Healthy Foods You Should Eat To Stay Fit And Energetic

Healthy foods do not have to be boring. Some foods that may seem like guilty pleasures can be good for you. What matters is how you prepare them and how often they’re on your table. Eating healthy means enjoying great food in moderation.

Take pasta for example. It’s low in fat and salt and keeps you satisfied longer, so you’re less likely to snack or overeat. But watch what you put on it. If you cover it in a rich alfredo sauce, you can boost the fat and salt. Try some whole-grain pasta with olive oil and a bit of Parmesan instead.

 

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Healthy Foods: Red Meat

It has to be the right kind: We’re not talking prime rib or greasy hamburgers. Lean red meat – when you’ve trimmed off all the fat you can see — is a great source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, niacin, zinc, and iron. And in small portions, it’s been shown to lower LDL, the “bad” cholesterol.

 

Healthy Foods: Popcorn

Yes indeed, popcorn.

Junk food, right? Not so much. It’s a whole grain that’s loaded with fiber, which helps fill you up and keeps you regular. It also has vitamin B, manganese, and magnesium, as well as antioxidants, which may protect you against disease and cell damage. The key to keeping it healthy is to go easy on the salt and butter.

 

Healthy Foods: Honey

This natural sweetener is full of antioxidants that can protect your cells and be good for inflammation. It also can help with the mix of bacteria in your gut, which is important for digestion and getting nutrients from food.

 

Healthy Foods: Peanut Butter

Yes, indeed, it has quite a bit of fat. But it’s mostly the unsaturated kind, which isn’t bad for you. Studies have shown that people who eat nuts or peanut butter regularly are less likely to get heart disease or type 2 diabetes than people who rarely eat them. It’s also a good source of something many Americans need more of: potassium. To make the most of it, go the unsalted route.

 

Healthy Foods: Chocolate

It’s all about the flavonoids, which may help protect you from cell damage. They also may lower your blood pressure, improve blood flow to your brain and heart, and make you less likely to have certain kinds of heart disease. Dark chocolate is best because it has the most cocoa, the most flavonoids, and the least sugar. Eat in moderation and enjoy!

 

Healthy Foods: Eggs

They give you a full range of B vitamins and amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. They also have some nutrients that aren’t in a lot of foods, like vitamin D and selenium. And eggs make you feel full for a while, which makes them such a great way to start the day.

 

Healthy Foods: Dark Meat Chicken

It has more saturated fat than white meat, but it’s far richer in minerals like iron, zinc, and selenium, as well as vitamins A, B, and K. It’s also high in taurine, which breaks down fat and helps with inflammation and blood pressure.

Healthy Foods: Potato Salad

You’re probably scratching your head on this one, thinking too many bad calories. But, it’s really good for you. Cooled potatoes have something called “resistant starch,” which acts like fiber and can help keep you regular and your gut healthy. But hot or cold, potatoes have lots of nutrients, like potassium and magnesium. Look for low-fat, low-calorie mayonnaise to dress the salad and you’ll be okay.

 

Healthy Foods: Alcohol

Happy hour can be good for you. Research shows that moderate drinking, like one a day for women and two for men, may help protect you from heart disease, kidney stones, gallstones, and type 2 diabetes. But keep it moderate. Too much alcohol can have the opposite effect.

Healthy Foods: Frozen Vegetables

Turns out, frozen vegetables have the same health benefits as fresh and even more in some cases because they’re picked and frozen at their nutritional best. Stock your freezer, and they’ll be there whenever you need them.

 

Healthy Foods: Avocado

Not all fat is bad. The kind in avocados is linked to a healthy heart and good cholesterol levels. And adding them to your regular diet may help with belly fat and protect your eyes and skin. Try avocado as part of a salad, it’s heaven.

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