When pursuing Pro Metabolic eating it can be hard to figure good Pro Metabolic sides to serve with your meals. Especially when you are starting out on a Pro Metabolic journey, things can be a little overwhelming and hard to wrap your brain around.
It was a pleasant surprise to me to find out that since I already make most of my food from scratch, there wasn’t as much that I needed to switch to. I mostly needed some brain rewiring around how I viewed gluten since I was coming from a gluten free diet. I was so happy to find that most of what I already ate was Pro Metabolic.
These Pro Metabolic sides have been my go to as I make meals from scratch for my family. Here are my top 9 Pro Metabolic sides to compliment nourishing meals.
Potatoes are root vegetables that are starchy and easy to digest. Although it would be best to buy organic potatoes, they do not fall in the EWG dirty dozen list, so I save a few dollars and buy non-organic potatoes.
The best way to consume potatoes, and other starchy foods, including grains, is with lots of butter or fat. The extra fat helps your digestion.
- Fried Potatoes
- Baked Potatoes
- Mashed Potatoes
- Fries – homemade and fried in a saturated fat
Sweet potatoes are higher up on my list of easier to digest foods because they are softer and at least for this year, they are one of the EWG clean 15 meaning they come into less contact with pesticides.
For better digestion, don’t eat the skin.
- Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Boiled Sweet Potatoes – serve with butter and salt, or a pinch of sugar
- Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Mashed Sweet Potatoes
A small portion of organic rice that has been soaked and rinsed before cooking is Pro Metabolic. Since it is a starchy grain which are harder to digest, it shouldn’t be prevalent in your diet, but it can still be enjoyed as a small portion served with plenty of fat.
I like to cook my rice with several tablespoons of butter and apple cider vinegar. It gives it a nice texture and helps it warm up better when we have leftovers.
- Seasoned Rice
- Mexican Rice
- Plain Rice – served with butter and salt
- Garlic Rice
It wouldn’t do to skip the famous Pro Metabolic carrot salad. I find this simple recipe, delicious and versatile. We eat it almost every evening at suppertime no matter what we are serving, including pizza.
- One medium carrot, peeled and shredded
- 1 T Coconut oil, organic and unrefined
- 1 t Apple cider vinegar, organic with the mother included
- A pinch of sea salt, without iodine
- Mix together and enjoy!
Great for soups, dips, or a side for a snack plate, sourdough crackers are a great addition to many meals and snacks. For the best quality, consider making them at home with organic unbleached and unenriched flour like the Arrowhead brand.
A slice or two of sourdough bread is a good side as toast for breakfast, sandwich bread for lunch, or a side for soup at supper. The fermenting of the flour is what makes sourdough the best option for bread.
For even better digestion, sourdough bread and other bread products, such as tortillas, biscuits, and pizza dough, should be homemade, and if possible with freshly ground organic flour.
Making your own sourdough bread doesn’t have to be complicated as it might at first seem. Here is my simple sourdough sandwich loaf that ferments overnight, and is ready to be baked within 24 hours. It’s so easy, I make it all the time!
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Fresh or Frozen Fruit
Since you eat the skin of most fruit, it is best to shop the organic section for fresh fruits. This will also give you an idea of what is in season since most organic fruits do not grow well out of season.
Organic frozen fruit that you warm up in the microwave or stew(Think apple pie filling, but with just a little bit of sweetener if any) is also an affordable option. Most organic frozen fruit is picked and frozen when the fruit is at its prime ripeness which is why this is another great option for a Pro Metabolic side.
Since milk has protein, fat, and carbs, this makes it a great side for snacks as well as meals. It’s no wonder that children used to drink milk at all three males if not in between as well.
Drinks like this are a great source of easy to digest carbs. I like to drink a small glass of organic orange juice or other fruit juice when I serve breakfast in the morning or breakfast for dinner.
You probably hear more about avoiding vegetables on the Pro Metabolic “diet“ but in reality, if you have good digestion you should be able to tolerate some thoroughly cooked vegetables.
It’s the raw vegetables that you should steer away from for the most part. Every once in a while is ok, but since raw veggies (except carrots because it is a root and doesn’t come into contact with as much pesticides) are hard to digest, it might be best not to consume them on a consistent basis.
I ‘m so thankful that Pro Metabolic eating isn’t as complicated as it first seems. Most things we already eat as sides to our meals are probably Pro Metabolic especially if you cook from scratch. You might just need to eat a better quality version of it so that you aren’t trying to digest unwanted chemicals and unnecessary additives.
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