With all of the information floating around, it’s difficult to keep track of good nutritional guidelines. However, there is a small group of foods that should be considered a part of every diet. By doing your best to incorporate these into your daily menu, you ensure your body is getting much of what it needs to stay fit and healthy. This is especially important during cold and flu season.
Yogurt is amazing.
This food has been around for a couple thousand years and is incredibly beneficial to the body. The fermentation that occurs in yogurt works to create innumerable probiotic organisms that work alongside naturally occurring bacteria in your body which help boost your immune system and fight cancer causing agents. You want to make sure the label says “live and active cultures” because not all yogurts are probiotic. Mix in fresh fruit and honey in the morning and it makes a delicious breakfast. You might even consider tossing it into a smoothie. Whatever you decide, it’s amazing.
Tomatoes are an absolute must.
The great thing about tomatoes is that you can find them everywhere. They are in ketchup and most vegetable cocktails so pour them on and chug them down. Red tomatoes are the best because they are rich with the antioxidant lycopene. If you can’t find fresh, processed tomatoes are just as good. A diet rich in lycopene reduces multiple forms of cancer and coronary artery disease.
One of my favorite foods of all time is blueberries.
They’re expensive and I don’t know why. There doesn’t seem to be a distinct season but they are great for you. They go with almost anything. They have more antioxidants than almost any other fruit and help to prevent cancer, diabetes and age-related memory problems. Blueberries are rich in fibre and vitamins A and C and help to boost cardiovascular health. Take them with you if you can, they make a great snack. They’re also great mixed with yogurt and cereal. This makes for a great body boost.
My snack of choice is walnuts.
You can buy them whole but I would recommend buying them in pieces already out of the shell. This way you don’t run the risk of losing some on the ground when you crack them open, or even missing a piece inside the shell. They can be thrown onto everything including cereals, salads and yogurt. They are rich in Omega 3s, loaded with anti-inflammatory polyphenols as well as muscle building proteins. Other nuts may contain one of these things but not all three. This is the grand daddy of all nuts.
My least favorite although I still try to get it in almost every day is spinach.
I prefer it in a salad so that I can cover it with all kinds of other good stuff. As Popeye already knows, spinach acts as a great muscle builder and is a rich source of omega 3s and folate which help to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis. Rumor has it that this food is also great for improving a particular type of performance unique to men. This is due to the fact that spinach is said to improve blood flow. I don’t need this kind of help, but I don’t see the need to lay off the spinach either.
These are the foods that you should make a concentrated effort to eat every day. Find a way to get them into your daily schedule. In addition, you should balance out this daily regimen with some protein. I prefer turkey or salmon. Usually I’ll combine one or the other with a combination of the foods I’ve already mentioned. There are a few other foods that have been noted as incredibly beneficial for the reasons I have already highlighted. They include carrots and whole grains. I don’t seem to get to these as much but what do you expect I can’t eat everything everyday.
Stick to these foods as regularly as you can and you are certain to reap the benefits on a daily basis. Chow for now!