Whether your goal is to lose weight or just eat healthier, here are some foods that should make it into your shopping cart.
The supermarket is filled with choices – some good for you, some not-so-good. So how do you know which foods should make it into your cart and which you’re better off leaving on the shelves?
Here are 10 top picks when it comes to focusing on your health, in no particular order. As an added bonus, they may also help you lose or maintain weight when eaten in moderation and as part of a balanced diet.
- Tomatoes: Full of lycopene, a nutrient that is linked to better heart health and helps lower cholesterol.
- Dark chocolate: Flavonols in dark chocolate may reduce the risk of blood clots and lower blood pressure and inflammation. Choose chocolate with at least 70% cocoa.
- Bananas: High in potassium, which helps keep muscular and digestive systems humming. Since they’re also high in fiber, bananas can keep you feeling fuller longer.
- Blueberries: Ripe with antioxidants, namely vitamins C and E and carotenoids, which help protect cells against destructive free radicals.
- Broccoli: Contains vitamins K and C, two bone-building nutrients. Also high in fiber.
- Avocado: Chock full of omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy fat, as well as fiber and folate, which may reduce heart disease risk.
- Spinach: Features an all-star lineup of nutrients, including calcium, vitamin A and iron. Perhaps the most notable for pregnant women is folate, which helps prevent birth defects.
- Oatmeal: Not only high in fiber, but also beta-glucan, which lowers LDL cholesterol.
- Beans: An inexpensive source of protein. Beans also contain antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and soluble fiber, which helps control cholesterol levels.
- Salmon: Rich in omega-3s, which have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, depression and cancer.
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