Yes, I must admit, I am quite focused on eating healthy foods and having a balanced and nutritious diet. And the good part for me is that I have never considered it a diet but a lifestyle.
Most people when they hear the word “diet” they are very reluctant and think that’s an impossible thing, something very strict, something that they can never follow. “Oh and what you eat? Salads?” is something that I hear often when we’re discussing about healthy food.
Well, healthy foods are not only salads, and as long as it’s considered a “diet” and not a lifestyle, I understand that for lots of people it can be difficult.
But if you want just for curiosity to understand more about healthy foods, let’s take 5 examples of foods that are super healthy and you could really enjoy eating.
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Eggs are one of the few foods that should be classified as “superfoods”, as are among the most nutritious foods on the planet.
No, don’t smirk at me, I know that eggs have gotten a bad reputation because the yolks are high in cholesterol, but believe me, cholesterol isn’t that simple. Cholesterol plays a very important function in our body, being essential to every cell membrane, and because it’s so important, our body has evolved elaborate ways to ensure that it always has enough available. Because getting cholesterol from the diet isn’t always an option, our liver produces enough to meet our body’s needs and when we eat cholesterol-rich foods such as eggs, our liver starts producing less to keep cholesterol levels from becoming excessively high. So basically, the more cholesterol we eat, the less our body produces and the science is very clear that up to 3 whole eggs per day are perfectly safe for healthy people. At the same time, eating eggs leads also to elevated levels of HDL the “good” cholesterol, which is linked to a lower risk of many diseases. Eggs are also an excellent source of protein and contain all the essential amino acids that humans need, with a single large egg containing six grams of it and proteins are the main building blocks of the human body, being used to make all sorts of tissues and molecules that serve both structural and functional purposes.
Eggs being also low in calories, cheap, easy to prepare and that goes with almost any food and taste, are pretty much a nature’s perfect food.
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Fruits are among the world’s most popular healthy and nutritious foods, very easy to incorporate into your diet because they require little to no preparation.
Let’s see some of the fruits to not miss: blueberries, the most powerful sources of antioxidants in the world; oranges, well known for their vitamin C content are also high in fiber and antioxidants; apples, are high in fiber, vitamin C, and numerous antioxidants and because are very filling, make the perfect snack if you find yourself hungry between meals.
Of course the list of healthy fruits continues with strawberries, bananas, cherries, grapefruits, kiwi, mango, peaches, pears, pineapple and so many more.
I like them all. What is your favourite fruit?
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Vegetables are low in calories but full of nutrients.
Let’s see a few: carrots, high in carotene antioxidants, and loaded with nutrients like fiber and vitamin K; kale, incredibly high in fiber, vitamins C and K, and a number of other nutrients; bell peppers, are colourful, super crunchy and sweet, but also a great source of antioxidants and vitamin C.
Luckily we have plenty of veggies to choose from like: asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, artichokes, zucchini, eggplants…
There’s really a wide variety available, so you can enjoy many different types every day.
Are you a veggie eater? I can’t go one day without veggies.
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4. Nuts and seeds
They may have more calories, but eaten in the right quantities, the nuts and seeds are crunchy, filling, and loaded with important nutrients that many people don’t get enough of, including magnesium and vitamin E.
Some nuts and seeds that I love: walnuts, highly nutritious and loaded with fiber and various vitamins and minerals; macadamia nuts, rich in nutrients and antioxidants, I love their butter-like flavor and creamy texture; and my absolute favourite hazelnuts, rich in nutrients, antioxidants, and have a high content of protein, fats, vitamins and minerals.
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I know not everyone is a huge fan of dairy, or others cannot tolerate them, but dairy products are an important source of nutrients. Cheese, milk and yogurt are high in vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and are the best dietary sources of calcium.
Do you eat dairy products? Which one is your favourite?
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So here you have it, 5 foods that are very common in our everyday life and are super healthy, packed with vitamins and antioxidants.
To not forget that portions are always very important and as I always say, having a healthy and balanced diet means enjoying a little bit of everything.
Do you enjoy a little bit of everything?
Note: It should be noted that I am not a dietician nor a certified physician. This post is purely based on my research and also based on my personal experience. Please consult a physician before consuming any food if you are dealing with any serious illness.