Swapping out processed foods for healthy, nutritious food can be a challenge. Making the change takes dedication, motivation & time. Don’t give up, though! You can RETRAIN yourself to crave foods that nourish your body and give you real energy—often you can even eat larger portions because they’re lower in calories. (Check this out to SEE what 200 calories looks like.)
And remember, the food pyramid isn’t necessarily the best thing to follow for a healthy diet (Click here for our explanation). Here are 12 top foods to add to your daily diet for better health:
ALMONDS are full of monounsaturated fatty acids & plant fibers that help control & lower cholesterol levels & maintain blood vessel help. They’re also good for brain development, bones, the immune system and an anti-inflammatory for your skin.
APPLES are high in fiber, good for respiratory issues, and are also an anti-inflammatory. They’re a great source of pectin, which lowers cholesterol. (And they keep the doctor away.)
BLACK BEANS are another high-fiber choice. They help regulate the digestive tract, which in turn helps regulate blood sugar. They’re great for your heart, are full of flavanoids & antioxidants, which help fight cancer, and have vitamin B6 & folate which helps the nervous system!
BLUEBERRIES are chalked-full of antioxidants, which help your body get rid of free radicals. They can help prevent cancer, heart diseases & help bolster your immune system!
BROCCOLI is loaded with vitamin C and beta-carotene. It is low in calories, and high in nutrients, so you can eat large portions of broccoli to feel fuller while not over-indulging! It’s also full of vitamin K, which helps blood clot properly.
CRANBERRIES are one of the best natural urinary tract infection preventers out there. They’re a natural diuretic—and help remove bacteria from the urinary tract. Research also shows they can help reduce plaque buildup on teeth! However, it’s important to remember that cranberry juice is typically high in sugar, so double check the nutritional information before you drink!
DARK CHOCOLATE should be in everyone’s pantry, really. It helps with blood flow, managing cholesterol, and can protect you from heart disease! In moderation, it can also help improve insulin sensitivity, and reduce the chances of diabetes!
EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL is high in vitamin E, which helps your skin & hair look & feel great—and can help your skin heal faster when it’s injured. It has a soothing effect on ulcers and gastritis, and help promote pancreatic health. It’s another great antioxidant & promoter of heart health.
GARLIC is super for cholesterol levels, particularly lowering bad cholesterol. It’s known to help lower blood pressure (something we could all use after 50!) and help reduce the odds of digestive tract cancers.
SPINACH is full of iron, calcium, antioxidants, and folate. There is a long list health benefits for spinach, but our favorite is that it’s good for breakfast, lunch & dinner.
QUINOA is a complete protein, with all 9 essential amino acids (and is actually an herb!). It is filling & satisfying like meats, but without the fats & cholesterols. It’s high in vitamin B—which helps neurological function!
RED BEETS are rich in a plethora of vitamins & nutrients that make them an amazing natural anti-inflammatory, and are an excellent source of folate, vitamins C & B6, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc & riboflavin. It’s a pretty complete nutrient package!
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