Nutrition and eating healthy food isn’t something that’s necessarily easy for everyone. Sometimes, getting in that extra amount of vitamins and nutrients can feel like the hardest thing in the world. This is why we’ve gathered some of our favourite healthy food toppers! To add the most (and easiest) amount of nutrition to every bite!
If you’re looking for some extra nutrition to sneak into your meals without making any drastic changes, we have listed a few of our favourites. Items like chia seeds, flax seeds, or even hemp seeds offer a ton of nutritional benefits for your body. Simply add them to your smoothies or top off your oatmeal and you won’t even notice a major difference in flavour or time required.
Down below we have listed some of our favourite healthy food toppers that are full of nutritional benefits, so keep on scrolling for more information!
This post features our favourite healthy food toppers to add extra nutrition to your meals.
5 Healthy Food Toppers We Can’t Get Enough Of
1. Chia Seeds
Full of nutrients, chia seeds offer a ton of benefits! From their high levels of omega-3’s to their rich sources in iron, fiber, and even calcium, this antioxidant is a great additive when trying to reach a weight loss goal. It’s recommended you consume around 1.5 tablespoons of chia seeds daily.
We personally LOVE chia seeds in our smoothies, as a cereal or oatmeal topper, or even in a “Chia Seed Pudding” for dessert (YUM!- recipe coming soon!). It also acts as an egg substitute when baking and works wonders in cookies.
2. Hemp Hearts
We love to add hemp hearts to (almost) every dish. A very easy ingredient to hide, with a slight (almost unrecognizable) flavouring, hemp hearts are the perfect addition to a ton of different meals. From smoothies, oatmeals, to even salads, hemp hearts are such a versatile ingredient that can compliment any dish. Personally, we love adding hemp hearts to the top of our Alfredo sauce or butter & parmesan pasta- SO GOOD!
Not only are they versatile and easy to toss in, but they are also jam packed with a ton of nutrients. They are a fantastic protein source, vitamin E, and healthy fats. They are linked to reducing heart disease risks, benefiting your skin and with skin flare-ups (for conditions like eczema), and can help to balance your hormones.
3. Flax Seeds
If you’re looking for a strong fiber source to add to your diet, this is it. High in protein, omega 3’s, lignans, and a ton of other vitamins and minerals, flax seeds are obviously the perfect candidate to elevate your meals. There’s various signs of evidence that show how flax seeds can be very beneficial when looking to lose weight, as it makes you feel fuller for longer.
These taste fantastic in oatmeal, smoothies, or just as an added source of nutrients when baking. We love adding flax seeds to our yogurt parfaits (just simply mix it in with some granola) or even on top of our cereal in the morning. Flax seeds are also another egg substitute for baking muffins, breads, and more. Recommendation! Use them in their ground-up version, as it’s easier for you body to digest and consume their nutrients.
This powerful green powder is everywhere now-a-days, and it’s gone beyond just the simple tea version of it. From ice creams to lattes, matcha has slowly taken over the food game. Besides its fun green colouring and delicious taste, there’s a great reason for this. The nutritional benefits matcha packs is absolutely insane and noteworthy.
Matcha is a great natural source for antioxidants, which is proven to help reverse and reduce damages from free radicals (a cancer causing agent). There are also studies on Matcha which show how it can help to protect from liver damage and prevent various types of cancer. It’s also an amazing ingredient to utilize when looking to lose weight, as studies show it’s a fat burner.
5. Healthy Food Favourite: Quinoa
Quick, easy, and a simple way to nutritionally enhance your meal. It is also an amazing substitute and source of nutrients for anyone who suffers from a gluten allergy, intolerance, or sensitivity. Quinoa frequents a ton of different meals and dishes. We personally love ourselves some breakfast quinoa overnight oats, in a salad as a topper, or even the main component in our dessert.
Did you know quinoa is full of nutrients? It’s true! Quinoa is high in fiber and protein, is an antioxidant, is anti-inflammatory, great for your metabolism, and is high in vitamins and minerals. We love incorporating quinoa into any dishes that calls for rice, barley, pasta, etc. Such a versatile superfood that packs a ton of benefits!