Looking to lead a healthier lifestyle? Want to lose weight? Or are you looking for the secret to a long life without health issues like heart disease and high cholesterol? Food can be the answer. Keep on reading to learn about five superfoods that will change your life!
1 – Green, leafy vegetables
I hate eating vegetables and I do everything to avoid them. But for my lifestyle goals, I force myself to eat vegetables – especially green, leafy vegetables. These guys (like spinach, broccoli and kale) are proven time and time again to contain lots of vitamins and minerals that help in the fight against cancer. The University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture lists examples of leafy vegetables and the nutrients they contain. There’s even a delicious salad recipe!
2 – Eat more fish
When craving meat, we don’t usually think about fish. Beef and pork usually top our lists – but these red meats don’t even come close to the healthy benefits fish provide. Fish are extremely lean and contain almost no fat at all; so all you get is protein and omega-3 fatty acids – making weight loss easier! Omega-3 also helps the body and brain to perform at their best: preventing brain disorders like Alzheimer’s and reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke. Lastly, essential oils in fish provide better joint function and are also linked to preventing depression (much like a Shiatsu massage!).
3 – Love your beans
I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been fed a regular diet of beans growing up. It was never a meal to look forward to. But did you know that beans are extremely good for you? Not only are they cheap, a good source of protein and easy to prepare in a myriad of ways, they’re also low in fat and have almost no cholesterol. This superfood prevents heart disease, has a low glycemic index (great for diabetics!), helps to fight cancer and has tons of fibre! Beans work great as a meal or a snack, helping to fill you up and provide all-day energy.
4 – Go Greek with your yogurt
This is one of those foods that is less about preventing diseases and more about an alternative to regular yogurt. Greek yogurt is high in protein, low in carbohydrates and contains tons of probiotics. Probiotics help to improve the digestive and immune systems. Thanks to its unique way of being made, it removes significant amounts of salt and lactose as compared to regular yogurt. Greek yogurt is a great alternative to people who are lactose intolerant or want something creamier and thicker to snack on.
5 – Spice it up
I love spicy food; the smell and taste is amazing. But did you know it has health benefits? You might be interested in losing weight; spicy food can help make that happen. Eating spicy food can boost the metabolism up to five percent and increase the rate of fat burning in your body by 16 percent! Spices are also linked to reducing heart disease, preventing cancer and may also be the secret to living longer. This doesn’t mean you have to scald your tongue over dinner! Just adding a dash of chili powder to your cooking can make all the difference.
These are a few superfoods you have add to your diet today! I guarantee you’ll feel stronger, happier and healthier. Need more food advice for a healthier lifestyle? Read our previous article and learn how the color of food is a secret to boosting your health.