Food For Your Health.
When choosing what is for dinner it is important to choose food for your health needs.
However, with so many food options available to us, it can be confusing to know what is exactly right. The good news is that whether you are making fresh food for tonight or even if you want to create the best frozen Chinese food for the rest of the week, you can create a healthy diet for you and your family.
Below I highlight some choices of food for your health:
There are many benefits to eating fatty fish. I even wrote a whole blog post dedicated to those benefits.
Some highlights on how fatty fish is a great food for your health.
- It’s a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help lower the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.
- It has been shown that people who eat more omega-3 fatty acids have lower levels of inflammation in their bodies. This may, in turn, help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease.
- Fatty fish contains many beneficial vitamins and minerals.
- Vitamin D for bone health.
- Selenium for a healthy immune system.
- Protein for energy.
Meat has been a staple in the human diet for centuries and is an excellent source of protein. Protein is essential for muscle development and health, so lean meats are a must in your diet. Studies have shown that proper protein consumption can help lower blood pressure, boost mood, and reduce the risk of obesity.
Don’t like beef? No worries, the above recipe can also be made using lean ground turkey. NO meat? No problem… this is also a delicious option:
Potatoes contain carbohydrates that provide energy for the body. This can be especially good for quick energy. As well, it is great for athletes that need to replenish their glycogen stores after a workout. Potatoes also contain fiber which can help you feel full for longer periods of time by slowing down the digestion process and reducing hunger pangs.
Soups are often overlooked as a means of getting a healthy meal. However, they are a very good option for those who want to reduce their caloric intake. Low-calorie soups help the body feel fuller faster and reduce hunger cravings. They also have a lot of fiber from vegetables and can keep blood sugar levels low.
The best soups generally use vegetable and lean proteins like beans, lentils, chicken breast, and tofu as the main ingredients. Avoiding high-fat dairy products like cream or cheese can help you stay within your calorie goal for the day.
Avocado and Leafy Greens
Avocados and leafy greens are high in vitamins and minerals, which can be hard to get in other foods. Avocados are full of vitamin C, potassium, folate, fiber, and healthy fats. The avocado is also a fruit with essential monounsaturated fat that helps lower cholesterol levels in the body.
Leafy greens such as spinach or kale are low in calories yet high in protein for building muscle. They have a lot of fiber to help you feel fuller longer while providing key vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, iron, calcium, and vitamin A. Leafy greens also have more protein than you probably realize.
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