There is no better way to start having a healthy lifestyle than incorporating healthy foods in your diet. These are not limited to one food category (i.e. vegetable, fruits, etc.) and in this article we will take a look at a diverse mix of healthy foods that are sure to make you feel fresh and strong, while focusing on the different ways you can include them in your diet.
Yes, your mother was right and you should have definitely eaten all of it when she asked. It contains a lot of vitamins and antioxidants plus it has the advantage of taking a lot of space in your stomach, making you feel full. You can bake it in the oven and add some olive oil to make it nice and crisp, slow-cook it in steam which makes it silky or use the fastest method and boil it to soften its flavor and texture. The very definition of healthy food.
The common ones are:
- brown and wild rice
The benefits are… quite numerous actually. This healthy food category contains tons of proteins, minerals, vitamins, fibers and antioxidants. Everything your body needs, in short.
Rice can be included as a side dish for any meal while the other cereals can be incorporated into salads, so you have a lot of options to choose from for your healthy lifestyle.
A very good way to incorporate iron, proteins and omega-3 into your healthy diet is fish. Specifically, salmon, tuna, herring, trout, mackerel and sardines are amongst the popular choices, though you can not really go wrong with any of them.
Fish can be grilled, pan-fried, poached, baked even broiled.
More precisely, hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts. Those are a very good source of plant protein while also containing monosaturated fats that may reduce your risk of developing heart diseases. They can be eaten as a snack, with yoghurt or added over salads.
This healthy food literally shaped our world into what it is today. Potatoes are highly nutritious, can be cooked in many ways and taste amazing.
The mighty potato comes in different healthy food variants, including baked potatoes, potatoes au gratin, roasted, mashed, croquettes, soup, chips, curry and even salad. This versatility and its many health benefits is what made potatoes so popular.
The stars of a generic breakfast in any movie, eggs are also one of the healthies foods on the planet. They are part of any balanced diet being a good source of omega-3, HDL (the ‘good’ cholesterol) and protein. Plus, they are extremely easy and fast to cook.
Avocados are nutrient-dense, containing significant amounts of vitamins C, E, K, copper and potassium. They can easily make it into top 10 of any healthy food list due to those properties plus the delicious taste. They are best known for being used in guacamole, a side dish that can accompany any meal or be served as the main dish.
There are other words that may come to your mind first, when you hear the word ‘fruit’, but lemon deserves a special place on this list due to its versatility. You can benefit from the tons of vitamin C it contains while combining its juice with other healthy foods.
Lemon is used in tons of recipes as a flavor additive. Anything from roasted chicken, pastas, cooked fish, potatoes and beans can benefit from this sour delight.
These healthy foods can easily kickstart your thirst for a healthy diet and help you get in shape. So, which of them do you already include in your day-to-day meals?