Top 10 Healthy yet Delicious Food Items
All of us know the importance of being healthy and staying healthy, but how many of us actually follow this principle which has been drummed into our heads by everyone since we were children, starting from teachers to parents or even random articles like this one? I bet it is not too many of us. But how fun would it be if we actually eating the food items which are healthy for us? I think that most of us would at least give healthy eating a try. And who knows, we might even enjoy it. Healthy does not always mean “boring”, as we will soon see. And you can always mix and match different healthy food items to create something totally unique as well as interesting and which will tickle your taste buds. You may even feel a sense of accomplishment – after all, you created a wonderful recipe which is not only healthy but which most of us would not mind eating. In fact, we might even love eating. So, this is an ideal situation in which to practice your budding chef like skills and inclinations. What are you waiting for? Put your chef hat on and start experimenting! However, this list might be of some use to you, since we will be detailing the top ten foods which are healthy as well as tasty. So read on and experiment with food –
Apples are an obvious choice in this list since it is tasty and full of natural sugars which are good for your body. In fact, it is also a great source of antioxidants which help in combating free radicals which can cause harm to our body. It also contains in it polyphenols which are a type of antioxidants which may even help to extend lifespans. It is often termed as a “miracle fruit” by researchers who study the apple and its impact on our bodies. Also, a study has shown that when apples are consumed daily, it helps to lower the bad cholesterol in our bodies and increases the good cholesterol. What is more that it has been shown that fruits such as apple help to reduce the risk of stroke by a whooping fifty two percent. So, get munching!
Almonds are included in this list because, apart from the common knowledge that almonds are extremely tasty and yummy, it is also pretty dense in many nutrients such as magnesium, Vitamin E, iron, calcium, fibre and riboflavin. It also helps a lot in maintaining the healthy cholesterol levels of our body. It also has more fibre than any other nuts grown on trees, so that is a major plus. The fatty acids of almonds are comprised of 91-94% unsaturated fats which primarily help in the maintenance of good cholesterol. Moreover, research has shown that people who eat about 1.5 ounces of dry roasted and lightly salted almonds have no increase in weight while going through a loss of appetite and increase in vitamin E and the “good” fats. Its nutrients also have effects which protect the heart and can help in prolong life by preventing heart diseases and cancer.
Broccoli, when cooked correctly, can be quite tasty as I am sure most of you will agree with me. Moreover, it is very rich in many vital nutrients that we need such as calcium, potassium, folate, fibre and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are compounds which can reduce the risk of developing heart diseases, diabetes and even some cancers. Also, broccoli is a great source of vitamin C, even more so than oranges! Amazing, right? It is also a good source of beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant. It also contains sulforphane which is anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory and moreover, even helps in preventing osteoarthritis, which is a very common form of arthritis.
Blueberries are so tasty, I bet many of us would eat plenty of it even if it had no health benefits! But, fortunately, it has a lot of benefits and are full of fibre, antioxidants and phytonutrients which can be found in plants. Although phytonutrients are not really necessary for keeping us alive, they help a lot in preventing diseases and keeps us healthy. According to studies, older people who consume blueberries are less likely to suffer from cognitive decline than their counterparts who do not eat blueberries. Moreover, blueberries can also help in curbing obesity since the polyphenols in blueberries can also help in reducing the development of fat cells, also known as adipogenesis, while also starting the breakdown of lipids and fats, also called lipolysis.
6. Oily Fish
This is a great option for non vegetarians to try out! All of us have probably heard how good oily fishes are for health, and let me tell you, it was not being exaggerated. Oily fishes are an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are great in providing benefits for heart diseases and helps to keep the nervous system healthy as well. These fishes are also a source of vitamin A and vitamin D. Scientists have even found out that it can slow prostrate cancer if taken in a low fat diet, overall. And moreover, it could reduce any risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Even one portion a day works to reduce the risk by fifty percent!
5. Leafy greens
Leafy greens, despite what many kids think of it, can actually be pretty tasty in combination with a few other food items as it helps to bring out the flavour as well as imparts a distinct taste. In fact, many of us actually have it by itself too, because with the right dressing, it can be quite a treat. Leafy greens like spinach can also help in reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, as many studies have shown. It is also a rich source of antioxidants, especially when cooked lightly or served raw. It has a host of nutrients as well, which includes vitamins A, C, E and K, and minerals like selenium, niacin, zinc, phosphorus, copper, folic acid, potassium, calcium, manganese, betaine and iron.
4. Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes, apart from being so delicious, is also really healthy. It is an excellent source of beta carotene, complex carbohydrates, dietary fibre, vitamin C and a few other nutrients. Sweet potatoes are the best source of iron, calcium, complex carbohydrates, vitamin A, protein and vitamin C when it is compared to other vegetables.
3. Wheat germ
Wheat germ is another delicious food which is also super healthy. It is rich in various essential nutrients, such as vitamin E, thiamin, zinc, magnesium, folic acid, phosphorus and essential fatty acids along with fatty alcohols. Makes for a perfect treat for your body as well as taste buds, right?
Avocados, apart from being so yummy, is also a great food for your health. Avocado is a rich source of healthy fat, which also helps you to control your weight and are a great source of vitamin K, vitamin E as well as B vitamins. It is also rich in fibre, both soluble and insoluble. The regular consumption of avocados also lowers your bad cholesterol levels.
One of the tastiest breakfast options probably is oatmeal, especially if you mix it with a few yummy fruits. Oatmeal is a great source of fiber as well as complex carbohydrates. It is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, folate, potassium and B vitamins. So, dig in!