Healthy Foods to Add to Your Plate Today
Trying to sort through the overwhelming amount of healthy eating advice out there can leave you feeling frustrated and confused…and possibly just reaching for any old thing to satisfy your hunger. Although the experts can’t seem to agree on the best diets to stick to (go Mediterranean! Avoid Atkins!), which foods to avoid (Eat eggs! Don’t eat eggs!), there does seem to be an agreement on foods that you can add to your diet that are good for you and provide health benefits such as disease prevention, reducing the signs of aging, or giving your body a good dose of nutrients and antioxidants. Pile these foods on your plate today for a longer, healthier life!
Berries. It’s the perfect time of year to indulge in the berry harvest. These little nutrition superstars, such as blueberries, blackberries, cherries, strawberries and raspberries, are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber. They can satisfy your sweet tooth without added sugar or added ingredients, too.
Avocadoes. You may only hear about avocadoes being high in fat, but don’t let that deter you from enjoying a snack made with these little gems, because they are full of healthy fats. Avocadoes also help your body hold on to the nutrients it takes in, so pairing them with other healthy choices really packs a nutritional punch.
Greek Yogurt. Once this yogurt burst onto the nutrition scene, there was no going back. It’s packed with protein, but light on the sugar. Plus, it has healthy “probiotics” that can help boost your immune system. People who are lactose intolerant will appreciate that it has low levels of lactose so you can enjoy it without worry.
Cinnamon. This spice makes food taste so delicious; you may forget that cinnamon itself offers a host of health benefits. Eating a little bit every day can help your body keep blood sugar in check. Also, cinnamon can help suppress your appetite, so try adding a little to your meals where appropriate if you are losing or trying to maintain your weight.
Nuts. They have a mixed reputation because they contain fat, but this is one of those cases where the good outweighs the bad. Almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews…no matter which variety is your favorite, enjoying a handful as a snack gives your body necessary antioxidants, vitamins and protein. Plus, nuts help you feel full, so you won’t be reaching for another snack when your stomach starts rumbling.