In a dream world, healthy, nutrient-dense meals would be easily accessible to everyone. Buying quinoa, leafy greens, and other superfoods would be just as convenient, and affordable, as buying a bag of chips to go or our beloved (if not Really good for you) Smart Food Popcorn. But most of the time, the comfort foods we turn to the most, whether we’re just getting out of bed or looking for something to boost the workday, is whatever, well there. Knowing how to stock your pantry with clean, healthy foods that you will truly love is a must-master skill, so we gladly accept any help we can find. Especially if it’s healthy foods on Amazon that we can ship to our doorstep!
So when we come across a recent domino interview with registered dietitian-nutritionist May Zhu (founder of the Chicago-based blog Nutrition happens) sharing their health swaps for sandwiches, salad dressings and more that can be ordered directly from Amazon, we let out an audible cheer. Healthy shopping from the comfort of your sofa? We will give a five star rating to that.
Several items on Zhu’s Best Healthy Snacks list on Amazon cover the categories that most easily fall prey to the temptation of junk food. We collect some of the tasty highlights below.
It’s never fun to hear, but it has to be said: one of the worst things to consume first thing in the morning is sugar (which is also one of the biggest guilty when it comes to aging, I sigh). And while we should all treat ourselves to cakes once in a while, having a nutritious base in the pantry can make mornings so much easier. Plus, Zhu’s healthy Amazon pick, Quaker Overnight Oats, is tasty enough not to feel like a sacrifice. Start with a variety pack so you can find out if he’s more of a Blue Banana and Vanilla Bliss person or a Raisin Walnut and Honey Heaven devotee.
Many snacks pass themselves off as healthy (blame the misleading packaging), so it’s nice to have a nutritionist’s seal of approval. Zhu’s Amazon Pick: Bada Bean Light Up Chips. Vegan, gluten-free, low in sugar, and high in plant-based protein, the brand’s ingredients are thankfully simple. Plus, single-serving packages come in garlic, sriracha, barbecue, cocoa, and cinnamon, so your snacking sessions will always have plenty of variety.
Healthier salads and more
Despite its very literal name, most salad dressings end up doubling as a condiment or as a sauce ingredient. To make sure your kitchen hero is free of the category-defining sugars, Zhu recommends the brand Primordial Kitchen, which uses pure avocado oil in its dressings for a healthier base packed with all the good fats.
We love an easy ingredient from Amazon that makes our healthy snacks and dishes work even more. BetterBody Organic Chia Seeds They offer a gluten-free powerhouse of nutrients and a great source of fiber to help keep your gut microbiome happy. Zhu suggests sprinkling them in smoothies, yogurts, and even oatmeal – this chia pudding recipe is the perfect start to the day!
Visit domino.com for the full list of Amazon Findings signed by nutritionists.