This post was sponsored by Hood as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
It would be an understatement to say that my eating habits have changed since my weight loss surgery in June 2017. Where I once devoured french fries, I now enjoy veggie fries. Protein drinks have replaced milkshakes and good old fashioned H2O has taken the place of diet soda. And you know what? I’ve never felt better!
Keep in mind that I still struggle with Multiple Sclerosis and arthritis on a daily basis but somehow those two monsters seem less frightening as I’ve transitioned into a) a healthy weight range and b) someone who gets enough protein, vitamins, and minerals in their diet.
There are three foods that have transformed the way I feel both physically and mentally. Basically, they’ve improved my overall health and wellness. Today, I’m sharing that list with you because I want you to feel good too.
3 Foods That Have Improved My Overall Health and Wellness
1.Protein Drinks & Shakes
As I mentioned in my 3 Way To Get More Protein post, the human body needs a minimum of 60g of protein per day. Before my lifestyle change, I was getting maybe half of that. Now that I drink at least one protein shake a day, I’m easily reaching my 60g of daily protein goal.
Instead of using reduced fat milk to make my protein shakes, I’ve been using Hood® Calorie Countdown 2% Reduced Fat dairy beverage found at Walmart. With each one cup serving, Hood Calorie Countdown has
- 70 calories or 42% fewer calories than traditional whole milk
- 3 grams carbs or 75% fewer carbs than traditional whole milk
- 2 grams sugar or 75% less sugar than traditional whole milk.
The lower carb and sugar content of Hood Calorie Countdown, combined with daily exercise has definitely helped me keep my weight loss momentum going. I’ve lost 90 pounds since June of 2017!
When I want to add a little variety to my protein shakes, I switch to Hood Calorie Countdown 2% Reduced Fat Chocolate. It makes me feel like I’m cheating even though I’m not. When it comes to carbohydrates, calories, fat content, and sugars, Hood Calorie Countdown 2% Reduced Fat Chocolate has chocolate milk beat. It contains 56% fewer calories, 67% fewer carbs, and 75% less sugar (than traditional chocolate milk) which makes this girl very happy.
Hood Calorie Countdown also comes in whole and fat-free varieties. I plan on using the fat-free version to make this Spaghetti Squash Carbonara I discovered on the Hood website. It’s a great recipe for anyone looking to eat healthier.
Before you head to the store to buy your favorite variety of Hood Calorie Countdown, print out this high-value coupon (available for a limited time).
2. Greek yogurt
If you would’ve told me a year ago that I’d be eating Greek yogurt daily, I would’ve called you crazy but this nutrient-packed food has totally transformed my life. Greek yogurt gives my body important nutrients like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium which all work together to promote strong, healthy bones. In addition, the protein content it contains helps me reach my daily protein goal.
And the probiotics in Greek yogurt? They really do work. If you’ve ever lost a significant amount of weight then you know that being “regular” is a big deal. Probiotics help with that and I love that I’m keeping my gut healthy.
3. Raw Spinach
Now I know why Popeye the sailor man ate so much spinach! This leafy green stuff gives me life. The fiber it contains helps me feel full longer and the vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and protein have improved my overall sense of well-being. I feel stronger and healthier when I eat raw spinach and more fatigued and foggy when I don’t.
According to Good Housekeeping, eating spinach has the following health benefits:
- helps reduce atherosclerosis
- lowers triglycerides, total cholesterol, and LDL levels
- keeps blood glucose in check
- builds muscle &
- reduces the risk of cancer.
Note: Make sure that you purchase organic spinach to avoid pesticides.
If you’re looking to improve your health this year, I encourage you to incorporate protein shakes (made with Hood Calorie Countdown), Greek yogurt, and spinach into your diet. These three foods have made such a positive impact on my health and wellness that I truly want everyone to know about it. Should we meet in real life, prepare to be bombarded with talks of Vitamin K, insoluble fiber, and probiotics. I may even show you my brand new muscles. 😉
Be well, my friends…
Disclaimer: This is an informational post only and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult with your health care professional to receive personalized medical guidance.