The Recipe Calls for What? 8 Easy-to-Find Foodie Alternatives
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We've all been there: You're about to delve into a perfectly ambitious #healthspo recipe when it hits you: 'Oh wait, I don't have access to unpasteurized Gouda or grass-fed Eagle babies.' Well, never fear, we consulted Nicole Berrie—cofounder of industry-loved wellness site, Bonberi and the author of this genius, 60-second body detox move—to tell us which easily accessible items are suitable replacements for hard-to-find foodie foods:
With a taste profile very similar to the greendu jour, spinach or, "the other super green," is just as high in iron, magnesium, calcium, as well as the trifecta of vitamins C, K, and A. Turns out Popeye was right all along!
High in protein, walnuts also contain a large source of omega-3 and essential fatty acids, which act as anti-inflammatory agents (read: improved memory and possible reduced rates of breast cancer). Why not grind them up in pestos or creamy salad dressing for an extra boost?
Acai is top-billed as the mother of antioxidants (think: anti-aging) as well as other energy-boosting properties, but blueberries have the highest amount of antioxidants of any berry. They also improve heart health and lower the risk of heart attack. Add a heaping cup a day—a recent Harvard study found that an occasional berry has the same imprint as a berry-free lifestyle—in your daily smoothie for best results.
Both cilantro and parsley are known for their detoxing properties, particularly when they are juiced. Similar to chlorella, their chemical compounds allow them to bond to metals and other toxins in our cells, and pull them out of the tissue. Try juicing them with kale, apple, lemon, and ginger.
Similar to cacao, dark chocolate contains as much antioxidant power as its raw, harder-to-find sibling—plus cardiovascular benefits, reduced risk of heart attack, and a boost in cognitive function. (Though recent research has called these claims into question.) The dark stuff is also considerably cheaper than cacao and has a sweeter aftertaste when used in baked goods. Just make sure to use a 60% or higher variety with no dairy or refined sugar for the best results.
Spirulina, a blue-green algae often used in #fitspo health shakes, has been reported to prevent heart disease (and provides a high source of iron and vitamin B.) However, it's somewhat of an acquired taste—and a hard-to-acquire sundry. For the same health benefits, try wrapping avocado, quinoa, and cucumber in toasted seaweed sheets for a healthy and satisfying lunch option.
Rich in vitamin B, the ultimate energy booster maca root is known to balance hormones as well as improve mood, tissue function, and most of all, sex drive. If you don't have any maca powder available, try adding figs to add extra sweetness to both your morning shake (and your sex life!).
Hemp seeds are somewhat of a miracle food: They offer high protein, contain all 10 essential amino acids, and act as an anti-inflammatory agent. But did you know that easily stored sardines are also high in omega-3s, low in mercury, and boast tons of magnesium and B vitamins? Add them to your morning scrambled eggs post-workout for boost. And for a light, nutritious snack, toast up some Ezekiel bread or millet toast, add a few drops of olive oil, a few sardines, and sprinkle with red pepper flakes and sea salt.
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