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A healthy diet consists of lots of vitamins and minerals. It’s high in fiber. It contains plenty of antioxidants. It’ll help you reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and other health conditions. So if you’re on a health kick and not sure what to have on hand at all times, check out the following list of health food must-haves.
Almonds are jam packed with fiber, iron, calcium, magnesium and riboflavin. Just a single serving of almonds has more calcium than any other nut. If you’re not big on eating them raw, switch to almond milk instead to get the same benefits.
The saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” wasn’t said for just any reason. Apples are a great source soluble fiber, and proven to reduce glucose levels which lowers blood cholesterol. They’re also high in vitamin C, which keeps your blood vessels, capillaries, and skin collagen healthy.
It’s always great when healthy food tastes great. And blueberries are that, along with being loaded with compounds that help prevent heart disease, diabetes, and even some cancers. They’re also a great low-calories source of fiber and vitamin C.
Broccoli is one of the best sources of vitamin C you can find. It’s also very high in folates and phytonutrients. Along with it being high in vitamin A, broccoli helps repair damaged cells and preserves the health of your eyes.
Red beans are an excellent source of phosphorous, potassium, and iron. They’re also loaded with protein and fiber. If you’re not a huge fan of red beans however, you can substitute with black beans instead, for all the same great benefits.
When you’re on a health kick, you’ll hear a lot about Omega-3 fatty acids. They’re a fat that makes it less likely for your blood to form dangerous clots that cause heart disease. And salmon is perhaps the best source of Omega-3 you can find.
It was no stretch of the imagination as to why Popeye ate spinach to gain superhuman strength. Spinach is extremely high in vitamin C, A, and folates. But its strength is in it’s carotenoids – beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin – which boosts the strength of your immune system thus, making you stronger.
Sweet potatoes are about the highest source of antioxidant beta carotene you can find. For those that don’t know, beta carotene gets converted in your body to vitamin A, and vitamin A helps slow the aging process and reduces the risk of a number of cancers. But perhaps the greatest thing about sweet potatoes is that they’re low in calories – only 81 of them in just half of one large potato.
Want a blast of vitamins, minerals and other healthy nutrients found in vegetables? Pour yourself some juice. Tomatoes, spinach, beats – have them all together or, mix them up!