Eating healthy does not have to be complicated, inaccessible or difficult for anyone. Healthy food not only keeps you running at optimal levels but also boosts your immune system and provides your body with a host of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. This in turn helps everything run at full capacity. Here are 5 foods that are versatile and easy to incorporate into your diet.
Greens: Dark, leafy greens are available everywhere. They make a great base for a salad as well as being an easy addition to meals as they complement other foods such as eggs and other vegetables. You want to pick vibrant and richly colored greens for a big boost of antioxidants. In addition to providing antioxidants, greens are high in fiber, folic acid, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and a host of other phytonutrients. Examples include kale, Swiss Chard, spinach and arugula.
Avocados: These are a hot ticket right night especially when it comes to avocado toast. Aside from being creamy and delicious, avocados are hugely beneficial to your health. They are naturally nutrient dense and contain almost twenty minerals and vitamins! They are also full of fiber, are a source of heart healthy fat and have more potassium than bananas. Monounsaturated fats are good for you, however, as healthy as they are, you do need to portion them out appropriately. In a 3.5 oz serving, avocados contain 160 calories, 2 grams of protein, 15 grams of fat and 7 grams of fiber. Avocados can be added to anything including a main or side dish. You can make desserts with them or eat them on their own for a delicious snack.
Sweet Potatoes: The queens of beta carotene (Vitamin A) as well as being a good source of Vitamin C, manganese, copper and Vitamin B6. They are also an excellent source of potassium and dietary fiber. Sweet potatoes are also complex carbohydrates so they stabilize the blood sugar and keep you satiated much longer than a simple carbohydrate. They can be made sweet or savory, added to baked goods, as a substitute for French fries, can be served hot or cold, can be made into a main dish (add chili on top or bake an egg into them), they can be made ahead of time with minimal prep, are very affordable and they travel well.
Lemons: Super affordable and an excellent source of Vitamin C, lemons boost the immune system, are good for colon health, help balance the pH of the body and make your skin glow. Cut up lemons and squeeze a few slices into your water or onto your salad for a fresh, citrus flavor.
Zucchinis: Zucchinis complement many foods from breads, baked goods, lasagnas, other vegetables or work well on their own. They contain Vitamin A, magnesium, folate, potassium and have Vitamin B1, B6, B2 and calcium which all promote wellness. They are low in calories, high in fiber and help keep the body hydrated. Delicious with a little oil, vinegar and herbs, zucchinis are a simple and healthy vegetable to have as a staple in your kitchen.
Incorporating these five food items into your diet will add an abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients to support a healthy immune system and bring an overall sense of wellness to your life.