Some of the Healthiest Foods!
Kale is packed with antioxidants (one of the highest), a great source of minerals that we often lack in our diets. Kale is one of the best sources of vitamin k, contain vitamin c, can help lower cholesterol, will help in weight loss, and has cancer-fighting substance
Love tart cherries in my shakes and the benefits of tart cherries seems endless.
Tart cherries are rich in antioxidants, can help regulate blood pressure, helps in losing weight, promotes muscle growth. As an anti-inflammatory tart cherries help with us that have arthritis, prevents insomnia, boost your immune system, improves stamina, and brain function which we all can use.
I myself do not like beets, but after seeing how healthy they are, I may try to find a way to get them in my diet.
Beets contain antioxidants that can help repair and possibly regenerate cells in our livers. Beets are very high in vitamin C, fiber, and minerals. One of the minerals is potassium which helps nerve and muscle function, and manganese that is very good for the liver, kidneys, and our bones, and can even help lower blood pressure. So if you are a beet lover you choose the right veggie.
Shelled Pumpkin Seeds!
I love pumpkin seeds they are my go to seed. I keep some in my desk and have them at home. During the fall I get five or six pumpkins just for the seeds alone. So many different ways to make them tasty. I will share some another day. Pumpkin seeds before a workout gives you a great boost. Pumpkin seeds are high in protein, high in fiber to keep you full, full of healthy fats. You can put them in salads, I use some in my shakes at times as well.
Halibut is a good source of protein, but what I didn’t know is that it is high in fiber, one serving has more fiber than our common oatmeal. Halibut is known to be the second highest fiber food. I also didn’t know that it helps serotonin, which is one of the hormones that help with appetite signals. So recap this fish has it all low in fat, high in fiber which helps us feel fuller. Halibut is great on the grill, under the broiler with lemon and pepper.
Ruby Red Grapefruit!
A study found the eating half a grapefruit before meals can possibly help reduce belly fat, as well as helping to lower our cholesterol levels. Research shows a combination of phytochemicals and vitamin C in the grapefruit contributes to the above. That being said a little grapefruit goes a long way.
Onions have quercetin which helps with blood flow to increase. Quercetin helps activate a protein we have to help regulate blood sugar levels, helps get rid of that stored fat, helps prevent the new fat cells from forming. Onions have a huge impact on your cardiovascular health. Onions can help maintain a good blood pressure, and help with hardening of the arteries. Onions are a low calorie and have many dishes we can add them too.
They are packed with protein and fiber (in the seeds), Pomegranates contain anthocyanins, tannins, and antioxidants. You can use them in a salad or try making a delicious shake.
Research has found that drinking a cup of black tea per day improves cardiovascular function, and the more cups you drink, the more you benefit!
Pickles are low-cal, filled with fiber and covered in vinegar. Great news for that waistline. One large pickle has 15 calories and 2 grams of filling fiber, so eat three or four and take in less than 100 calories! Pickles will make you feel fuller due to the fiber.
One of the healthiest beans you can have in your diet! Hummus is made from chickpea or garbanzo beans. Hummus is high in fiber, has nice healthy fat, and let us not forget the protein either.
Parmesan Cheese One of The Healthiest Cheese!
Parmesan cheese, like most cheeses, are low in sugar due to how it is processed. Parmesan cheese has the added benefit of reducing sugar cravings. Parmesan contains the amino acid tyrosine which is a building block of protein and encourages the brain to release dopamine and norepinephrine eliminates the want for sweets. Parmesan while low in carbs, and also contains about 30% of the recommended intake of calcium
Spinach is a great source of protein as well as vitamins A, C, and heart-healthy antioxidants. One cup of spinach has almost as much protein has a hard-boiled egg and not nearly the calories. Steam your spinach instead of eating it raw. Steaming retains the vitamins and absorbs easier. Use in soups, omelets, pasta dishes, and veggie stir-fries.
Tomatoes contain a lot of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been studied and found that it decreases the risk of lung, prostate, skin, bladder, stomach cancers, and reduces the of coronary artery disease. In one cup of sun-dried tomatoes has 6g of protein and 7g of fiber. Sun-dried tomatoes also give you 75% of the RDA of potassium. Sun-dried tomatoes are very rich in vitamins A and K.