You’ve probably heard the saying “you are what you eat” more than a few times. And when you think about it, it’s true. The food you put into your body in large part determines the kind of life you live. Eating healthy foods, along with sneaking a workout routine into your day, means you have better health, more energy, and a brighter outlook on life.
These decisions, in turn, help you to save money because you drastically decrease your healthcare costs. In addition, these foods are mostly inexpensive, which can also impact your spending and saving goals. Following a healthier lifestyle also gives you more of the energy and focus you need to be more productive at work.
Many people aren’t sure what they should be eating. According to the recent report, F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011 from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), adult obesity rates increased in 28 states in 2010. 38 states now have an obesity rate higher than 25%, and that’s justobesity rates. The study didn’t look at the number of overweight adults. In fact, most recent statistics state that over two-thirds of the American population is either overweight or obese.
So, what can we do to reverse this trend? We have to eat healthy foods and exercise, even if it means we work out at home without equipment. Moreover, we need to start adding some of those essential foods that are nutritional powerhouses to our diets. On that note, here’s a list of superfoods that you should try to eat everyday:
Mushrooms are thick and hearty. As a vegetarian, I eat a lot of mushrooms because they add depth and flavor to dishes that call for beef, and they’re just plain delicious. Mushrooms are full of phytochemicals, which help fight disease. Reader’s Digest reports that mushrooms are full of minerals that we often don’t get enough of, like potassium and copper.
When you use mushrooms in place of beef, you can cut out 400 calories from your meal. If you’re concerned about not having enough protein, you can eat mushrooms with a side dish of beans. As an added bonus, mushrooms may help prevent breast cancer by regulating a woman’s estrogen levels.
One lemon has more than 100% your daily vitamin C intake. This consumption can also help increase your HDL, or “good,” cholesterol levels. Also, the citrus flavonoids found in lemons may help deter the growth of cancer cells. When you add some lemon to your green tea, it increases your body’s ability to absorb the tea’s antioxidants by 80%. Learn more about the benefits of lemons and lemon water. Other fruits rich in vitamin C include cantaloupe, grapefruit, oranges, and strawberries.
3. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate, when consumed in moderate amounts, can do your body a world of good. It helps reduce blood pressure and LDL, or “bad”, cholesterol levels. It’s also chock full of antioxidants and flavonoids, which helps your body fight off infections and cancers. Apples, onions, peanuts, and red wine also include flavonoid compounds.
Walnuts are a wonderful source of omega-3 fatty acids, which lower your LDL, “bad,” cholesterol, and raise your HDL, “good,” cholesterol. Omega-3s also help boost your mood, fight cancer, are a great source of protein, and are loaded with antioxidants. The FDA states that eating one ounce of nuts a day, including almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, and pecans, can also reduce your risk of heart disease.