Apple cider vinegar is a phenomenal food item that you’ve probably never tried, but will never go back from when you do try it. It’s a live, probiotic product, which means there are lots of tiny microorganisms living inside it, and they’re amazing for your gut health. It also has a lot of other nutrients in it, and it’s a great health drink when you mix a small amount into a glass of water: zingy, peppy, and perfect for getting you thinking better without the crash you get from coffee!
Sweet potatoes are the perfect substitute for normal potatoes, which are basically pure starch. These are low-carb, high-fiber tubers you can use in all the same ways (just cook them longer, is the general rule). They have antioxidants like berries, as well as lots of other nutrients. I use them for anything like hash browns or breakfast bakes, and they’re really good for making our knish!
Olive oil: what’s there to say, really? Anyone who knows anything about nutrition knows that olive oil is the healthiest fat on the planet, and it’s the main secret of the mediterranean diet. It’s an unsaturated fat that helps your heart, joints, brain, and basically every other part of your body. Just use it for everything, except it does burn at really high temperatures, which is when I substitute with coconut oil.
Salmon is the other great fat item on this list. It has lots of omega acids, which are super good for heart health, cholesterol, and all that. It’s also lean protein, and it tastes so, so good. Definitely the best fish from a nutritional standpoint, and you can cook it without any extra grease because of all its natural oils.
Dark chocolate (60% or more cocoa) is full of antioxidants, and the must-do alternative to normal milk chocolate (which, let’s face it, is kinda gross anyway, don’t you think?). Dark chocolate isn’t cloyingly sweet, and it has much more interesting of a taste than milk chocolates or lighter things. We use it for literally every baked good we make. In small amounts, it’s officially a health food, so no feeling guilty about our cookies!
Yogurt is by far the healthiest dairy product you can find, because it’s the most protein-packed. It also has live cultures living in it, like cider vinegar, which makes it much better for your gut than milk or cheese. Fun fact: if you can’t eat eggs, yogurt works as a binder for baked stuff! Make sure you go for the grass fed yogurt, though, because it’s a completely different experience. WAY better taste and more nutrient content than yogurt from cows who eat grain.
Carrots are another of the absolute best sources of both nutrition and flavor for juice! Carrot juice is full of beta carotene, which is like medicine for eyes and mental function. It’s also got some of the sweetness of apples without all the sugar content, and with a more interesting tang to its flavor profile. We use it for carrot, ginger, beet juice, and as a sweetener and balancer for the flavors in our green juice blends! Definitely one of the best fruits and vegetables for juicing, period.
Asparagus is absolutely underrated as a vegetable, probably because so many people have had bad experiences with it. Cooked badly, it’s slimy and disgusting. But done right, it’s absolutely phenomenal. I didn’t have really great asparagus until I came to college, when I had it off the grill at a nutrition department cookout. Holy crap. So good! It has basically no carbs or calories to speak of, which makes it a good choice for anyone trying to cut sugar, and it has tons of vitamin K. We don’t put it in juices at the moment, but we’re experimenting with ways to incorporate the sweet, nutty green flavor in future blends.
Almonds are a prime ingredient in our baked snacks, from moon cookies to our oatmeal bars. They’re just a fantastic nut overall–all the nutrients from peanut butter without being as heavy. I love almond butter on apple slices or toast, and raw almonds are a great thinking snack (something you can tell yourself about our baked items as well!).
Chicken is definitely the best of the land-based protein sources for meat-eaters. It’s the leanest of beef, pork and lamb, and it’s pretty much straight protein. There’s very little fat, which basically means there’s no downside to it as a protein source.
Ok, kind of a random list, I know, but some of the healthy foods I’m most passionate about, and hope you are too! You can look for a lot of them in our foods, and now you know what they’re doing for you on the inside.