Eating healthy is a good thing. We love those superfoods that give us an extra edge in feeling good and losing fat. Here’s a top 10 list that will help anyone achieve a healthier diet and better health.
|Beans are high in fiber, protein and high-glycemic carbs, meaning they stabilize blood sugar. They’re also rich in antioxidants, helping to lower your cholesterol and fight heart disease.
They keep constipation away give your body a good supply of folate, calcium, iron and zinc.
|Soy is considered the gem of plant foods. It contains a complete protein, which means all essential amino acids are found within it.
It’s versatile and blends well in whatever you’re cooking, from a latte to a stew.
|At only 197 calories per serving, Salmon is your best source of DHA and EPA Omega-3 fatty acids (giving you shiny hair, bright eyes and healthy skin), protein, very low saturated fat, vitamins and minerals.
While lowering your bad cholesterol, salmon raises your good cholesterol simultaneously. A mere four ounces of salmon gives you more than half the FDA’s recommended amount of protein at 30 grams and a full day supply of Vitamin D. It also provied niacin, selenium and more than half of the B12 you need every day. Salmon is just a great choice for dinner. It fights disease, grills up nicely and tastes great.
|Sweet potatoes should be on your “favorite snacks” list. They give pregnant women essential vitamins, provide a great source of Vitamin C, folate and fiber. A mere four ounces of sweet potato will give you 390% daily value of Vitamin A.
Most would be surprised to learn that the sweet potato is not even of the same species as a yam, which it is commonly mistaken as. It’s actually considered a flowering perennial vine (think morning glories). Sweet potatoes are an always welcome treat to spice up an otherwise dull dinner.
|Did you know that three servings of healthy grains constitutes a healthy diet and popcorn counts as one of those servings? Unfortunately, the buttery popcorn variety won’t fill the bill but a healthy air-popped corn is a whole grain with both protein and fiber.
Whole grains are a superb source of low-glycemic carbohydrates and an essential part of a healthy diet. Whole grains are unrefined grains. The bran and germ are still intact (unlike non-whole grains in many foods) and haven’t been taken away by a process known as milling. Brown rice is an excellent source of whole grain foods.
|Dark leafy vegetables are simply the best food you can eat on a regular basis to help improve your health. They’re low-glycemic and chocked full of vitamins and nutrients. Rich in fiber, they fill you up faster and control your hunger. Leafy greens are also a great source of folate. Folate not only reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease and memory loss, it contributes to the production of serotonin. This means that simply eating your greens can stave off depression and improve mood.
Kale, spinach and turnip greens top the list for healthy green vegetables.
|Lean Meat is an excellent source of high-quality protein. It’s rich in choline, which is an essential nutrient needed for health promotion and prevention of disease. Stick with meats that are 10% fat or less to ensure they’re lean.
Worried that eating meat might contribute to a high fat diet and too much cholesterol? This government study sets the facts straight with proven research that indicates a diet including lean meat trimmed of fat (and who doesn’t cut the fat off their steak?) will contribute to neither. Enjoy that steak dinner.
|Walnuts are a great snack that contain a wealth of nutrients. Just a handful a day is proven to lower your cholesterol levels. They’re also one of the richest sources of plant-based omega-3s, containing more than any other nut on the planet Earth.
Looking for a great “on the run” snack? Grab a handful of walnuts on your way out and enjoy the tasty benefits.
|For improved heart health and bone health, you can’t go wrong with Greek yogurt. A 6 oz. serving of Greek yogurt has no fat or cholesterol and it’s high in calcium. It’s a great diet food, as it’s high on the satiety index so you feel fuller with every spoonful than other foods.
Trying to maintain muscle? Greek yogurt is also 30% protein. It’s a guilt-free treat that helps your health in a variety of different ways.
|The egg is a misunderstood powerhouse of nature. It too often gets a bad rap for contributing to higher cholesterol levels. Experts agree that the benefits eggs provide far outweigh the low amounts of cholesterol they contain.
Eggs are a rich source of Choline and Vitamin K, which helps to fend off blood clotting. They’re high in many vitamins, minerals and protein and a great food for starving college students, as they’re inexpensive. Separate those yolks and egg whites provide of the highest quality proteins you’ll find in nature.