Summer is the perfect time to get creative with all the fresh vegetables available locally.

Along with this creativity comes the opportunity to boost our metabolism and support our gut and immune health while increasing the amount of energy we feel from our food.

One of the best ways to turn an average salad into “rocket fuel” is to create a power bowl.

Here are the categories of foods that create the power for your bowl:

  • Fiber – Basically, it goes in one end and feeds the gut microbes in the colon on its way out, but it also has the effect of helping us to feel full and satisfied when we are eating. Excellent sources of fiber include: Avocado, hemp seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussel sprouts.

  • Omega-3s – Anti-inflammatory, good for your hair, skin, hormones and your heart! Wild caught salmon is a great dietary source of these healthy fats. On the days that you don’t eat fish, it’s important to supplement omega-3s, as you can only get these important fatty acids from your diet or supplements. This is our favourite omega-3 supplement.

  • Micronutrients and Antioxidants – These essential vitamins and minerals are critical for supporting mitochondria. They are also responsible for generating cellular energy and other core metabolic functions. Antioxidants play a crucial role in protecting the body from oxidative stress, which is linked to cancer, diabetes, and neurodegenerative diseases. Dietary sources include: Sprouts, red cabbage, purple cabbage, Napa cabbage, green cabbage, orange carrots, cauliflower, cucumber, celery, and beets. If you want to power up your micronutrients with supplements, True B and True C are great choices.

  • Probiotics –  The superheroes for our gut. They help us digest our food properly and keep our immune and hormonal systems strong. Dietary sources include: fermented sauerkraut and apple cider vinegar.

  • Protein – Helps to balance our blood sugar and provides building blocks for muscle.  It is also crucial for energy production in our bodies. Dietary sources include: salmon, kippers, tuna, and sardines.

Written by: Dr. Jacqui Fleury, ND. 

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