A healthy, well balanced diet can be difficult to maintain while living a busy life.
Good tasting, healthy food can provide long term health benefits, and help your body to grow strong and healthy! When the body is nutrient deficient, energy decreases and the immune system is more susceptible to illness. Among other things that nutrient rich food provides, the overall effect of eating clean is feeling better and stronger.
Check out this list of “superfoods” that’ll improve your positively affect your health!
Dark Leafy Greens
Dark Leafy Greens contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. For example, folate, zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C, and fiber. These nutrients decrease the risk of Heart Disease and Type II Diabetes, and include high levels of anti inflammatory compounds known as carotenoids, which may protect against cancer.
Common dark leafy greens include spinach, kale, arugula, collard greens, etc. If you don’t want to eat raw dark leafy greens (I don’t blame you!) an easy way to pack these nutrients in could be fixing a salad, making a smoothie, or add them into a soup!
Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. It is also very rich in protein, which helps your body heal faster, strengthens your bones, and maintains muscle mass. However, it is important not to over consume salmon. A healthy serving is two-three times a week. If you don’t like the taste of salmon, try looking up recipes for different glazes, this can totally change the taste, but also give you the protein your body needs!
Ginger is typically used as a spice or flavor additive. The source of these healing properties is found in rhizome – the underground root of the ginger stem. Ginger is also used as a homeopathic medicine. It carries high antioxidant properties, and can help with nausea, muscle pain, reduce menstrual pains, and lower cholesterol. Many grocery stores and supermarkets will carry anywhere from one-three fluid ounces of ginger mixed with other healthy ingredients to pack all those super powers into one little drink!
Avocados are a fruit full of nutrients. In a single serving of avocado, you will find vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, and more potassium than a banana. Avocados are also filled with healthy kinds of fat. Monounsaturated fats are beneficial to your heart and overall health. Get creative with avocados – they work well with toast, eggs, and as plain guacamole!
If these food items haven’t been regularly in your diet, try out incorporating one at a time and see what works for you.
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