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15 Of The Best Foods To Eat Daily (Part 1)

Written by Courteney

Posted on August 7, 2016 at 12:24 am

Diet has such a bearing on our overall health and well-being. Making the right food choices could help prevent the development of major illness such as cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes. For this reason, we wanted to share our top 15 favorite nutritious food choices to introduce to your daily menu. The first 7 are:

  1. Dark greens – Spinach, kale or broccoli are great daily food choices. Dark green veggies are among the best foods you can consume, and you can’t overdo it because they are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals like calcium and iron, carotenoids and antioxidants. So try some raw broccoli for a snack, or cooked greens any chance you can get (you can sneak these veggies into all kinds of recipes).
  2. Beans and lentils – Rich in fiber and protein (even acting as a good stand-in for meat), beans and lentils enjoy a great reputation for good reason. They are low in calories and high in vitamins and nutrients. Some studies have even illustrated a link between eating plenty of lentils and a lower risk for certain types of cancer.
  3. Oats – Not only are they versatile and delicious, but oats are also a good heart-healthy food choice, as they have been linked with helping control blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels. So add them to your breakfast (or baking) menu today to reap the benefits.
  4. Nuts – We’re sure you’re wise to the perks of eating nuts: they are high in protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and other nutrients, so don’t forget them when it comes time for a snack. You should be especially inclined to munch on macadamias, brazil nuts, walnuts and almonds. Just be sure to utilize strict portion control as many nuts are high in calories and fat, so stick to a handful a day.
  5. Seeds – Many seeds (like flaxseed) contain high levels of fiber and protein. They are also known to be good for the skin, brain, bones and immune system. They also contain thiamin which helps stabilize and control the heart.
  6. Cherries – These little red fruits have been used to help control conditions like gouty arthritis for centuries because of their natural anti-inflammatory properties. So anyone who suffers from inflammation (or simply wants to keep it at bay) should start routinely adding cherries to your dessert menu. However, you may want to stick to just 10-12 cherries daily if you are concerned about too many additional calories.
  7. Greek yogurt – This may be one of the healthiest dairy choices around. It contains less lactose than most other yogurts, double the protein as well as a plethora of vitamins and nutrients. So the next time you’re craving a creamy dairy-based treat, try some low-fat Greek yogurt and some fruit!

Thanks for visiting DocChat! Stay tuned for the next 8 of our 15 best daily foods next time!

 

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