Healthy eating means a little something different to everyone, so much so that the term ‘healthy’ has become an empty platitude; we thought it would be beneficial to outline what healthy eating means to us and why we’ve chosen the ingredients we have to produce our energy bites.
In an effort to develop an acute awareness of how certain foods make me feel, I began my ‘healthy eating’ journey with a 30 day elimination of added sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, carrageenan, MSG or sulfites, popularly known as Whole30. During the elimination period I felt a positive impact on my physical, mental and emotional well-being, simply by shifting my diet to whole foods. As the elimination phase is only meant for 30 days, upon reaching the reintroduction phase, I was able to eat more intuitively, learning how my body would respond to each reintroduction. My biggest takeaway from this time was the importance of reading ingredients and nutrition labels as both are important in achieving balance on the plate.This might change as the science around nutrition is constantly changing, however here are the three daily ‘healthy eating’ habits I try to follow:
- Build balanced meals with ⅓ protein, ⅓ vegetables and ⅓ carb. Tip: cooking a batch of sweet potatoes and placing them in the fridge afterwards increases resistant starches so they take longer to digest; decreasing the amount of insulin resistance for metabolism and making it slower for the carbs to be absorbed into your body, better for blood sugar management and overall energy levels.
- Limit sugars and sweeteners, even the ‘healthier’ sounding ones like coconut sugar, stevia, yacon syrup, organic raw cane sugar. Many of these sweeteners are identical in terms of chemical composition to sugar, made up of sucrose. Additionally these sweeteners can negatively impact gut health
- When not purchasing whole foods, simple ingredient lists are generally preferable
Nomz energy bites are made with nuts, dates, cocoa, coconut and sea salt -- that’s it. Each ingredient thoughtfully sourced for taste and nutritional benefits.
Almonds are packed with fiber, protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals, providing the foundation for all four of our energy bites.
Hazelnuts are a rich source of vitamins and minerals, as well as omega-6 and-9 fatty acids.
Pistachios high levels of healthy fats and potassium.
Dates high in fiber and antioxidants.
Cocoa rich in antioxidants, sourced fair trade.
Coconut is a great source of fiber, iron & zinc, sourced sulfite-free and fair trade.
Sea salt helps regulate fluid balance and blood pressure. As sea salt is minimally processed it contains more minerals than table salt including potassium, iron and calcium.