Eating is one of the most important things we do every day. It’s the foundation of healthy living and fitness. Dispite this, a lot of people don’t pay much attention to the kinds of foods they are putting into their mouths.
They unconciously eat any processed crap that finds its way to their plate and then wonder why they’re fat, constantly getting sick, prone to allergies and loaded with health and skin problems.
According to Mike Geary (author of The Fat Burning Kitchen and The Top 101 Foods That Fight Aging), what’s worse is that many of the foods labeled as ‘healthy’ – especially many soy products, corn derivatives and wheat products – actually aren’t very good for you at all.
See his article: 3 So-Called “Healthy” Foods to STOP Eating
The problem? Pretty much all processed foods have ‘hidden’ ingredients added to them. The solution? Start eating more REAL, natural, single ingredient foods.
According to sports nutritionist Mike Westerdal (author of ‘101 Superfoods‘) there are certain foods that you MUST eat on a regular basis if you want to stay healthy, boost your vitality and beat inflammation.
So, the next time you visit the grocery store… be sure to stock up on these foods:
Broccoli is a true superfood. This versatile green veggie is loaded with phytochemicals and antioxidants, including indoles, glutathione, beta carotene, isothiocyanates, quercetin, vitamin C, folate, lutein, glucarate, and glutathione.
For a long time the media gave eggs a really bad reputation. ‘Experts’ claimed that eating eggs would increase bad cholesterol in the body and result in all sorts of health problems.
These ‘experts’ claimed that the bad stuff was concentrated in the yolks, advising to only eat the egg whites.
However, new research says that regularly eating eggs doesn’t boost bad cholesterol at all. What’s more is that almost all of the healthy nutrients eggs provide are actually found INSIDE the yolk!
Eggs are inexpensive, low in calories, full of the highest-quality protein you can find and they are loaded with vital nutrients such as folate, riboflavin, selenium, B12, and choline.
Apples are a great source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps to prevent cholesterol buildup in the lining of blood vessel walls.
Insoluble fiber provides bulk in the intestinal tract, holding water to cleanse and move food quickly through the digestive system.
Apples are also nutritious and a great way to beat cravings and prevent hunger pangs.
Nuts — and almonds in particular — are very good for you and you should try to eat a small handful of them every day.
Almonds are cholesterol-free, a great source of dietary fiber and they are high in monounsaturated fat (the good type of fats). They are also loaded with antioxidants, magnesium, copper, arginine-rich protein and zinc.
The dark leafy green veggies such as kale, collards, Swiss chard, spinach, turnip greens and mustard greens are jam-packed with vitamins A, C, and K, folate, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesiumlutein, and plenty of fiber.
This protein rich super food has been a bodybuilding staple for years. Chicken is loaded with muscle-building proteins. Its also packed with vitamins and minerals.
Recent studies have shown that it’s even okay to eat the skin now and then. Chicken has a lot of fat. However, it’s the kind of fat that when eaten in moderation, can really ramp up muscle growth.
Plain low-fat or non-fat yogurt:
Plain yogurt is another excellent source of high-quality protein. It’s also a healthy, nutrient-dense food that is rich in nutrients like calcium, potassium and riboflavin.
Research has shown that yogurt with active cultures (probiotics) may boost gut health and contribute to a healthy digestive system.
Carrots make for a great snack. It turns out they are also really good for you. Carrots are loaded with antioxidants like beta-carotene as well as numerous vitamins like vitamin A, K and C.
Sweet potatoes are another food you should consider eating regularly. This is due to their high dietary fiber content, as well as being an excellent source of vitamins A and C, and mineral such as iron and calcium.
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Whole oats are a rich source of soluble fiber. This reduces the risk of heart disease. Even though they do contain lots of carbohydrates, their release is slowed by the fiber content. This means you don’t get an insulin spike. Also known as a low Glycemic Index (GI) food.
When going for oats, don’t go for the ‘quick oats’. This is because these DO cause your insulin levels to spike.
That’s it… the top ten foods that should be finding their way to your plate on a regular basis. Ditching processed junk and eating these foods instead can put you on the road towards better health and greater vitality.