Eating healthy is much easier than it seems. A lot of people struggle to eat right because they claim they do not know how, that it costs too much, or that they just don’t have enough time. Stop making excuses for not eating healthy and start integrating a nutritious eating habit into your daily routine! The first step in starting the path to eating healthy is to realize what foods are the best for you. Here is a list of the 13 healthiest foods that you can easily integrate into your meals.
Apples are an excellent source of Vitamin C and fiber. Apples can help keep your cholesterol in check while also aiding in iron absorption, not to mention they are quite tasty!
The avocado is a superfood! It has an incredible amount of health benefits including lowering Cholesterol and Triglyceride levels, perpetuating weight loss and sustaining healthy skin and eyes. Trust me on this, just eat more avocados!
#3. Broccoli Sprouts
Similar looking to the alfalfa, the broccoli sprouts are known for their detox abilities. These superfoods can remove toxins from your body and are linked to studies suggesting it may help prevent cancer, heart disease and diabetes among other illnesses.
Blueberries are widely considered one of the healthiest foods you can eat! Blueberries are linked to helping prevent cancer, diabetes, heart disease and may even help your vision. Some people say eating a hearty dose of blueberries on a regular basis will improve your short-term memory and other cognitive abilities.
One lemon contains more than 100% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C. It is a a great way to increase good cholesterol and leads to health bones. Adding lemons to your water or tea can easily increase your overall health.
Grapefruits come in a wide ranger of different colors and no matter which one you choose they are all great foods to improve your health. Grapefruits support weight loss and help improve your energy level all while helping to improve your digestive system.
Walnuts like many other nuts are extremely good for your body. Research suggests that if you can eat a minimum of 7 walnuts a day you can reap some of the following health benefits: Healthier heart, cancer fighter, unique antioxidants, weight control, reproductive support, and brain health among many other benefits.
#8. Flax seeds
Flax seeds may be tiny, but they pack a huge health punch! Much like with walnuts, flax seeds are excellent sources of omega-3s. Flax seeds can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. They can easily be added to your morning cereal, yogurt, salad or oatmeal.
Not entirely a food, Cumin can still be incorporated into your diet and the benefit is tremendous. This common spice can help combat inflammation, support a healthy heart and 1/2 teaspoon has twice as much antioxidants as a carrot.
These little fish are not just for your pizza toppings! Sardines are an incredible source of omega-3 fatty acids. Not to mention they are also packed with calcium, vitamin D, taurine, selenium and so much more! Pop these little guys in your frying pan and you’ll have yourself a healthy and tasty meal in no time.
One of my good friends, Jeremy, is wildly addicted to Beets. I know that’s an odd addiction, but it’s much healthier than some other alternatives I suppose :/ Beets are loaded with vitamins and minerals! Oh and if you are looking for a healthier love life, beets contain a large amount of boron which aides in the production of sexual hormones, so beets are kind of like a natural aphrodisiac.
If you are looking to substitute out your pasta or rice then you should consider eating more squash. Squash is a healthier alternative and leads to better eyes, high protein and can even contribute to better memory. Not to mention I have a stellar “Pasta a la Squash” recipe that is out of this world!
#13. Black Beans
More than likely one of your favorite meals contains some form of red meat (steak, burger, etc.). While red meat in moderation is not bad for you, you can substitute it for a more healthier alternative like black beans. 1 cup of black beans contain 15 grams of protein without any of the saturated fat in red meat.
Did I miss one of your favorite healthy foods? If so, let me know in the comments below!
Remember.. Eating healthy does not have to be a drastic change, start slow and know that by taking a step towards a healthier life you will live longer and happier!
Live well.. and do good!