Being healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. With the right kind of foods in your diet you can stay in shape, build a stronger immune system, and give your body the proper nutrients it needs. Below are a list of foods I eat regularly to maintain my figure and health. Not only are they all considered to be “superfoods”, but they also are easy to find, easy to prepare, and taste great.
Chicken breast: This is a good choice of protein if you are looking for lean meat with an excellent source of high quality protein. I prefer cage free, organic chicken. You can grill, bake or stew chicken breast.
Lemons: Drinking a cup of warm water with lemon helps speed up your metabolism. You can also use lemon as a salad dressing or fish and chicken flavoring. Not to mention it contains vitamin C!
Garlic & Ginger: Both of these herbs have amazing culinary and health benefits. They both can help with digestion and reduce blood pressure.
Apples: This fruit is packed with fiber, which means snacking on one of these is very filling. I recommend eating one with some almond or peanut butter as a healthy snack.
Almonds: These are the perfect snack to give you those healthy fats and energy for your day. Only eat about a handful; you don’t want to eat too many grams of healthy fat in a day.
Natural peanut butter: A serving of peanut butter has about 2 g of fiber and 8 g of protein so it fills you up and keeps you feeling full longer. To distinguish between natural and processed peanut butter, look for the one that has the oil on top.
Eggs: Don’t be fooled-you don’t always have to go just with “egg whites.” In fact, most of the egg’s protein and other natural vitamins and minerals are found in the yolks. Low in calories, high in energy!
Turkey bacon: This is a great alternative for regular bacon! It has fewer calories and doesn’t require oil for frying.
Chia seeds: These are really great to add to your diet. Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acid, fiber, and minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. I love to sprinkle them in my cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, and vegetables.
Flax seeds: Although not technically a grain, it has similar vitamins and minerals to whole grains. It is low in carbs and contains a combination of healthy fat and high fiber. Some of my favorite meals contain flax seeds like flaxseed wholewheat waffles and flaxseed oatmeal.
Bananas: These are great in
Kale: This green leaf is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. It goes great in juices and salads.
Dark chocolate: So is dark chocolate really great for staying fit? Yes that’s right! It’s filled with antioxidants and has been known to lower blood pressure.
Sweet Potatoes: Don’t let the sweetness of sweet potatoes keep you from loading up on their nutrition. These vegetables are loaded with beta-carotene, vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. With so many beneficial ingredients, sweet potatoes are very filling and need little else to complete your meal.
Coconut Oil: Although high in saturated fat, coconut oil is better than many other types of saturated fat because of the presence
Blueberries: All berries are nature’s best sources of antioxidants. Blueberries are also packed with potassium and vitamin C. Add a handful in your oatmeal, cereal, or shakes!
Hummus: Made from mostly chickpeas, hummus is filled with fiber, protein, and folic acid to aid in lowering blood cholesterol.
Salmon: Omega-3s! This helps lower your risk of heart disease and even aid in arthritis relief. It also is packed with protein making it a great meal to eat after working out. I recommend eating this fatty fish up to 2 times a week.
Quinoa: This whole grain is immensely protein-filled and contains iron and lysine for healthy blood cells and tissue growth and repair. Looking to increase your metabolism? Quinoa’s high levels of Riboflavin are a perfect dose.
Green Tea: The benefits of green tea are largely connected with the prevention of various cancers, such as breast, prostate, colon, lung, etc. It has also been tied to the treatment of sunburn and eye puffiness. The leaves themselves are the most powerful and lend themselves well to beverages or in direct application for usage. I recommend adding a cup of green tea to your everyday diet, hot or cold!
Avocado: Avocados contain a dense amount of nutrients, like fiber, potassium, and vitamins C, K, folate, and B6. This superfood has 15 grams of unsaturated fat and only 2 grams of saturated fat: a ratio any person aiming for a fitter lifestyle will approve of.
Oatmeal: This fiber-filled, low-calorie food is great for “hitting the spot” and keeping you satisfied for long periods of time. Especially now, with so many people looking for gluten-free meals, oatmeal steps up, containing the proteins you need to keep going.
Greek Yogurt: Yogurt is generally a great go-to snack or breakfast food, but finding the healthiest yogurt can be tough. Greek Yogurt has twice the protein of regular yogurts, without the extra sugars. This helps fuel your body and keep you feeling fuller for longer!
Don’t forget to keep it healthy & sexy! Until next time ?