I subscribe to the Men’s Health daily emails just to see what kind of bogus conventional-knowledge based nutrition information they come up with each day. While some of their “Eat This, Not That!” info is good if you’re stuck at a crappy chain restaurant, most of their recommendations are very pro-dairy and too high in animal protein. Here’s what they listed yesterday as the 10 best items for your fridge, and below that, I made my own top 10 list, substituting out the problematic items from their list:
1. Plain Greek Yogurt
3. Roasted Tomato Chipotle Corn Salsa
4. Low Fat Chocolate Milk
5. Red Delicious Apples
6. Broccoli Sprouts
7. Food For Life Ezekiel 4:9 Bread
8. Organic Apple Butter
9. Ocean Spray Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
10. Wild Salmon
Aside from the plethora of animal products on this list, I am absolutely floored that they included a mass-manufactured fruit juice on the list. So what if it contains less sugar than processed OJ, it still contains too much sugar. Here’s what I’d consider the “perfect refrigerator”:
1. Kale – Super nutrient-dense and very versatile. Use it in smoothies, soups, salads, or to make kale chips. Just make sure you buy organic.
2. Hummus – Great source of protein and many other vitamins, makes any vegetable taste delicious, and can be used in all kinds of dressings.
3. Salsa – This was one of the few items they got right. Salsa can be used as a sauce for just about any vegetable dish and can be used in place of oily salad dressing.
4. Almond Milk – Almond milk consumption doesn’t correlate with cancer like cow’s milk, has more calcium than cow’s milk, and contains less calories. Pretty easy winner here.
5. Apples – Great for snacks and to add for flavoring to fresh vegetable juices.
6. Raw nuts (almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, etc.) – Yes, keep them in your fridge so they stay fresh longer. If you leave them out, they can go rancid. Although broccoli sprouts are good, nuts are really some of the more perfect foods around. And, there’s new evidence that people who eat raw nuts have lower risk of Cardiovascular Disease.
7. Ezekiel Bread – This was fine too – sprouted grain bread is so much better than so-called “whole wheat” bread, and Ezekiel brand is delicious.
8. Carrots and other vegetables (romaine, cucumber, spinach, celery, etc.) for juicing. – Making fresh vegetable juices is one of the best ways to give your body the vital micronutrients it needs, and the pure cell replenishment you get without burning fuel in digestion is really energizing.
9. Coconut Water – Nature’s Gatorade, it’s perfect for replacing electrolytes after a workout and one serving has more potassium than 15 bananas, is a great source of calcium, and actually is strikingly similar to blood plasma.
1o. Lemons – Lemons make any salad dressing or dip delicious, and lemon juice with warm water is literally like a pipe cleaner for your body, especially your liver.
Pretty sure my top 10 blows Men’s Health’s top 10 out of the water. I really wish these major nutrition and fitness outlets would wake up to the devastating effect on heart disease and cancer that dairy and other animal products have.