9. Wheat germ
If you’ve never heard of wheat germ, now’s the time to learn about it! Wheat germ is literally the germ, or the reproductive part, of wheat. It is the embryo within the seed, and it’s packed full of goodness. It is a by-product of milling, meaning that it is inexpensive to buy, yet still really good for you.
Just a couple of tablespoons of wheat germ will give you almost 20% of your daily vitamin E requirement, over 10% of your vitamin E requirements, and a whole host of other nutrients. If you’re not a big eater of nuts, this is a good alternative – and even using it alongside walnuts and almonds in oatmeal during breakfast can seriously improve your general health with minimal effort.
Some of the most popular ways to consume wheat germ is to include it in a smoothie, eat it with your cereal or enjoy it with natural Greek yogurt.
10. Almond butter
Almond butter is the perfect alternative for eggs and dairy. Vegans all over the world rely on almond butter as a source of protein, as well as good fats! This butter is full of monounsaturated fats, which are essential for our bodies to stay healthy.
The butter can be used in lots of ways, whether with pancakes, on toast, or spread on fruits. Give it a try!
Finally, don’t forget about watermelon. It’s refreshing and hydrating, and perfect for the morning. It’s also full of a nutrient called lycopene – something found in most red fruits – that helps the body in a number of ways. Lycopene can help keep your heart and cardiovascular system healthy, it helps prevent cancer and it even keeps your eyes healthy.
With so few calories too, it’s perfect for helping lose weight. Like celery, it takes more calories to eat watermelon than you actually obtain from consuming it.