Did you know that 80% of weight loss is based on what you eat? And only 20% on exercising? It’s no surprise that a lot of us struggle with weight loss even though we may be exercising every day, especially if we don’t change our diet.
When I was in college, my mother and I made a deal to work on losing weight. The goal was 10 pounds. Besides my everyday exercise, I didn’t really exercise but I made a drastic change to my diet. I started counting calories using an app and I lost the 10 pounds. Because I was more conscious of my calories, I intentionally chose more healthy foods. There was a day during this that I desperately wanted ice cream, so I hardly ate anything that day so I could have my Ben & Jerry’s that night. It was good ice cream but it wasn’t worth starving myself for it. I should have just stuck to eating more healthy foods instead.
There’s more we can do than just counting calories or starving ourselves for our treat. If we eat better most of the time, then the occasional treat really isn’t that bad. Here is a list of 7 healthy foods to get you started on the right track towards a more healthy you.
No surprise here, apples are one of the best healthy foods you can eat. Not only do they have several great benefits but they also taste good too. Apples promote weight loss, are full of vitamin C, and contain antioxidants for heart health. The old adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” contains pretty good advice. For a little variety, try dipping your apples in a little bit of peanut butter; that’s my favorite way to eat them.
Almonds are another of my favorites because they make a great snack. Eaten raw, almonds also have high nutritional value. They help lower cholesterol, lower risk of weight gain, contain antioxidants, and help with blood sugar control because of the high concentration of Magnesium, just to name a few.
Ah, the infamous broccoli; nightmare vegetable of several children and even some adults. While I enjoy eating broccoli, there are several who don’t, but it is a very healthy food. It’s been linked to cancer prevention, cholesterol reduction, bone health, and several other health benefits. It may not be your favorite vegetable either but it’s worth eating.
Did you know that blueberries get their color from the same thing that makes them a possible prevention against cancer? These little flavonoids are called anthocyanins and they may help prevent the formation of tumor cells. In addition, blueberries also contain a very high dose of Vitamin C, antioxidants, and even boost brain health. When it comes to eating blueberries, I usually freeze mine and eat them that way. They make a great summer treat.
Salmon contains several health benefits and is another one of the best healthy foods you can find. Eating salmon can help decrease the risk of heart attack, stroke, arrhythmia, and high blood pressure. It can also help with joint protection, preventing macular degeneration in your eyes, and can even decrease the risk of depression. If you’re on a journey to a more healthy you, salmon is a great choice.
To be honest, this is not one I expected to find on the list but am glad I did. Sweet Potatoes are very good for you. They can decrease the risk of diabetes, lower blood pressure, and contain both Vitamins E and C. Sweet Potatoes also have an orange color which shows how much beta carotene they contain. Beta carotene may be a nutrient that helps in preventing cancer. With all of these benefits, sweet potatoes are definitely a healthy food to consider trying out.
The last food on this list is wheat germ. Wheat germ is highly nutritious and a great choice for a healthy food. Wheat germ contains antioxidants, omega 3’s, and Vitamin E. In addition, wheat germ also reduces chances of diabetes, reduces risk factors of cancer, and will give your body an energy boost. It also increases cardiovascular health, gives you more protein for muscle health, and boosts your immune system. Wheat germ is definitely one you should try out on your journey to a more healthy you.