16 Healthiest Foods Ever

When it comes to our health, I’d like to think that we all make a conscious effort each day to make the healthiest choices we can to incorporate into our daily diet {minus the occasional sweet treat of course!} But it feels like every week there is a new trending diet or crazy fad going on! I thought I’d take a moment to clear things up and narrow choices down with the 16 Healthiest Foods Ever + why they’re good for us:

Apricots: Glucose is your bran’s fuel of choice. Natural sugars in apricots boost blood-glucose levels, which sag while you get your z’s. You also get a healthy dose of the iron that’s essential for transporting oxygen to your gray matter and muscles.

Avocados: Besides being an excellent source of healthy fat, these creamy green fruits (yes, fruits) can stress-proof your body. They’re rich in glutathione, a substance that blocks intestinal absorption of certain fats that cause oxidative damage (the process that creates free radicals, the harmful compounds responsible for aging). Avocados also contain more folate than any other fruit. Try to stick to a single serving (about one-quarter of an avocado). Thinly sliced, it can go a long way on salads or replace mayo on sandwiches or burgers.

Raspberries: Raspberries are a great source of ellagic acid, a potent killer of cancer cells in lab tests (though that power has not been proven in clinical trials). Raspberries also have more fiber than any berry and most fruits, for that matter.

Cantaloupe: Cantaloupe contains Vitamin A from a beta-carotene source. This antioxidant boosts immune systems, improves vision, cuts risk of heart disease, and may slow skin aging. Sliced cantaloupe is a great snack alternative.

Cranberry Juice: The antioxidants in cranberry juice protects against urinary tract infections, tooth decay, and E. coli bacteria.

Raisins: raisins contain polyphenolic phytonutrients which have anti-oxidant properties which are very good for ocular health, as they protect the eyes from damage caused by free radicals (oxidants), such as age related weakening of vision, cataract etc. Raisins also contain a good amount of Vitamin A,  A-Beta, Carotene + A-Carotenoid, all of which are essential for a good ocular health.

Tomato: Fiber + a high volume of water ensure that tomatoes fill you up for few calories. They’re also loaded with lycopene, and researchers have found that the higher the level of this antioxidant in people’s blood, the lower their level of heart disease + other chronic illnesses. Plus, tomatoes increase in nutritional power when cooked, so saute or roast them, make sauce, or blend up tomato soup – on a low energy day, it’s a true comfort food!

Lemons + Limes: lemons are packs with Vitamin C, B phosphorous, + proteins. Lemons also contain flavonoid, a composite that holds antioxidant & anti-cancer properties. Limes help cure properties of arthritis, prostate & colon cancer, heart diseases + high fever.

Onions: onions are an excellent source of Vitamin C, B6, biotin, chromium, calcium + dietary fibre. Onions also contain good amounts of folic acid + Vitamin B1 & K.

Ginger: ginger nixes nausea + has been long used as a natural treatment for colds + flus. Ginger can also be helpful in the case of stomach flus or food poisoning {who knew!?}

Broccoli: Great source of Vitamin C, protecting your DNA while helping your body use vitamin E more efficiently. Research has shown that C has talent for protecting blood vessels + reducing the risk of heart disease + stroke.

Spinach: Spinach benefits include that it’s nearly carlorie-free, yet exploding with calcium + magnesium; fiber; beta-carotene. Fights against cancer, heart disease, stroke, obesity + osteoporosis. Loaded with Vitamin K, which enables certain bone forming proteins to do their job.

Garlic: garlic boosts immunity + is a powerful natural antibiotic!

Peanuts: Build muscle, reduces cravings – fights obesity, heart disease, muscle loss, wrinkles, cancer, + high blood pressure.

Yogurt: yogurt has many health benefits, such as being high in calcium, protein, + containing probiotics, giving your immune system a boost (foods containing healthy bugs). Yogurt is one of the best, easiest, + cheapest ways to build a healthy body + immune system.

Salmon: Fatty fish like salmon, tuna + sardines are loaded with hunger-quashing omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy fats help trigger the rapid transfer of “I’m full” signals to your brain. A 3.5 ounce serving of salmon nets you 90% of your recommended daily value of Vitamin D.

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