5 Foods You Should Eat Every Day
Every day we face a lot of food choices. From the minute you wake up, your body is screaming for food. At the same time, your brain is telling you to make the right choices. Let me save you a little angst, here are five food items you should consume every day. Think of them as the fabulous five.
Yes, you need water to live. It flushes out toxins and carries nutrients to our cells. I know you’ve always heard 8 eight-ounce glasses, but that’s up for discussion these days. Now the rule is 13 cups for men per day and 9 for women. All fluids count toward this, but of course, water is the best. There’s your top 5. Incorporate these into your diet every day, and I bet it won’t be long before you see some benefits. But what if this list was a top 6 list, what would you put at number 6?
2. Green Vegetables
This is sort of like #3 but even more specifically GREEN vegetables, and the darker green the better. I know all the cool kids on the block are eating kale. Remember the golden oldies broccoli, spinach, and asparagus are good too. I bought a bottle of juice yesterday that was all green vegetables. My verdict, it tasted like juice made from all green vegetables! But it’s good for you. And the number one thing you should consume every day.
3. Fresh Not Highly Processed Foods
That may sound I’m casting a wide net, but if you concentrate on minimally processed foods, you’ll be in good shape. Minimally processed means foods that have been prepped for conveniences like bagged spinach, cut carrots, or roasted nuts. Highly processed foods are microwave meals and things with ingredients you can’t pronounce. If a rabbit might eat it while you’re trying to grow it in your backyard, you’re in good shape.
4. Nuts | Dry Fruits
I know what you’re thinking. Nuts are high in calories, if I eat too many, I’ll get FAT! So don’t eat too many, but eat some. Nuts contain polyphenols which keep your heart healthy. They’re loaded in protein, fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants. So go nuts for nuts, in moderation of course.
Flaxseed is one of the most powerful plant foods. It’s rich in Omega-3s and may reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. You can mix flaxseed into casseroles, soups, and stews. Add some flaxseed to yogurt, smoothies, or juice. You can even throw some into cookie batter for an almost guilt-free dessert.