Eating healthy is definitely easier said than done in our fast food, snack-laden country, however, it doesn’t have to be difficult.
While eating healthy isn’t always easy, it doesn’t have to be hard either. If you can incorporate into your diet a variety of fresh foods, including fruits and vegetables, lean meats and low-fat dairy products, you’re eating healthy. Limiting processed foods, high-fat or sugary items and fried foods, is also a good way to eat smart.
Superfoods are those that are known to offer health benefits, so they are a good place to start in the quest to improve your diet. Although lists vary, here are 10 superfoods recommended by Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD, of the American Council on Exercise, who loves these also because they are without preservatives, saturated and trans fat and sodium.
Eating Healthy Options
- Almonds – lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and raise HDL (good cholesterol)
- Blueberries – rich in antioxidants, they can help limit cognitive decline
- Eggs – high in protein and omega 3 fatty acids to help in brain development
- Spinach – loaded with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin K, which helps with cardiovascular and bone health
- Salmon – great source of omega 3 fatty acids which play a role in preventing heart disease
- Dark Chocolate – yes, you read that right – with plenty of flavonoids, this sweet treat can favorably impact heart health and lower blood pressure
- Oranges – easy to carry with you as a snack, oranges are chock full of vitamins and minerals
- Lentils – low in calories and high in protein, fiber and iron; can keep your blood vessels healthy
- Oatmeal – fiber can help remove bad cholesterol from the bloodstream and clean out the gastrointestinal tract
- Sweet Potatoes – another fiber powerhouse with vitamins A and C, which can help with skin elasticity and protect against the signs of aging
While lots of foods have health benefits, incorporating these superfoods helps increase your nutrient intake and makes eating healthy delicious as well!