14 Healthy Foods You’ll Actually Want To Eat

Healthy Foods

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring! Lucky for us, the foods on this list are delicious AND provide much needed macro and micronutrients needed for a balanced diet!

 

Whole Eggs

 

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Not only are eggs referred to as “nature’s multivitamin” for their amazing nutritional profile, but they are just so easy to incorporate into your daily routine! Scrambled eggs take 5 minutes from start to finish. You can meal prep a week’s worth of mini-frittatas in a muffin tin. Hard boiled eggs are perfect to mash up with avocado for a lighter egg salad or they go great on salads, sandwiches or even on their own. Apart from their low-carb, high protein and egg-cellent fat content, one large egg contains varying amounts of almost every vitamin and mineral required by the human body! That said, 1-3 eggs per day would be a great addition to any meal plan. Read more about why eggs are so awesome (including how they don’t affect your cholesterol) on healthline.com!

 

Cruciferous Veggies

 

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Fiber, fiber fiber! Cruciferous is a family of vegetables that include arugula, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, radishes and turnips. What makes them great is that for foods that are surprisingly low in calories, they are all rich in folate, vitamins C, E and K and a fantastic amount of fiber. This makes cruciferous vegetables an excellent choice to fill up on since you can enjoy more of them, stay fuller, longer after you eat AND enjoy all the benefits of those macro and micronutrients! If you’re not a huge fan of cooking, broccoli and cauliflower can be eaten raw with some dip and leafy greens like arugula and kale make a great base for salads.

 

Greek Yogurt

 

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Move over milk! Greek yogurt is slowly but surely being recognized as the real MVP of health & fitness fans out there. This is due in part to the fact that is has more protein and less carbs than milk, with just a little less calcium. Not only is it an easy meal on its own, but you can top it with an array of healthy nuts, berries and seeds for a fully-loaded breakfast as well as use it as a healthy alternative in baking and cooking. You can use it instead of mayonnaise, sour cream or heavy cream to save on calories while adding quality protein. Not all Greek yogurts are created equal however. Opt for plain instead of the flavored to skip on the sugar. Sweeten it with berries and even some honey if you dislike the plain.

 

Avocado

 

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Is it any surprise to see this fan-favorite superfood on here? The avocado has soared in popularity not just because of its delicious creaminess, but it also contains a wide variety of nutrients – specifically their healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber and array of vitamins and minerals like folate, potassium and vitamin K. Avocados are not only fantastic in guacamole, but are easy to incorporate in your diet mashed up on toast, on top of steak and chicken, cubed on top of a salad or even blended into a smoothie. Since avocados are high in calories, a serving size is best kept to half an avocado per day. Read more about this superfood on healthline.com!

 

Quinoa

 

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Getting the necessary amount of fiber each day is important for a healthy digestive tract, as well as balanced cholesterol & blood sugar levels and a healthy weight. Quinoa has more than twice as much fiber as most grains, with 17-27 grams per cup depending on which variety of quinoa you get. Not only is the fiber great, but quinoa happens to contain all the essential amino acids (9 altogether), so it is one of the few foods that are a complete protein. There are 8 grams of quality protein per cup of quinoa, making it a smart and tasty swap for rice and an excellent addition to any recipe. You can prepare it savory or sweet too which makes it super fun to experiment with.

 

Nuts and Nut Butters

 

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Not only are nuts a super convenient snack, but they also cover all the bases of nutrition with a great assortment of carbs, protein and healthy fats. They are calorically dense, so it is important to note portion sizes before diving in, but they make a great addition to salads, smoothie bowls, yogurt and an excellent finishing touch on cooked dishes. Nut butters are a fun way to reap the nutritional benefits of nuts too, just check the label to be wary of sugar!

 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 

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We hope you’ve noticed that healthy fats are kind of a big deal in any diet! Allow us to present the King of healthy fat – olives! The reason we specify extra virgin olive oil? It is just a higher quality than generic olive oil. This healthy fat comes out on top because it is 73% monounsaturated fat (a fatty acid that has been linked to reduce inflammation) and it’s loaded with powerful antioxidants (a huge proponent of cell regeneration). Great ways to get more in your diet include cooking with it and adding it to salad dressings! Don’t go too hard though, it is high in calories with about 120 calories per tablespoon!

 

Salmon

 

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Even if you’re not a fish person, there are lots of reasons to consider giving salmon another shot. Salmon is loaded with nutrients, but it’s biggest benefit is its omega-3 fatty acid content (healthy fats again?!) These fats have been linked to decreased inflammation, lower blood pressure and improved cell function overall. What makes these salmon fats so special is the fact that our body can’t create them, they can only be obtained via diet – and salmon is the perfect way to do so! In addition to these awesome fats, salmon is a lean protein AND source of B vitamins. All of these awesome benefits… and it’s a low calorie food?! Definitely ask for salmon the next chance you get!

 

Chickpeas

 

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Complex carbs, plant-based protein, fabulous fiber and a unique array of vitamins and minerals, garbanzos are a legume that have exploded in popularity, specifically the vegetarian community. This excellent combination of both macro and micronutrients make it a smart choice to star in or add to a bunch of dishes. It also makes an excellent meat alternative, just spice em’ up the way you would meat, roast, then add to sandwiches, sauces, pasta, pizza, etcetera the way you would meat! You can also enjoy the benefits of chickpeas by adding them to salads or whipping up some hummus to use on sandwiches or as a dip!

 

Dark Chocolate

 

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That’s right, chocolate is on here, but probably not what you’re thinking. The type of chocolate we are mentioning here are 70%+ cocoa, meaning it is far less sweet and actually more on the bitter side than the chocolate we cross in day-to-day life. Not only is dark chocolate one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet, but also a good amount of fiber and lots of iron, magnesium, copper, manganese and other minerals. You can incorporate dark chocolate into your diet by including it in smoothies, shaving on top of oatmeal or yogurt or breaking off 1 square of a bar for dessert every night.

 

Asparagus

 

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Let us blow your mind for a minute – asparagus officinalis is a member of the lily family! We don’t see the resemblance, but would take asparagus over lilies any day! Low in calories, low in carbs and packed with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, including asparagus in your weekly rotation is a nutritionally smart decision for any diet. On top of a large amount of vitamin K, fiber and even some protein, it also contained amazing antioxidants making it great for digestion and overall cellular health.

 

Turmeric

 

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Many are familiar with turmeric as the main spice used in Indian cooking and curries. It comes in root or powder form and has a warm, earthy taste that goes great on meat, eggs, veggies, sauces and beyond! Not only does turmeric bring a unique taste to the table, but a whole host of benefits. Through dietary consumption over a long period of time – even at low levels – turmeric has proven itself to be an effective antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antioxidant, antiseptic, cardioprotective, and digestive agent. It’s easy to add turmeric into your diet – you can add it to eggs, roasted on veggies, in soups, sauces and even smoothies!

 

What’s a tasty food that makes you feel great? Tag us with #BestMarket, we would love to see!

March 22, 2019