We spend a large part of our day just thinking about food! Of course, when it comes to regular meal times, it’s a given; however, most of us look for a snack no matter what time of the day it is! Between work, the kids and maintaining a clean home, all we want is to relax and eat something tasty!
Now, we’ve established that even the smallest bouts of hunger leave us hunting for food, so let’s talk about some healthy foods you could include in your diet. Whether you incorporate them into your meals or eat them as snacks, nutrition experts highly recommend the following foods for a healthy diet. Read on!
There’s a reason why we were made to eat all our veggies as kids; however, as grownups, it’s equally important to include a lot of vegetables in your diet. Here are some of the most recommended veggies to eat.
Not necessarily a crowd-pleaser but definitely a health booster! In both, raw and cooked form, broccoli provides a good amount of vitamin C, vitamin K and fibre, as well as a fair amount of protein.
Some of the properties that a pod of garlic contains includes antioxidants, allicin and a bioactive compound. Particularly when consumed in its raw form, garlic helps to lower cholesterol and blood pressure; reduce the risk of brain disease; and improves the immune system.
Available in a variety of colours (yellow and red being the most common), bell peppers are sweet and loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants. You can easily incorporate these veggies into salads or even eat them as a crunchy snack!
You may not love every fruit you’ve ever tasted but most of us have a list of favourites that we can’t get enough of! That, of course, is a good thing because fruits are incredibly healthy! Substitute those “synthetic” snacks for a fruit and you’ll see some major changes in your skin, immune system and more! The following are some of the best and most health beneficial fruits to eat.
With high amounts of potassium, fibre and vitamin B6, bananas are a highly recommended fruit for daily intake. Especially for people on the go, they’re convenient to carry, easy to eat and help you stay energised!
Snack on an apple between meals and you’ll be treating your body to a dose of fibre, vitamin C and various antioxidants. They keep you sated for longer periods and are available in various types.
We all know that oranges contain high amounts of vitamin C; however, you should be eating more oranges because they are also a great source of antioxidants and fibre. The best time to eat oranges is in the morning or during the day because of their acidic content.
For non-vegetarians, poultry is a big part of a healthy diet for many reasons. Essentially, poultry is a great source of protein and a number of other nutrients. Let’s look at some specific meats that can be included in a healthy diet.
To up your protein intake, lean beef is definitely recommended by nutritionists. What’s more, it is a good source of bioavailable iron and low on calories. There are a number of ways to cook lean beef; you just need to find a couple of methods that satisfy your taste buds!
From omega-3 fatty acids, to calcium and phosphorous; fish is an incredibly healthy type of meat that many vegetarians also include in their diet. Nutritionists recommend eating fish at least twice a week for its multiple health benefits.
A wide variety of nutrients are present in chicken breast, making it a great core ingredient for a wholesome meal. The reason why chicken breast is considered healthy is because it contains less fat than others cuts of chicken.
Most of us can’t imagine breakfast without eggs included in it! They are tasty, versatile and healthy! Here’s what you should know about eggs and their health benefits.
A lot of individuals separate the yolk from the egg white for personal health reasons such as high cholesterol and weight gain (the yolk contains more fat). Egg white is high in protein, vitamin D, B2, B6 and B12. It also contains iron and zinc.
Although egg yolk is advised against for high cholesterol, there are many benefits in their consumption. These include sources of protein, fibre, potassium, calcium and phosphorous.
With legumes, you must soak them overnight (or for a good 6-8 hours) before cooking and consuming them. This measure is taken to dissolve the anti-nutrient properties that hinder digestion. With that out of the way, you have a very inexpensive and excellent source of protein!
Widely consumed for their taste and health benefits, lentils are an excellent plant-based source of protein. They are also high in fibre and can be prepared in many different ways to make a tasty, healthy meal!
You need to cook kidney beans well in order to kill the toxins that are present in their raw form. With that said, don’t let this scare you; kidney beans are incredibly healthy and contain high amounts of fibre, vitamins and minerals.
Also known as ‘green beans’, these unripe beans are very low in calories and high in vitamin C and fibre. They are also a good source of protein and iron.
With so many health problems caused by poor nutrition, eating healthy shouldn’t be a choice, but rather a way of life! For anyone struggling to maintain a wholesome, healthy diet, the foods above are easy to incorporate into meals and will do your body, mind and soul a world of good!