Over the years studies have shown that the “right” kinds of food have the power to heal holistically and can even prevent some consumers from getting incurable diseases like cancer. While there is a plethora of natural foods that can help promote optimal health, often times eating “healthy” comes with an expensive price tag—organic fruits and veggies for example aren’t cheap. However, you can still get all of the fat blasting and disease fighting nutrients and antioxidants you need simply by having a daily intake of four principle foods sold at your local super market. And the best part? They’re generally the most affordable. To learn what they foods are, continue reading below.
Low-Fat, Non-Fat Yogurt
Plain, low-fat or nonfat yogurt is one of the healthiest daily foods you can consume. This is because it has good bacteria—”live and active cultures” which are better known as probiotics. Probiotics can really ensure that your insides function properly. For example, it can help regulate your intestinal tract and prevent infection in the digestive system and prevent bowl cancer. It’s equally important in helping prevent vaginal infections in women and can help boost overall immunity since probiotics help the body absorb nutrients more easily. Greek yogurt especially is an excellent source of protein and calcium. While most yogurts come in a 6 oz cup, you can also buy yogurt drinks if you’re more of a grab-and-go person. Enjoy a cup of yogurt with fresh fruit for breakfast or a mid-day snack. Substitute ice cream or milk for yogurt while using your favorite smoothie recipe. Use yogurt to create dip (does tzatziki in gyro sandwiches ring a bell?) Or you can use it as an additive to make pancakes, soups and curries more creamy and rich.
Whole grains are great metabolism boosters (which means you can lose weight more easily). At the very least they can help you maintain your healthy size since these foods keep you fuller longer due to their excellent sources of fiber. Whole grains can also help lower cholesterol levels and can help prevent against heart disease. Whole grains are also great for boosting brain power and improving memory. There are tons of easy ways to incorporate whole grains into your diet, including eating whole grain cereal for breakfast, a sandwich made with whole grain wheat bread for lunch, and eating spaghetti made with whole grain pasta or a wrap with a whole grain tortilla and brown rice for dinner. Don’t forget about whole grain crackers and whole grain oatmeal either.
Popeye was on the right path when he used spinach to help him grow strong. This dark leafy green is filled with tons of disease fighting properties that can help lower the risk of getting all types of cancer and other inflammatory related diseases such as arthritis. Spinach can ideally be used to replace most forms of lettuce—use it to fill up sandwiches and salads. Cook it down and incorporate in pasta dishes, dips, enchiladas or in omelets. Or it is just as side dish. The possibilities are pretty much endless.
Last but not least are blueberries. Out of all the other berries, these little numbers are by far one of the best because it has the highest levels of phytochemicals—an antioxidant that gives the berries their dark, rich color but also simultaneously gives blueberries the power to wash way all of the toxins that can lead to illnesses and diseases. In fact, blueberries have the highest concentration of antioxidants than most fresh fruit—it has selenium, zinc, iron, vitamin C and B complex just to name a few, all of which increase immunity, promote healthier brains, and fight against heart disease. Blueberries have been proven to attack the fat that is stored in the lower abdomen. So those worried about stubborn “muffin tops” should really find a way to incorporate blueberries into their daily diet. Eat them from breakfast (perhaps in your yogurt, whole grain cereal, or on whole grain waffles). Make a blueberry smoothie, or make a whole wheat blueberry muffin for a snack. Eating them plain is just as delicious.
This Healthy Food Article is contributed by Angelita Williams, who writes on the topics of online courses. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: angelita.williams7 @gmail.com.