As dietitians, we frequently get the question, “what should I eat?” And while we always want to personalize our answers based on food preferences, wellness goals, and health history, with the sheer amount of nutrition information (and misinformation) out in the world, we understand why people ask!
Up until now, our Baze recommendations have centered on personalized supplements based on your blood nutrient levels. We will, of course, continue to provide these recommendations as they’re a necessity for many of us to fully meet our nutrient needs.
Now, we’re going a layer deeper to the biggest player in the world of micronutrient deficiencies—food—so we can get at the foundational question, “what should I eat?”
Introducing the Baze Food Guide
The Baze Food Guide was designed by dietitians with this common question in mind. Now you can see which brands and foods we frequently recommend (and enjoy ourselves!) and easily filter by the nutrients you know you need more of according to your Baze test results.
Our interactive, RD-curated, and award-winning guide is the first large step we’re taking in providing you with personalized and nutrient-dense foods that will work in tandem with your daily supplements to elevate your wellness and optimize your nutrient levels.
5 ways the Food Guide will help you figure out what to eat for YOUR needs
1. Curated by your team of dietitians
We, the Baze dietitians, led the vision and execution of the Food Guide. We’re experts in scouring Nutrition Fact panels and ingredient lists and decoding what it all means. We also have extensive experience in counseling clients and deeply understand the common questions, concerns, and values people have when it comes to choosing what to eat.
We don’t take any of that lightly, which is why we are the sole curators of what meals and foods make it into the guide. Now, you don’t have to spend hours doing a thorough read of the ingredient list, googling terms, figuring out the nutrition label, and getting frustrated with the sheer amount of options on the shelf—you’ve got a trusted source who’s done it for you.
2. Handpicked with strict criteria
You’ll find dozens of items in the Food Guide, all of which have met strict criteria we laid out ahead of time. For example, all items have to contain at least 10% of the Daily Value for the micronutrient it’s high in so you get the most (nutrient) bang for your buck. We also make a conscious effort to highlight products from minority-owned (female, BIPOC, LGBTQ+) and/or small businesses. (Click here to submit your favorite brands for review.)
All to say, you can trust that every item listed is one we would personally eat (and take great joy in doing so!) and recommend to our clients.
3. Personalized to your micronutrient needs
Did we mention the micronutrient filters? The Food Guide allows you to filter food options by nutrient. This means you can look at your Baze results, see what nutrients you need more of, and then filter and find foods to match your needs.
Whether it’s a new plant-based milk to increase your vitamin D intake or trying out new recipes with canned salmon, you will have plenty of options to help build your nutrient foundation.
4. In just a few clicks, items can be delivered right to your door
Behavior change science shows us time and time again that sustainable healthy changes are ones that are simple, convenient, and fit into your existing lifestyle. That’s the reason we got started in delivering nutrient tests and supplements in pre-dosed packs right to your doorstep and now we’re doing it with food.
We’ve partnered with e-commerce food brands and Amazon to make it happen. Simply click on the food you want to add to your routine and you’ll be taken to the brand’s website or their Amazon storefront for easy ordering.
5. It’s a part of your micronutrient one-stop-shop
The importance of micronutrition is clear: growth and development2, energy production3, blood clotting4, immunity5, and cognitive function6 to name a few. Until now, there hasn’t been a way to holistically assess your micronutrient status, understand what it means, and have a well-rounded solution for making changes and measuring the impact.
With the addition of the Food Guide, we’re combining all of these facets so you don’t have to hop around from service to service to piecemeal your micronutrition—it’s all right here with Baze.
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