Two out of three of these items below I have every. single. day.
 I was introduced to their benefits several months ago by researching different blog sites and articles.  Of course, I do not combine all three of these together.  Read on to find out why I love them and swear by them.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
I add a Tbsp. of this to my morning vanilla Muscle Gain shake, along with some other supplements that help hide the bitter taste and ease the ability to chug it down. However, I used to mix it with a bit of water, a squeeze of lemon and drink it like a shot. You can try that as well.
Why I swear by it: It’s full of enzymes and potassium, helps support a healthy immune system, promotes digestion and ph balance, as well as helps remove body sludge toxins from the body. ( It’s like doing a daily cleanse; and what’s not to love about that!?
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: In a perfect world I would have the organic kind, but until this runs out, I’m working with it.  Adding a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder to my protein drinks or mixing it at night with water and stevia is a little tip I picked up from
Why I swear by it: I follow Jill Coleman on twitter and after seeing her post several times about how it curbs sugar cravings and it’s benefits I decided to research it and give it a try myself. If you have a sweet tooth I highly recommend adding this (1-3 Tbsp)somewhere in your diet throughout the day.  It honestly has saved me from diving face first into a sugar-laden, fat-filled, “Ize gotzta have something sweet” binge!
Nutritional Profile: Aside from having only 10 calories, 0.5 gm fat, 3 gm carbs, 2 gm fiber, and zero sugar it contains more antioxidant flavonoids than any other food tested. So, if you’re drinking red wine at night under the excuse that “it contains antioxidants” or eating handfuls of blueberries, you may want to trade it for a tablespoon of raw cocoa and save yourself the unnecessary sugar. To read about all the other benefits or raw cocoa visit this website.
Nutritional Yeast Flakes: I recently posted a recipe here that includes butternut squash, kale, and nutritional yeast flakes.  It is so guilt-free delicious; a must-try.  You can find it by clicking on the picture below.
Why I swear by them: Nutritional yeast flakes have a buttery/cheese-like flavor without the guilt.  They are gluten free, salt free, sugar free, fat free, and have 2 gm of protein per tablespoon.  It’s great for vegetarians or us protein lovers because it contains all 9 necessary amino acids in one serving, and most brands are fortified with vitamin B12.  They’re very versatile and can be used in place of cheese and breadcrumbs in recipes, sprinkled on popcorn, tossed with roasted veggies…the possibilities are endless.  Give them a try and let me know what you think.  And while you’re at it, try my recipe on the Pump & Shred site; I know you’ll love it!