2. Cacao Powder
This is the only “sweet” Dr. Fuhrman wants in your pantry. It’s the most natural form of chocolate available. Cacao powder is not refined – there are no simple sugars or carbohydrates in it. It’s a powerful, nutrient-packed antioxidant, and it’s the perfect excuse to enjoy some sweet treats for breakfast. Use it in smoothies with bananas, or blend it with spinach to give your green drink a chocolaty twist.
3. Adzuki Beans
These small, red beans are loaded with protein, iron, potassium, folate and magnesium. They’re also full of soluble fiber, which keeps you fuller for longer and can help to lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Their low glycemic index makes them an optimal choice for individuals affected by diabetes and blood sugar management issues. Adzuki beans are high in resistant starch, which means many of the calories consumed from these beans can’t be absorbed by the body. As a result, adzuki beans have fewer calories for the same volume of food, making them a dieter’s best friend.
As an added bonus, these beans are easy to prepare! Called “simple beans” because they do not require soaking, adzuki take half the time to cook compared to other beans. It’s easy to find fresh and inexpensive adzuki beans. They make the perfect addition to soups, dips and chilis.