Convenience is key, right? That's why Rebecca Lewis, in-house RD at HelloFresh, keeps plenty of nut butter on her at all times. "I’ll always have some sort of nut butter (peanut, almond, or cashew) with me, as they come in those convenient squeeze packets now," she says. No, you don't need to just stand around squeezing them into your mouth (although, hey, if that's what you're into, go for it), so she recommends pairing them with bananas, blueberries, or blackberries. Nuts are nice because they are stuffed with monounsaturated fats, fiber, and protein -- all of which can help fill you up.
Oh, that incredible, edible egg. Jackie Newgent, RDN, culinary nutritionist, and author of The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook, adores organic eggs. Not only are they a malleable ingredient that can be cooked in myriad ways on their own, they're good for you, too... regardless of their former reputation as cholesterol-delivering harbingers of heart doom.
Which is why you shouldn't go for those lame egg-white omelets! "The egg yolk, specifically, is rich in lutein and zeaxanthin," she explains. "Lutein is the prime carotenoid in the human brain and is associated with increased mental sharpness and decision-making in adults. Plus, lutein plays a key role in the prevention of age-related macular degeneration." In other words, eggs help keep your brain and eyes in tip-top shape.
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