Usually when you see ‘add ons’ on the menu you equate them to costing extra, and simply adding more fat or unwanted calories to your meal. The health conscious person has learned to resist add ons, even when the waitresses asks sweetly, “would you like to add extra cheese to your burger for and extra $1, or add a side of fries to your meal?”
But what about the add ons that actually add to your meal’s nutritional value? What a concept right? Even when you’re eating out, and may not making your regular food choices, there are ways to get the most out of your meals. Here are three add ons that I swear by!
Sprinkle cinnamon to your Starbucks brew in the morning. Cinnamon is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. Also, several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar and that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol (source).
2. What’s in the bag…
A few weeks ago I posted about this product on My Favorite Things Monday. This handy little addition to salads has been a life saver still. I throw this little resealable bag in my purse all the time! If I’m ever stuck with a take out salad filled with ice berg lettuce at least I can add a sprinkling of extra greens filled with vitamins and fiber.
3. Sweet treats…
Obviously ice cream is not something that should be eaten all the time. It is high in sugar, and low in things the body really needs. If you’re going to eat ice cream try adding raw cocoa nibs are a crunchy and satisfying topping. Cocoa nibs are rich in antioxidant flavonoids that promote cardiovascular health and protect against toxins. The antioxidant flavonoids in raw cacao can help improve circulation, regular heartbeat and blood pressure. Also, raw cacao promotes the release of neurotransmitters, which promote a positive outlook and bodily rejuvenation, and release feel-good hormones. Raw cacao raises levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter, and acts as an anti-depressant that can help reduce symptoms of PMS (source).
What are your favorite add ones, and which ones do you avoid like the plague?