Ask food or nutrition professionals what their favorite food is, and chances are you’ll get a wide variety of responses. Some experts love particular foods for their flavor profile, while others are drawn to certain foods for their versatility in the kitchen or nutrient impact on health. I asked a few dietitian friends and colleagues what their go-to health food is and the responses were wide and varied. Here are a few under-the-radar food finds that dietitians in the know are recommending right now.
Can’t Fail With Good Fats
One of the keys to smart eating is choosing foods that help you stay full. Refined carbohydrates and high-sugar foods may fill you up fast, but they leave you feeling flat soon after that. Good fats are the antidotes to hunger pangs, and avocados contain the unsaturated fats that are a heart-smart way to help keep you full.
Dr. Anne VanBeber, PhD, RD, is a professor and the department chair of nutritional sciences at Texas Christian University. Her go-to snack is half of an avocado sprinkled with a little kosher or sea salt. “I just eat it with a spoon,” VanBeber says. “I know I’m getting some good fat, some good fiber, and it will help fill me up. Avocados help with cravings and keep me from eating sugary foods.”
Pack it In With Powdered Peanut Butter
Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RDN, of ShawSimpleSwaps.com, says that powdered peanut butter is hands-down, one of her favorite foods. “Because it’s essentially powdered peanuts with the oil removed, there’s 85 percent less fat and calories than you find in traditional peanut butter, which makes powdered peanut butter a great swap for an everyday routine.”
Shaw explains that, although she loves the real deal as well, she sometimes finds it hard to stick to a two-tablespoon serving of peanut butter, and those calories can easily rack up. She adds powdered peanut butter as a flavor enhancer and protein pump in her yogurt and smoothies, and also spreads it on toast topped with banana slices for an awesome on-the-go snack.
Caught Red Handed With Cruciferous Veggies
The cruciferous vegetable family members are particularly potent when it comes to nutrition benefits. These vegetables contain fiber and vitamin C and include crunchy favorites like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, bok choy and broccoli. Integrative dietitian and nutrition coach EA Stewart, aka the Spicy RD, is totally taken with one cruciferous vegetable