Don’t worry, you can find all these superfoods at your local supermarket. Obviously, eating healthy has many positives for both body and mind. When we eat well, we feel good, and when we feel good, we become much happier and more productive people. This cycle affects your work, your relationships and life in general. So it makes sense to eat the healthiest and reap the benefits.
The ten healthiest foods we have chosen may not be on everyone’s menu list, and you may even think differently. However, these foods contain essential vitamins and minerals that the human body needs to function at its best. Plus, as an added incentive, they all taste good and will be a pleasure to eat.
If it’s good enough for Popeye, it’s good enough for you. Spinach is a nutritious superfood, and thanks to its growing popularity, it is readily available in almost all supermarkets.
Whether it’s fresh, frozen or in even canned form, as our pipe-smoking sailor prefers. Spinach is one of the healthiest food items on the planet, full of energy and low in calories. It is also an excellent source of vitamins A, K and essential folate.
Agree, it may make your breath smell, but trust us, the benefits it provides are fully worth it.
Garlic has been used to fight disease for hundreds of years because it inhibits the growth of bacteria. It also lowers cholesterol, blood pressure and is a powerful anti-inflammatory. So look past the smell, buy a mouthwash and get yourself some garlic.
Lemons are widely known in the health industry as the healthiest food in the world. The sour fruit is an alkaline food; they have strong anti-inflammatory properties and can even help inhibit the growth of cancer cells. They help both the liver and intestines, and have the same amount of vitamin C as oranges.
So when the world gives you lemons, say thank you, add a slice to your water and enjoy.
The purple vegetable is sometimes overlooked when it comes to being one of the healthiest food items. But there are arguments that it can still be a superfood, and we agree.
Beets are good for the brain and can lower blood pressure. Recent health studies even claim that it boosts performance and may even help prevent dementia. This root vegetable is packed with folate, magnesium and vitamin C, so start adding it to your salads from now on.
Yes, you read that right, we’re putting chocolate on our list of healthy foods – there should be chocolates bouncing all over the place. Studies show that chocolate contains more antioxidants, gram per gram, than most fruit juices. The high antioxidant content of dark chocolate (which is equal to or greater than in many superfoods) provides protection against disease-causing free radicals. It can help prevent cancer, improve heart health and is good for your overall cholesterol profile.
Plus it’s a natural mood enhancer, so you’ll be happy when you eat it! Please remember that this doesn’t mean you can eat a full family bar for yourself and feel better. You need to eat in a healthy dosage, one or two squares a day is enough to take advantage without piling on the pounds, and be sure to find a minimally processed bar with at least 70% cocoa content.
They have been a staple in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine for thousands of years. Now, because of their health benefits, they have made their way to the European and American cultutes.
Lentils are high in fiber and protein, and their nutritional benefits include the ability to improve and maintain heart health, promote healthy weight loss, combat blood sugar fluctuations that can lead to diabetes or low energy levels, and improve digestive health. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, chances are you already love lentils and use them as a meat substitute in your recipes. If you’ve never had them, trust us, add them to a salad, soup or stew and enjoy their benefits.
The most consumed berry in the world, raspberries are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C and iron. Studies have shown that increasing their consumption reduces the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion, increased energy and overall weight loss. So next time you’re in the fruit aisle, don’t forget to put some raspberries in your basket.
As for nuts, it’s a mixed bag (pause for a laugh), some are very good for you and some are not. Walnuts contain more antioxidants than any other nut, they are also rich in vitamin E, serum plana, omega 3 oils and healthy fats. Studies show that walnuts are as effective as olive oil in reducing inflammation and oxidation in the arteries after a fatty meal.
Most of our healthy foods have to be eaten in moderation because there are too many foods that don’t taste good. It is recommended to eat about 8 walnuts a day for a positive effect.
This fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which has been linked to a reduced risk of depression, heart disease and cancer. A serving of 3 ounces will contain almost 50% of your daily dose of niacin, which can protect the body from Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss, so it is known as brain food. It is high in protein, vitamins and minerals like potassium, selenium and vitamin B12.
Avocados can divide people; they are the marmite of the fruit world. So what if we told you that eating it once or twice a week would benefit you with healthy monounsaturated fats, potassium, folate and vitamins K, C, B5, B6 and E! Avocados are incredibly nutritious, packed with heart-healthy fatty acids, and high in fiber.
The benefits of eating this “alligator pear” include lowering cholesterol and triglycerides, they protect the eyes, relieve arthritis symptoms and can help prevent cancer. So if you haven’t tried it, please do, and if you don’t like it, maybe give it another chance.