Fitness

Three Strange Things That Should Be In Your Fridge

June 5, 2013

I’m pretty excited about this awesome guest post I have for you. My friend Andrew from Koge Vitamins contacted me to see if I’d be interested in having him write about some benefits of taking various types of vitamins. I think you guys will really like this one, I know I learned something new! Also don’t forget if you are needing to add some new vitamins to your day, you can get 20% off any vitamin package with the code BEXFACTOR. They just added a  whey protein to their store too! 

All too often we get into habitual spending habits when we go to the grocery store.  Studies have found that children are likely to buy the same household and foods items that their parents bought, and that the habits of shoppers get more ingrained with age.  As a way to break with tradition, I thought I would profile three things that every fridge should have [but most likely don’t].

1. Miso
Miso is a fermented soybean paste that is popular in Japan.  While it may be an unexpected item to store in your fridge, this immunity-boosting superfood is actually a great addition to many recipes you probably already make.  Try mixing some low-sodium miso paste into hot soup for an increase in zinc.  Or, use it in hot water while steaming vegetables to increase flavour and add a boost of minerals.  As well, you can mix it with fresh herbs and sesame oil for a great salad dressing to drizzle over leafy greens.

2. Collard Greens
While these leafy greens may look intimidating with their giant palm-like leaves, the cholesterol-lowering ability of collard greens may be the greatest of all commonly eaten cruciferous vegetables.  In a recent study, steamed collard greens showed more health benefits than steamed kale, mustard greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, or cabbage.  The most incredible health benefit of these greens is their ability to bind bile acids in the digestive tract.  When this bile acid binding takes place, it’s easier for the bile acids to be excreted from the body.  Since bile acids are made from cholesterol, the net impact of this bile acid binding is a lowering of the body’s cholesterol level.  Pretty amazing for just a simple green veggie.  Try them steamed with olive oil and they’ll become a treat I’ll bet you didn’t expect.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be used for pretty much everything!  There are even books written about its incredible health benefits.  One of the most highlighted points is its ability to manage blood sugar levels and daily weight management by adding 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 16 ounces of water.  This can be sipped throughout the day and has been shown to increase weight loss. A study found that subjects who consumed apple cider vinegar for 12 weeks experienced significant declines in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides (Triglycerides contribute to the ‘bad cholesterol’ that can clog arteries and increase blood pressure). Not only can it increase weight loss, it can also helps the body maintain a healthy pH level by decreasing acid in the body and promoting a healthier pH level.  Research shows that higher acid levels leads to a lack of energy and higher incidences of infection. Hence, my desire to sip this healthy concoction a few times a day for a natural boost of energy.  My favorite way to use apple cider vinegar is to use it as a salad dressing.  Simply add equal parts olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup.  Shake and pour over fresh greens for the perfect salad dressing. 

I hope you try some of these quirkier ingredients and try some new items when you are grocery shopping next.

Andrew Lenjosek
Co-Founder, Koge Vitamins
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PS. Happy National Running Day my friends! I have a busy day planned but I’m going to try and sneak out for a run this evening if the husband will stay home with the babe. Get out and run! Fast, slow, short, long, just do it. 

4 Comments

  • Reply
    Lindsey
    June 5, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Interesting I had no idea about apple cider vinegar, I will have to change its home! I love it, we use it for so much. I used to drink it in water every morning as well.
    Have a great run!

    • Reply
      Bex
      June 5, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      I can’t do apple cider vinegar, I find it so awful and I’m always so confused how so many people can drink it?!

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    Jon Wieler
    June 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Not sure I have ever heard of collard greens before :p ???

    • Reply
      Bex
      June 5, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      I’ve heard of them, but definitely never had them.

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