Where did the myth come from that healthy foods taste bad? With so many great chefs out there preparing food that is healthy and delicious, it almost feels as if that statement is a dessert industry ploy to get people to eat more cake. All joking aside, it is true that fatty foods do taste better and they provide more satisfaction to our taste buds, but healthy foods can have the same effect. There are several delicious foods you should eat regularly that will satisfy your taste buds and help you stay healthy for years to come.
Kefir or Yogurt
Kefir is a healthy, fermented food similar to drinkable yogurt that it’s very high in probiotics. This product is traditionally made from dairy milk, but plenty of non-dairy options are available. Studies have shown that it helps boosts your immune system, aids your digestive system, improves bone health, and may even combat cancer.
If kefir is not for you, have can have yogurt instead. Yogurt is good for you too. The probiotics in yogurt help kill bad bacteria in your digestive tract and in your body, helping you stay healthy and have great digestion. Greek yogurts are the best kinds of yogurts for probiotics.
Another food you should eat often is blueberries. Add blueberries to your yogurt or kefir to jazz it up with a sweet flavor. Blueberries contain antioxidants and resveratrol, which are powerhouses against cancer.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene. Lycopene helps fight cancers and other diseases. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that prevents cells from getting damaged or changing. Lycopene is what gives fruits and vegetables their red color. Interestingly enough, you get more benefits from tomatoes when they are cooked. You can find lycopene in tomato sauces, homemade tomato soup, and ketchup.
You can make your tomato dishes more powerful by adding carrots. Carrots are also one of those foods you could put in your food every day. Carrots are high in Vitamin A, which is good for your eye health. If you can work carrots into your tomato soup or salad, that would be a big health plus.
Another food you should eat regularly is oatmeal. This is one of those breakfast staples that not only satiate you but give you energy for when you are about to work out. Oatmeal also helps reduce bad cholesterol, making it a health benefit for your heart health and your blood pressure.
Eating oatmeal on a consistent basis is also healthy for your digestive system helping you to stay regular. You can make that oatmeal even healthier by adding nuts. Walnuts and almonds are also superfoods. They are high in healthy fats, antioxidants, and have a lot of vitamin E – great for eye health. So throw some nuts into your oatmeal and you will be doing your body a huge service by providing it with a lot of antioxidant power.
Spinach and other Leafy Greens
Another food you should eat regularly is spinach. It is high in iron, magnesium, vitamin E, lutein, and zeaxanthin. It helps support the immune system, brings oxygen to all parts of your body, and helps your muscles grow and develop.
Spinach as a side dish to your meal or mixing it in with eggs in the morning is a huge bonus to your overall health. Spinach is also great as a base for a salad, and that gives you the opportunity to mix other superfoods into one meal. Black beans are a superfood that you can add to your salad that will provide you with antioxidants, fiber, protein, and carbs that will help you reduce health risks like heart disease, cancer, and high blood pressure. The greatest part of black beans is that they help you burn calories faster.
Now that you know what foods you should eat regularly, you can keep your body healthy while enjoying delicious flavors in your meals. Besides eating healthy foods, don’t forget to try to make food more bioavailable to get more nutrients out of them.
To a Healthier Fitter You,
The Fitness Wellness Mentor