List Of The Top Ten Healthiest Foods To Eat Or Drink - Best Food Guide
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I guess it will be tough to limit myself to a list of the top ten healthiest foods to eat or drink, as we are blessed with so many healthy options! I will share some of my favorite choices, but I am sure you will be able to come up with a totally different list of your own best foods.
Of course, my list of the top ten healthiest foods will be heavy on the fruits and vegetable side, as I want to include a juicing recipe for you. So, let's get started.
I simply love adding tomatoes to my vegetable juice recipes. The taste is superb and I know that tomatoes are rich in Lycopene. Lycopene has been shown to help with cancer prevention. You can also opt for watermelon or juicy pink guavas to get some of this, but my favorite is a bright red tomato.
Now, this is one instance where cooking may actually improve your intake of a nutrient! The really concentrated Lycopene can be found in tomato sauces, tomato soup, ketchup or tomato paste. And if you can add some healthy oil such as olive oil, your body will be even better able to absorb the good stuff!
My god daughter absolutely adores broccoli! It has been a favorite of hers almost since baby days. Perhaps your kids also love to have a few green 'trees' on their plates. These are just so good for them. Rich in cancer-fighting substances, minerals like calcium and vitamins such as vitamin C, K and A, this veggie simply has to be on my list of the top ten healthiest foods. It also is a good source of fiber.
Now, if your family members do not enjoy broccoli, you could always quietly add it to their vegetable juice recipes. They probably won't even notice it. If you are lucky, they may even develop a taste for it!
Whether fresh or frozen, the different kinds of berries can give your nutrition a healthy sweet or tangy lift. From strawberries to blueberries sport a variety of nutrients, including vitamin C, minerals like calcium and magnesium, as well as phytochemicals and flavonoids that could help with cancer prevention. The stronger the color, the better. In addition, it is also well known that cranberries can help with the prevention of bladder infections. Berries may also help to improve brain function. They are another good source of fiber.
I particularly love berries, as they are so easy to incorporate into your recipes. You can eat them just the way they are, add them to plain yogurt, pop a handful into your blender when making a smoothie or sprinkle them over your breakfast cereal.
While we are talking about tossing berries into yogurt, let's add yogurt to the list! This is a super easy way to increase calcium intake. Even folks who have a lactose intolerance can often eat yogurt without a problem. The great thing is that it also comes with goodies that help to keep your digestive tract healthy. Just make sure the yogurt you choose is a live culture variety.
Go for plain, low-fat yogurt. You can then add your own fruits and even a touch of honey for sweetness.
A variety of nuts should be included in your diet. Concentrate on walnuts and almonds. These are excellent for heart health. Remember that the oils in nuts are of the kind that is good for you and can even help you to lower your cholesterol. They are also fiber rich, as well as rich in nutrients such as magnesium, iron, calcium and vitamin E. Just keep in mind that they are calorie dense, so don't overdo it or you will be adding too many calories to your diet. Walnuts can also help to give your mood a lift.
When it comes to adding greens to juices, I love baby spinach. Some studies show that it can be very helpful in the prevention of certain eye diseases, especially in older folks. In fact, it is generally very good if you want to stay young! This is another one that comes packed with minerals, vitamins from A to B6 and C, as well as cancer-fighting properties.
How to use it? From juicing, to stir-frying to raw baby spinach leaves in a fresh salad work well.
We all know that we need to eat less red meats and more fish. Wild salmon is a good choice, rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon is superb if you have to watch your cholesterol and want to keep your heart healthy.
This one is well known for its cholesterol lowering effect. It is also good for heart health in general and may even improve blood pressure readings over time. Your digestive system should also benefit from oats, due to the soluble fiber. This is also a filling breakfast that is quick and easy to prepare. In addition, it has loads of the B vitamins, plus protein, iron, calcium, magnesium and selenium. It will strengthen your immune system, help with tissue repair and can even lift your mood! Sounds like a good deal to me, especially as it is such an affordable food.
9. Sweet Potatoes
This is another valuable source of beta-carotene, vitamin C and B6, as well as potassium. In fact, it is an extremely good source of beta-carotene. Best of all, kids usually love them. You can actually include all the different squashes here, from butternut to pumpkin.
Melon or cantaloupe can be a guilt-free sweet treat. High in both vitamin C and beta-carotene, you can know that it is good for you. At the same time, it is fat-free and low in calories. Another bonus is the potassium content that can help to lower blood pressure. So, be sure to include this in your diet when it is available. Oh yes, and don't limit yourself to tossing frozen banana into smoothies. Frozen cubes of melon add another flavor and are even better for you!
Bonus: 11. Dark Chocolate
I just had to include this! If you enjoy chocolate, don't ever think that you have to make it a total no-no in a healthy diet. Dark chocolate in particular actually deserves a place on the list of the top ten healthiest foods. However, I moved it down to the 11th spot, as it perhaps isn't strictly speaking a 'food', although this is one we probably won't all agree on... A small piece of a good quality dark chocolate can in fact be really good for you! Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants. These can help you to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Just remember, that it is still high in calories, so go slow and savor each bite.
Free Juicing Recipe: Healthiest Foods Feast
4 Broccoli florets
1 Cup of melon cubes
2 Spinach leaves
1 Medium tomato
1 Celery stalk
1 Red apple
Optional: A few fresh berries
I hope that you have enjoyed a peek at my list of the top ten healthiest foods to eat!
- Wash all the produce thoroughly
- Remove and discard carrot greens
- Roll spinach into tight balls
- Cut tomato into chunks, if necessary
- Quarter apple and discard pips
- Juice all the ingredients. Try to juice the melon cubes, broccoli and spinach with the carrots and apples for the best results
- Enjoy! Enough for one to two servings