While the term ‘healthy’ for food is a little subjective, based on food preferences and dietary restrictions, there are some foods that are ideal as long as you are able to eat them. As long as none of these foods are a potential food allergy for you, they are among the healthiest foods you can put in your body, and recommended on a daily basis. Here are a few healthy foods that I would consider my staples.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Eat your leafy greens! Spinach is one of the healthiest greens you can eat, and goes great with many types of meals. It doesn’t have a strong flavor, so most people enjoy this green. It goes great in salads, breakfast scrambles and omelets. I typically put my greens in a smoothie every morning. Try to add more spinach and other leafy greens to your daily diet in order to get more vitamins and minerals including folate and omega-3s. If you aren’t a
fan of spinach, try other dark leafy greens like collard greens, romaine, or kale.
Unless you have a nut allergy, these should definitely be on your list! Nuts are a wonderful source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. They increase your fiber when you don’t get a lot of it from fruits and whole grains, plus are a source of plant-based protein if you are a vegetarian or vegan. If you are sensitive to peanuts, which is actually a legume, go for healthy nuts like brazil nuts, walnuts, almonds, and pecans. There are so many to choose from. While most nuts have healthy fats, try not to over consume nuts. A typical serving is 1 oz. It is best to chose nuts that are unsalted and unsweetened.
When it comes to fruit, it doesn’t get much better than berries. You will get lots of healthy antioxidants by eating more berries like blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. These fruits are delicious and sweet, but don’t have as much sugar and carbs as other fruits. You can get a nice boost to your heart health, and have a healthy snack without a lot of added calories.
For more healthy fats in your diet, add some avocado. This will increase your fats and calories, which are needed for a well-balanced diet. Avocado is great in a green smoothie in the morning, on toast, diced up as a side dish or in a salad. You can also use it as a healthy dip for whole grain crackers or raw veggies.
Lastly, I eat a small apple prior to working out or if I need a boost of energy. Apples are great source of fiber and vitamin C. These can be eaten alone, or added to foods such as oatmeal or smoothies as a sweetener.