Did you know that the best diets have lots of fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, seeds, and low-fat dairy, and less salt, white flour, and beef. What to choose? Where to begin?
Here are the 10 healthiest foods—the types of foods you can consume regularly because they’re more proper for your health and they’re tasty too!
• Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are loaded with carotenoids and are a great source of fiber and potassium. Try toss sweet potato wedges with a bit of olive oil and roast until tender and lightly browned. Sprinkle with a spice, such as cinnamon or chili.
Did you know that a cup of mango supplies 100% of a day’s vitamin C? One-third of a day’s vitamin A, a decent dose of blood-pressure-lowering potassium, and 3 grams of fiber. Bonus: they’re irresistible!
It’s loaded with vitamin C, carotenoids, vitamin K, and folate. Steam till it’s bright green and tender. Add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and a spritz of lemon juice.
• Wild Salmon
Fatty seafood like salmon, which is rich in omega-3 fats, may help decrease the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Tip: keep a few bags of salmon in your pantry.
• Fat-free Greek Yogurt
Fat-free (0%) unsweetened greek yogurt has a nice tartness that’s an ideal contrast for the natural sweetness of berries, bananas, or your favorite whole-grain cereal. It’s strained, so even the 0% fat versions are thick and creamy.
Whether it’s fast, old-shaped, or steel-cut, oatmeal makes a good whole-grain breakfast. Each ½ cup (dry) of plain rolled oats has 4 grams of fiber, and about half is the soluble kind that helps decrease cholesterol. Top your made oatmeal with toasted almonds and bananas rather than sugar or salt. Or try a diced apple with cinnamon and raisins or diced pear with walnuts.
Watermelon is a real heavyweight in the nutrient world! A regular serving (about 2 cups) has one-third of a day’s vitamins A and C, a nice shot of potassium, and a great dose of lycopene for only 90 fat-free, salt-free calories.