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Summer’s here, and with it comes the fun of picnics, barbecues, and adventures that can leave us far from our usual healthy routines. But sneaking in extra nutrients doesn’t have to be complicated! Pack these 7 surprisingly versatile ingredients in a waterproof bag for a boost of minerals, fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants:

1. Chia Seeds: These tiny powerhouses are easy to digest (when soaked) and loaded with benefits. Rich in fiber, protein, omega-3s, and antioxidants, chia seeds can help balance blood sugar, support heart health, and even promote healthy skin. Sprinkle them on anything – from lobster rolls to grilled cheese or even soft serve ice cream!

2. Hemp Seeds: A member of the cannabis family, hemp seeds are a great source of GLA, a fatty acid involved in hormone regulation and inflammation control. Toss them into smoothies, shakes, or even salads for an extra nutritional punch.

3. Barley Green Grass Powder: Don’t let the name fool you – these convenient packets are packed with vitamins A, C, B complex, and essential minerals. It also contains highly absorbable protein and a variety of amino acids, including some our bodies can’t produce themselves. Plus, barley green grass powder is rich in chlorophyll, which may help inhibit bad bacteria and balance your body’s pH. Sneak it into hummus, dips, or salads for a boost of energy, digestion, and immune support.

4. Collagen Peptides: This naturally occurring protein is essential for healthy hair, skin, nails, and joints. Collagen peptides can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and promote stronger nails. Pack a small container in your bag and ask for them to be blended into your smoothie or mocktail.

5. Chaga Mushrooms: These mushrooms are high in antioxidants and beta-glucans, compounds that may help boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, and even offer anti-cancer properties. Chaga powder can be added to coffee, tea, smoothies, or even ice cream for a dose of potential health benefits.

6. Ashwagandha (Winter Cherry): This adaptogenic herb is a rich source of minerals and known for its stress-reducing properties. Store it in an airtight container and create your own custom spice blend with ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Add it to chili, fruit drinks, or even hot dog relish for a touch of flavor and potential stress relief.

7. MCT Oil: This readily absorbed oil provides a quick source of energy and may help increase metabolism. It also promotes healthy digestion, supports hormone balance, and may even improve mood. Carry a small vial with you and take the recommended dosage before each meal, knowing that regardless of what’s on the picnic menu, you’ve already given your body a healthy boost.

With these 7 sneaky ingredients, you can easily add extra nutrition to your summer meals and snacks, no matter where your adventures take you!

Ready to Take Your Gut Health Further?

These 7 ingredients are a great starting point, but for a deeper dive into gut health, consider our 7-Day GutLove Reset program! This self-guided program is designed to help you reset and heal your gut, potentially leading to reduced cravings, improved digestion, and a stronger immune system. Learn more about the power of gut health and how to achieve optimal well-being with our comprehensive program.

Remember, a healthy gut is the foundation for a healthy you!

Published On: April 28, 2019|By |
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