If you incorporate the following foods in your daily diet, you will have a better chance of losing weight, feeling better and living a longer and healthier life. Note: Foods that aren’t listed and have high amounts of antioxidants are also great for the body.
Garlic is good for your body because it has the chemical allicin. The chemical is an anti-fungal and antibacterial compound that is known to fight cancer, strengthen your cardiovascular system, decrease fat storage and fight acne inflammation. To activate allicin, you must finely chop or mince the garlic clove; the finer the garlic the more allicin is produced and the stronger the effect it will have on your body.
Not only are tomatoes delicious because of their sweet juiciness and bitter flavors, but they are very nutritious for the body. They have a chemical called lycopene, which is known to fight cancers such as prostate, pancreatic, breast, endometrial and colorectal. They also help fight against heart disease and have been known to protect DNA in white blood cells. Try to eat tomatoes with broccoli every day because they team up to make a healthy combo for the body. There are numerous ways you can do this, for example add some steamed broccoli to your pasta with tomato sauce or pizza.
Greek yogurt contains almost three times the amount of protein than regular yogurt does. Just one cup supplies you with a quarter of calcium your body needs daily. The cultures and probiotics in yogurt help with your body’s digestion too. Low-fat yogurt, low-fat cheeses and skim milk are also great sources of calcium for your body.
Foods High in Fiber
In order for your digestion to stay on a normal routine, it’s best to eat the right amount of fiber daily. It also keeps our blood sugars and cholesterol low. The average American should be eating 20 to 35 grams of fiber per day. Foods that are high in fiber include apples, barley, beans and other legumes, fruits and vegetables, oatmeal, oat bran and brown rice. Try quinoa, it has about twice as much fiber and protein as brown rice and contains a perfect blend of amino acids for your body.
Almonds are not only high in fiber, but they are great for the memory as well. Almonds provide oleic acid, which is great for the heart. One ounce of almonds a day gives you 9 grams of oleic acid and has lots of health benefits. The most recent one being improved memory. Almonds are also healthy to snack on because they fill you up due to their high protein levels.
Carrots provide high antioxidant compounds and are a good source of vitamins A, C and K. They help promote good vision (especially at night) and protect against heart disease and cancer. They supply the richest source of carotenoids and also help with blood sugar and promote lung health. Parsnips, dill, fennel caraway and cumin are related to carrots and are a good substitute.
Eggs are a good source of protein and are a healthy way to jump start your day. One egg provides around 5.5 grams of protein and only 68 calories. Eggs supply necessary B vitamins for the body, like folic acid. Choline is found in egg yolks and is good for your health because it reduces inflammation and provides the right nutrients for brain function. Choline also reduces chronic inflammation, which has been linked to heart disease, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis and type-2 diabetes. Soybeans are a good substitute.
Yellow, red and orange bell peppers are loaded with antioxidants and provide carotenoids for the body. Bell peppers supply nutrients that provide better communication between cells in the body, a greater immune system, better eye sight, promote good lung health and provide protection against Rheumatoid arthritis. Give chili peppers a shot if you can stand the heat.
Blueberries provide good sources of vitamin C and antioxidants and recently ranked on top of all fruits known to kill free radicals in your body. The fruit has been known to help with cataracts, glaucoma, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, peptic ulcers, heart disease, diarrhea, constipation, urinary tract infections and cancer. Anthocyanins, which are the blue pigments found in the fruit, enhance vitamin C and improve capillary stability.
Swiss chard is a green leafy vegetable known for providing high nutrients in vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron, vitamin E and dietary fiber. It also provides good sources of copper, calcium, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, protein, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, folate, biotin, niacin and pantothenic acid. Basically, it acts as a mega multivitamin and if you eat only 35 calories worth, you will have about 300 percent of your daily vitamin intake needed. It helps fight against cancer, promotes good vision, helps keep bones strong and sharpens mental acuteness. Spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, watercress, arugula, romaine lettuce and kale are good substitutes.