Living a healthier lifestyle can be as easy as taking a few baby steps. You don’t need to suddenly be vegan and workout 6 days a week. If you’re just starting out, consider completing a few small steps first instead of diving in completely.
A good way to do this is through small every day choices such as opting for grilled instead of fried, or choosing to drink water instead of soda. You can also consider including a few “superfoods” in your diet. Superfoods refer to natural food sources that have concentrated and large amount of nutrients. Think of them as nutrients powerhouses. Eat these types of foods often, and you’re on your way to higher levels of well-being and a healthier life in general.
1. Berries – Considered as one of the best antioxidants out there, research has shown that they’re great at fighting illnesses. Berries are rich in Vitamin C, fiber, and folate. The best thing about them is that they taste good too. Berries are so delectable, that including them in your diet is practically effortless.
2. Quinoa – Need a boost in fiber and protein? Then Quinoa could be the Superfood for you. Classified as whole grain, one cup consists of 28 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber. More and more households are ditching rice for Quinoa because of the latter’s health properties. It cooks just like rice, but it has different texture that may take a little getting used to.
3. Salmon – If you love your heart, then should definitely learn to love salmon. This fish is rich in Omega-3 Fatty acids, which is known to lower the risk of heart disease. Additionally, salmon contains vitamin A and B vitamins, and it is also rich in protein. In addition to being good for the heart, research has shown that this fish is also good for the brain and nervous system. One of the best things about salmon is that there are a lot ways to cook it. If you’re a fan of sushi or sashimi, consider opting for salmon the next time you head to your favorite Japanese restaurant. Not a fan of raw fish? Salmon also serves as a delectable meal when its baked, grilled, or smoked.
4. Lentils – This legume is packed with protein, iron, folate, and potassium. Aside from also being rich in antioxidants, Lentils can help fight anemia as well. If you’re trying to lose weight, then this is a type of food that you should definitely include in your diet. Lentils has slow-burning protein and fiber than can boost weight loss by keeping you full for an extra 2 to 4 hours.
5. Edamame – These beans are so much more than an appetizer in a Japanese restaurant. Edamame (also known as green soybean) is high in protein and fiber, but low in fat. It’s consider as one of the healthiest soy products (even beating tofu) and it’s great for those who need to lower their cholesterol levels.