Pebbles or Pearl Logo_FinOn my journey to health and wellness I have accumulated a laundry list of vitamins and minerals that the body needs. My first thought was to go to the health food store and purchase supplements. I walked in with a list of things I intended to buy and walked out with a couple of items. Why you ask? Supplements are expensive. Too expensive to make them the main source for the vitamins and minerals my family need.

One of the items I purchased was magnesium. Magnesium is one of the seven essential macro minerals and it plays and important part in things like metabolism of food and synthesis of fatty acids and proteins.  I went home and looked at the bottle of magnesium I’d paid over twenty bucks for and thought I wonder what foods I could eat to get enough magnesium in my diet?  I looked up how much magnesium I needed and learned the recommended dose for a female was 310 to 320 mgs, for a male 410 to 420 mgs, and for my son who’s five the recommended does was 240 mgs. Now that I knew how much was recommended I wanted to know what foods were high in magnesium.

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that foods that were already in my eating plan contained magnesium. Spinach (1oz) was 101 milligrams, Black beans (1/2 cup) was 60 milligrams and cooked oatmeal (1 cup) was 58 milligrams. There was a healthy list of foods that had magnesium and I was reacquainted with an old love during my research. In my twenties I use to love eating sunflower seeds, but somewhere during my life I’d stopped eating them. Sunflowers seeds are high in magnesium with 105 milligrams per ¼ cup it was worth becoming reacquainted. I reintroduce them to my eating plan and was able to introduce them to my son, a finicky eater, without a food war.

It is clear to me that I should eat a variety of whole foods. Not to say there isn’t a place for supplements, but I’d rather consume the more affordable foods that will provide the vitamins and nutrients me and my family need; and not the supplements that I may or may not be able to convince them to take. One thing’s for sure is they will eat, even my finicky eating son.

Here’s to our best Health, Home and Self

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