Tackling healthy eating isn’t easy. There is so much information and misinformation. If you want to get it right, here are 10 foods you should be eating.
Green tea has been part of the Chinese and Japanese cultures for millennia.
It is a great way to hydrate while ingesting a significant amount of antioxidants and other compounds that help you prevent illness.
Almonds are a great complement to your diet. They are full of healthy fats that protect your heart by lowering you LDL cholesterol.
They are an important source of vitamin E, a potent antioxidant and activity regulator. Almonds also contain B vitamins, fiber and essential minerals.
Filled with micronutrients, blueberries are a clear source of manganese, vitamin C, vitamin K and fiber.
Vitamin K is essential to absorb calcium and for blood coagulation.
They are also help with inflammation and studies are starting to show some relation between eating blueberries and lower risk of certain cancers.
All bell peppers are a rich source of antioxidants and vitamin C. Red peppers, however, have the most amount. For example, red peppers have twice the amount of vitamin C that green peppers do.
Some of these antioxidants have been linked to stomach cancer prevention. Lycopene, present in red peppers, early studies are showing a link between its consumption and a lowered prostate cancer risk.
Yogurt is an important source of calcium. It can also help inflamed digestive tracts while boosting your immune system.
Some yogurts, like Greek yogurt, have less sugar and more protein. Check the labels to choose the best one for you.
There is good fat and bad fat. Some oils you should avoid and others are essential. Avocado has the best of both worlds.
It gives you the good fat, which helps lower your bad cholesterol levels, while giving you essential oils that help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
They are filling and add an original twist to any salad.
Quinoa is essential in any vegetarian or vegan diet and an important part of an omnivore diet.
Quinoa is made up of plant-based protein. It contains more fiber and double the amount of protein that brown rice does.
The United Nations declared the year 2013, International Year of the Quinoa and it is considered a ‘superfood’.
Apples are a known source of antioxidants. Most of these, however, are on the peel. If you want to take advantage of this tasty fruit, don’t waste your time peeling it!
They stimulate your immunity system and the fiber they contain helps your digestion along.
They also help you feel full for longer, so if you are looking to lose weight, apples are a great snack.
Dark greens need to be a part of your diet. Spinach, like most of them, is an important source of beta-carotene. It protects your heart and helps your immune system fight some cancers.
It gives you vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, folate and iron. They prevent age-related macular degeneration and help you regenerate, while regulating blood sugar levels.
Eggs are high in protein, keeping your blood sugar levels in check. Protein is essential in the building of muscle tissue.
They are also a great substitute for carbohydrates (especially for breakfast). Some studies have shown that those who are on a diet and replace carbohydrates for eggs lose more weight.
The yalk, the yellow part of the egg, can contain bad cholesterol. If you have high cholesterol, check with your doctor to see how many you can eat per week.