2. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds have been all the rage for quite a few years now — and rightfully so. These tiny seeds are packed with essential nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, calcium, phosphorus and zinc.
Plus, they contain several components that may prevent the development of various chronic cardiovascular diseases when eaten as part of a balanced plant-rich diet.
Additionally, these seeds are also quite versatile. They can be added to just about any food or beverage item you can think of, as long as it contains moisture to hold the seed in place. That being said, you can pick up a pack of Nature’s Intent Chia Seeds from Costco for about $8.70.
BEWARE: Never eat dry chia seeds! Always allow them to expand in the moisture in your food or beverage first before consuming them. That way, they won’t expand in your throat and get stuck as they did with a 39-year-old man who swallowed a tablespoon of them and then drank a glass of water right after. The result was a thickened, gel-like mass that required a trip to the ER to remove it.
1. Chocolate Bars
Chocolate bars can’t be healthy, right? Wrong! If you opt for dark chocolate, you can get all the deliciousness of this beloved sweet treat without all the guilt.
Enter Jojo’s Guilt-Free Chocolate bars. These dark chocolate bars are low in sugar and carbs and are topped with almonds, cranberries, and pistachios. You can get a pack of 14 of them at Costco for $9.99.
So, why does JOJO’s Chocolate refer to these bars as guilt-free? Perhaps it’s the fact that they are vegan, low in sugar, free of gluten and certified Non-GMO.
Maybe it’s because they contain slow-digesting plant-based protein that contains dietary fiber to help kick your sugar cravings! I mean, what other chocolate bar do you know of that has all that?!