There are so many products, procedures and inventions out there today that promise younger skin, shinier hair, a thinner waist or increased energy. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the latest health trend and spend your precious pennies on cleverly marketed merchandise.
Before jumping on the bandwagon of the newest fad, first try bringing it back to basics. There are plenty all natural foods that provide all the health benefits (and more) as those unnatural beauty remedies, lotions and potions.
Keep it simple and start incorporating these foods into your daily diet. You’re sure to see and feel positive results!
1) Give your meals a California Twist by adding avocado to as many salads, sandwiches, wraps and apps as you can! Southern California, Mexico and South America are famous for using this rich and creamy fruit in different forms as often as possible. Why? Because avocados are one of the best foods to eat in order to obtain healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids, which decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Avocados also contain 25% of the recommended vitamin K intake, which fights osteoporosis by maintaining bone strength. In addition, avocados also contain high levels of vitamins A, B and E as well as fiber and potassium.
Make your own homemade guacamole using avocado, lime, cilantro and tomato, or spread onto your sandwich to replace unhealthy condiments such as mayonnaise or ranch dressing.
2) Almonds are the perfect snack to reach for if you’re in need of a quick energy boost. They’re filled with protein and fiber, which provides the power you need for that after work gym session. Munching these magnesium-rich nuts between lunch and dinner also helps your body to convert sugar into energy, allowing you to finish your day alert and focused.
3) Often overlooked when discussing the topic of heart healthy foods are lentils. Most popular as a low-fat protein (as opposed to red meat), lentils are also high in fiber, potassium, iron and zinc. These components assist us by increasing melatonin levels, energy levels and stabilizing blood sugar levels.
Part of the legume family, these versatile morsels can be snuck into a variety of meals. Lentils can be cooked and added to green salads, or can be the staple in a lentil salad. They can be slowed cooked to make a filling and satisfying soup or pureed into a tasty chip and veggie dip. The health benefits are immense no matter how they’re prepared!
4) Unfortunately, a lot of us eat grab-and-go breakfasts that are high in fat and carbohydrates because they’re convenient. Oatmeal is just as convenient, takes only a few minutes to prepare and will set you up to make smart eating choices all day. Whole grain oats are a wholesome and energizing breakfast chock full of protein and (good) carbs that will keep your stomach satisfied longer. It’s also very low in fat and saturated fat so you can feel good about feeling full.
5) Fish, especially salmon, is a fantastic food to indulge in guilt-free! Salmon is often regarded as a “super food” because of its’ reputation for being one of the healthiest and cleanest proteins you can eat. Similar to avocados, salmon also has those omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E which help combat heart disease and cancer. Salmon is densely packed with all sorts of other vitamins such as B12 and vitamin D. Consuming salmon once a week has even been shown to improve joint function and reduce inflammation.
6) Remember what your Mother always told you? Eat your vegetables! She was right. Veggies have always been a good source of vitamins and minerals with zero or very little fat and sugar. If you have to pick just one, opt for broccoli. This stalky, dark green vegetable contains 100% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin K and 200% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin C. Both these vitamins help build bones and keep them strong. It’s also been discovered that broccoli can reduce the risk of getting breast, lung, stomach and colon cancer by half!
7) Creamy, delicious and good for you yogurt protects your stomach and intestines with valuable probiotics. These beneficial bacteria help keep your belly clean and clear as it aids digestion and boosts your immune system.
8) Vibrant colored berries are full of vitamins, minerals and nutritional goodness. The envy of all the berries is no doubt the blueberry. Low calorie blueberries win the MVP award when it comes to packing a punch. These tiny fruits are loaded with anti-oxidants and help fight heart disease, cancer and also work as an anti-inflammatory.
9) Tomatoes are versatile and tasty, which is great news because they also contain nutritional value that trumps many other veggies. Tomatoes are a great addition to salads, sandwiches and sauces, so don’t be shy to experiment in the kitchen. Adding tomatoes to your meals will help you fend off cardiovascular disease since they’re full of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and fiber.
10) Bananas are a great on the go snack because they’re easy to transport (just throw them in your bag) and even better for your body. Weighing in at about 80 calories, bananas are known for their high potassium content, which helps stabilize blood pressure and maintains normal heart function.
Eating heart healthy food is important for a long and happy life. When fresh, clean, nutritional food is taken in, a positive result will be seen on the outside as well. Make it your mission to incorporate these new foods into your diet and enjoy increased energy, loss of weight and overall better health!
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