5 Healthy Foods To Add In Your Diet

5 Healthy Foods To Add In Your Diet

With so many healthy options out there, it can be seem difficult to develop even a basic diet plan. A nutrition expert would be an ideal place to start; however, this is not always the most affordable Choice. An active lifestyle with low calorie intake is required to get and maintain a fit physique; so we've composed a list of our top 5 foods that we feel would be a great addition or start to any diet plan.

Avocados - Yes, you heard right! Avocados are (despite the confusion) NOT a vegetable. In fact, they are berries belonging to the lauraceae plant family, making it also a relative to Cinnamon (Harvard). Not only are avocados a great source of fiber, they are full of healthy fats meaning that you stay full and energized for longer. Packed with essential nutrients and vitamins this berry is sure to get your diet started on the right track.

Lean Beef - With the meat industry as a whole developing a bad wrap within the last decade, it's no surprise that it is a overlooked the topic of health arises. When trimmed and consumed properly lean beef can be used as a major source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, niacin, zinc and iron in any healthy diet. Studies have shown that lean beef has the potential to lower cholesterol levels and poses no significant cardiovascular threat. Now for those lean taco Tuesdays!

Quinoa - Often marketed as a "superfood", Quinoa most certainly lives up to its reputation. This seed contains several essential amino acids, and is a highly nutritional substitution for rice, and breakfast cereal. Along with lowering risk for disease, a few other benefits from adding this plant to your diet are; having a healthy heart, healthier skin, lower lower blood pressure and many more advantages. Over 13% of the daily value of vitamin b6 can also be found inside this powerful seed making it a must have to our diet list.

Yogurt - Known primarily for its digestive health benefits, yogurt is a cornerstone to any dieting foundation. It contains beneficial bacterial cultures, making it a potential source of probiotics (Fernandez). Yogurt is a great source of protein, calcium, and even contributes to the developing of skeletal muscle mass. It's also is low in calories and high in protein; and when paired with fruit the results are even more tremendous. Swap out your old favorite snack for this new healthy treat!

Kale - Growing in popularity over the last few decades, Kale has shown significant advantage for wellbeing. When added to healthy meal Kale provides essential vitamins like K, A, and C; it is also a major source of dietary fiber which is often overlooked in many plans. This superfood is low in calorie count making it the ideal snack and used often to fight obesity. Also found inside Kale is Beta-carotene, and vitamin A, which are necessary for the growth and maintenance of all body tissues, including the skin and hair (Ware). Add to your salad, or even trade in the potato chips for some Kale chips today and start to reap the many benefits this plant has to offer.

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