We all want to cultivate healthier eating habits, right? I mean, no-one really sets out to sabotage their health by eating food we shouldn't be, so why is it so difficult to eat well? Mostly because we think healthful, nutritious foods are bland and boring. Not true! Here’s a list of the most delicious foods, and all of them are good for you!
Perhaps the world’s most perfect food, and it’s delicious, too! Bananas make a great sweet treat, and are very nutritious. They’re high in vitamin c, fiber, vitamin B6, and potassium (which you need to build and maintain muscles). They’re easy to eat, too, because you can add them to just about anything, like cereal, yogurt, granola, smoothies, and even salsa!
They’re loaded with anti-oxidants and vitamins, and make ideal sweet treats, especially in the summer. There are so many yummy varieties, too — blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries. All of them are so good for you, and so tasty, too!
If you love dairy, you’re probably wondering why I’ve included yogurt. It’s good for you! It’s loaded with calcium and vitamins A and D, plus it’s got probiotics for helping regulate your digestive tract! Low-fat yogurt, which is made with 2% milk, makes it a healthy, tasty food!
Is there a better autumn-time treat than a rich, juicy pomegranate? They’re not only delicious, they’re so very good for you! Pomegranates have three times more antioxidants than red wine or green tea, and they taste so good! They also help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol, which in turn helps your heart! Scientists have also shown that they prevent certain types of cancer, and can treat the inflammation from arthritis. It’s like a miracle food, and it’s so good!
5 Citrus Fruits
Ask your mother, and she’ll tell you about a horrible grape-fruit diet she tried when she was a teenager. But before you ditch the citrus fruits, remember they’re delicious, and healthful! They’re loaded with vitamin C and fiber, and folic acid! And there are so many tasty varieties, from the navel orange, to the tiny, sweet Clementine, to the tart and tangy pink or ruby-red grapefruit. A perfect way to start the day!
I love a nice, cold cucumber in the summer. They’re delicious and refreshing and are also very good for you! It can help with everything from liver and pancreatic disease, and is the best natural diuretic (they promote the flow and secretion of urine, which is very important!). They’re also rich in vitamin A and in potassium, and even calcium!
If you have a sweet tooth, then you probably love honey. But did you know it’s full of fantastic antioxidants, and can help with digestion. It’s also great for treating lots of skin conditions, like getting rid of acne and even healing wounds. It soothes sore throats, quiet coughs, and may even help with insomnia. But best of all, it’s the sweetest treat you can imagine!
Try this on a hot summer day: rinse a few grapes, put them in the freezer for half an hour, and eat them. So delicious and refreshing! But did you know grapes are a wonder food, too? Red or black grapes contain free radical-busting antioxidants. There are so many varieties, available throughout the year, you’re sure to find a grape that you love!
9 Peanut Butter
For years, people thought of peanut butter as an indulgent snack, reserving it for children’s sandwiches and the occasional treat. But recent studies have shown that eating peanuts, including peanut butter, can decrease your risk of heart disease by helping to lower your LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol. And because peanut butter is high in protein, a peanut-buttery snack will help you feel fuller, longer… so it’s a dieter’s dream, too!
Yes, chocolate can be good for you, too! It’s a powerful antioxidant and has been found to lower stress levels. Dark chocolate is best, and it’s not as fattening as we once thought. Be careful, though! Look for a dark chocolate that doesn’t also have marshmallow-caramel-chewy-gooey topping or filling!
So many yummy foods, so little time, and all of them are good for you! Which of these do you like best? What’s your favorite healthy, delicious treat? Please let me know… I’m always excited to try something new!
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