By Fran of Heyfranhey.com
Last week we discussed how to promote healthy hair growth through our diets. You guys gave me awesome feedback on the “Green Smoothie” so I’ll make sure to keep whipping up different combinations every couple of weeks!
Blending fruits and veggies, on a daily basis, is a quick and easy way to keep up with your nutrient intake. In this article we’ll take our desire to eat healthy up a notch by discussing common, everyday foods and their healthier alternatives. So the next time you’re breaking out, having difficulty losing weight or frustrated with your hair’s chronic dryness and stunted growth, open your fridge and make sure you’re not negatively affecting your health with these processed, low nutrient foods!
Egg Whites instead of Whole Eggs
Egg whites make up two-thirds of an egg’s weight. This consists of essential proteins, vitamins and minerals. The yolk, on the other hand, contains massive amounts of cholesterol, fat and only half the protein provided by the egg whites. Yolks contain up to 55 calories, 4.5 grams of fat and 2.7 grams of protein. Egg whites only contain 17 calories, 0.1 grams of fat and up to 5 grams of protein. You can buy cartons of egg whites in liquid or powder form at your local natural food stores. I usually grab mine at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. And believe it or not, they taste just as good!
Almond Milk instead of Cow’s Milk
There has been much controversy surrounding the processing of Cow’s milk. So much so that Harvard released a revised edition of our healthy eating “Food Pyramid” (we’ll be discussing that next week) that no longer includes Dairy. Scary! There have been many debates and documentaries with proof of high traces of antibiotics and growth hormones (pumped into the Cows) in our milk. Not to mention, the pasteurization process it goes through kills a lot of the beneficial nutrients.
Soy milk has been a popular natural alternative to dairy but controversy has been surrounding it as well, as of late. There has been a lot of talk of soybeans now being genetically modified in order to produce larger quantities in less time. While high in protein, up to 7 grams per serving, soy milk is also extremely high in calories with 80–120 calories per serving (Cow milk is 146 calories per serving).
Almond milk, on the other hand, is only 40 calories per serving and made from raw nuts and water; making it your safest and healthiest choice as a dairy alternative. It doesn’t compare as far as protein, containing only 1 gram per serving (to cow milks 8 grams) but it makes up for it by providing a wider range of essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to properly function. If you have a nut allergy, another alternative to consider is goat’s milk.