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Include these five healthy foods in your diet



A balanced diet is important to your overall health. What you eat can help you feel your healthiest on the inside and look your best on the outside. Good choices are foods that add vitamins, minerals and fiber to your daily menu. You can’t go wrong with the following:

1.) Whole grains. When you can, swap in whole grain versions of foods like pasta, bread and rice. Whole grains also include foods such as oatmeal, quinoa, bulgur and even popcorn. These foods contain dietary fiber, iron, and other vitamins and minerals that may help lower your risk of heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.

2.) Leafy greens. Leafy greens such as spinach, collard greens and kale contain antioxidants, fiber and vitamins. If you find it difficult incorporating these into your diet, try adding some greens to smoothies,  soups, on sandwiches or even as a side dish.

3.) Lean proteins. A lot of the time, we plan our meals around what protein will be the star of the dish. When doing so, it’s important to choose lean proteins such as chicken, turkey, tofu or fish. Since they are lower in saturated fat than beef or pork, these proteins may help you lose weight while also helping you build muscle tissue. Did you know that fish is recommended twice a week and can be prepared many different ways? Try salmon or flounder tacos for a quick and easy dinner!  If you don’t eat much meat, tofu or legumes are great protein sources that can be prepared in many different ways.

4.) Healthy fats. Fat-containing foods help your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins. And if you choose foods containing unsaturated fats, they can boost your good health. Fat-containing foods such as avocados, olive oil, eggs, and fatty fish (such as salmon) give your body nutrients. This helps you feel energized and can also help you feel fuller for longer, thus reducing cravings and helping you avoid overeating.

5.) Seeds, nuts and legumes. Choices like black beans, chickpeas, lentils, cashews and chia seeds provide  protein and fiber, helping you stay energized throughout the day. Nuts and seeds are a perfect snack to help you feel full until lunch. If you have trouble incorporating these foods into your diet, try adding a serving in place of carbs for one meal.

Try these foods today!
Try adding one (or all!) of the above choices to your diet. Slowly modifying your menu to include healthier foods can help create healthy eating habits that stick.

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*This article is for informational purposes only, and is not meant as medical advice.