Yesterday I did a post on what not to eat. Today I want to share the 12 best foods you can eat. Here they are in no particular order:
1. Leafy greens – spinach, Romain, kale, collard green. They are all full of fiber, minerals and vitamins. Bonus, they are next to nothing calorie-wise so you can eat your fill knowing you’re fueling your body with a superfood.
2. Berries – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, goji berries. Take one, take all, berries are a powerhouse of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. Not to mention they are delicious and filling.
3. Nuts – all nuts are winners but, almonds, walnuts, and brazil nuts are especially healthy for you. Snack on them or or sprinkle them on top of your meal for a tremendous boost of healthy fats and antioxidants (they mop up all the free radicals in your body that lead to inflammation and disease).
4. Seeds -sunflower, pumpkin, hemp, flax, and chia seeds are some of the most nutrient dense foods you can eat. Like nuts, these little babies pack quite a nutritional punch!
5. Legumes – red, black, pinto, garbanzo beans are not only filling and delicious but they are packed with fiber and protein. They also help stabilize blood sugar levels. Don’t forget to add lentils, peas and soybeans to this category.
6. Cruciferous – broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower are the gold star when it comes to nutritious foods. They not only have fiber and vitamins galore, they are chock full of phytochemicals (these are the non-nutritive compounds that fight disease).
7. Citrus – lemon, orange, lime, grapefruit. These fruits not only provide tons of vitamins, minerals, and fiber but they supply a hefty amount of antioxidants.
8. Healthy fats – avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, these are (not all but) three of the best fats for you to consume in your daily diet. Not only are they good on their own but when paired with other foods they make everything else more satisfying.
9. Grass fed beef -why not just regular old beef? Well grass fed beef is is higher in good fat and lower in the bad fat than it’s grain fed counterparts. I believe that it is also better for the planet too.
10. Salmon – salmon is one of the very best protein sources you can get. It is also high in good fats. There is some debate over which is better for you, farm raised or wild caught. I urge you to research which is best for you.
11. Whole and ancient grains – quinoa, barley, millet, old fashioned oats, steel cut oats, brown/wild rice. Carbs are getting a bad reputation lately. What I’m avoiding is eating refined carbs like white flour, white rice, processed pastas and cereals. I do plan on eating some grains everyday but keeping an eye to portions.
12. Spices/flavorings – turmeric, cinnamon, garlic, onion, cocoa are all superfoods! Oh and they are pretty delicious too 😉
If you’re not eating some or all of these 12 best foods everyday I encourage you to start experimenting with them. I’ve been getting creative and have come up with some new favorite recipes. I will be sharing some soon!
In my next post, I will be talking about some dietary guidelines and daily recommendations. Thanks so much for your visit!