cocoa powder has processed cocoa beans and nothing more. Believe it or not, but cocoa powder has been proven to reduce stress, blood pressure, sugar cravings, and can even improve your skin. You can add cocoa powder to your oatmeal, smoothies, or Greek yogurt.
5. Flax meal
One of the best healthy processed foods, flax meal is just ground whole flax seeds. This powdery meal is easier to use and it can enhance nutrient absorption. Flax meal is rich in protein, omega 3 fats, fiber, and it doesn’t contain sugar or gluten. Moreover, flax meal is incredibly delicious.
Mustard is a well-know condiment that can liven up any meal in no time. One of the best things about mustard is that it’s extremely low in calories. Moreover, many versions contain no preservatives, sugar, and excess sodium. Add mustard to your favorite meal to speed up your metabolism, curb your cravings, and improve your digestion.
7. Superfood products
Superfood products are easy to use, they are quite delicious and highly energizing. Consuming superfood products is a fun and tasty way to get more vitamins and essential minerals into your day. Just make sure you buy a high quality brand without preservatives, sugars, and fillers.
Now you know that not all processed foods are bad for you, though wholesome foods are the best options. I usually consume 85% wholesome foods and 15% healthy processed foods. What about you? Do you consume processed foods?
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