Looking for a way to boost your family’s health with just a few changes? Check out our list of the top 10 healthy foods that are easily incorporated into snacks, drinks, and meals. Whether you are looking for a quick healthy snack, or a full meal for dinner, these ideas will get your healthy juices flowing.
Lemons are amazing for your health. Homemade lemonade, anyone? One lemon has over 100% of the daily recommended dosage for Vitamin C. They also have anti-inflammatory agents and cancer-growth inhibitors. Great for cleansing, freshening, and flavoring!
Yes, even “green trees” can be tasty! One of my family’s all-time favorite ways to eat broccoli is to make a very simple broccoli soup—saute a head of broccoli in a deep pan in about two tablespoons of butter, then add two 48-oz. cartons of chicken stock. Simmer until broccoli is soft, and puree in a food processor. Season with salt and pepper. This soup is a great way to add calcium and protein, magnesium and zinc to your meals without turning to heavier meats and poultry.
3 Plain Yogurt
Plain yogurt is another excellent source of protein, potassium, zinc, magnesium, and vitamins B6 and B12. Flavor with honey and add berries for a cool summer treat!
Did you know that mangoes are one of the least likely fruits to be contaminated with pesticides? The fruit is also full of fiber, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C. Peeled frozen mango chunks are a great way to make summer smoothies taste tropical. Or blend with a banana for a delicious raw pudding.
5 Leafy greens
Leafy greens are the powerhouses of the vegetable world. Green kale, spinach, collard greens—these are only a few options that you can use for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. For breakfast, try blending three kale leaves, two bananas, a bit of honey (to taste), ice, and about a quarter cup of water. Blend into a delicious green smoothie! Use leafy greens for a quick and delicious side dish for lunch and dinner.
6 Garbanzo Beans
What a versatile little bean! Garbanzos, which are an excellent source of fiber, starch, and protein, are excellent on salads, as a bean dip, or simply in a handful for a quick snack of protein. They can also be mixed with other grains for a tasty casserole.
Here’s another tasty snack that is chock-full of nutrition. Besides loading you with protein, fiber, and potassium, almonds help you keep your blood sugar steady. They will also moderate your insulin spike if you eat a super-starchy meal. Raisin-almond balls are a delicious and fast snack that you might try: simply blend equal amounts of almonds and raisins in a food processor until the mixture resembles fudge. Roll in carob powder if desired. Yum-O!
These juicy jewels are a delicious snack during the summer, and have plenty of health benefits. Perhaps the best one is that watermelon is a delicious, no-sodium, no-fat, low-calorie food. It also contains plenty of Vitamins A and C; and is an excellent source of fiber.
9 Olive Oil
Olive oil is one of the best natural foods available. It is a great source for unprocessed, monounsaturated fats. In fact, did you know that you could live on olive oil alone? Premature twins who could not nurse or even bottle feed have grown into healthy young women simply because their grandmother took them home from the hospital and rubbed them down with olive oil at least three times a day! (As a side note, they won a beauty contest as young teenagers!)
The humble tomato boasts an amazing road to glory, and starts our top ten healthy foods list. They are powerful sources of cancer-inhibiting agents,and may reduce your risk of heart disease. They are also known to increase prostate health and lower cholesterol. Use them in pasta dishes, salads, or simply with a little sea salt for a snack.