The right way to stay healthy is to eat healthy! And in case you had some doubts, eating healthy does not necessarily mean you following a strict diet plan and eating less. Although not good choices, foods like cupcakes, pizza, and other treats do not need to be cut out completely.
Instead, add these superfoods into your diet daily to prevent disease, control your weight, and maintain overall health.
This buttery green fruit is among the most protein-rich of fresh fruits and also contains high amounts of fatty acids, vitamins E and B6, iron, fiber, and antioxidants. Although avocado is rich in fat content, it curiously lowers blood cholesterol levels and also protects against cancer. Due to its high-calorie content, it is also a great food for gaining weight.
Eat this: Avocados combine very well with all types of salads. They can also be spread on bread as an effective substitute for butter or margarine.
Oats are the most nutrient-rich of any grain; high in phosphorus, iron, and vitamin B1. Oats are loaded with carbohydrates, but the release of the sugars is slowed by the fiber they contain, and as such oats provide energy for several hours. They are also known for reducing cholesterol in the blood.
Eat this: Prepare oatmeal or oat porridge using milk or water. Serve with honey or fruits such as banana or strawberry.
Remember Popeye? That cartoon sailor who ate spinach for great strength? Turns out he was right eating so much spinach. Although it doesn’t contain many calories, it makes up for this with its high protein content. It is also very rich in vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin A to protect the retina and folic acid.
Eat this: Use spinach to make your salads. You can also blend it into a smoothie or add it to your scrambled eggs.
Blueberries are best known for their antioxidant properties. They are a good source of vitamins A and C as well as fiber. They protect the brain from oxidative stress thus preventing age-related diseases and are also highly recommended for the prevention of cancer, diabetes, and hypertension.
Eat this: Blueberries can be eaten fresh with milk or yogurt as breakfast. They can also be added to fruit salads or desserts.
Fresh tomatoes contain a great deal of water as well as vitamin C, thus making them highly effective against scurvy. Tomatoes also decrease the risk of you contracting certain types of cancer, particularly that of the prostrate. Most notable among its minerals are potassium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Eat this: Tomatoes are a great addition to vegetable salads. You can also opt to drink tomato juice.