Luckily for us, we don’t have to look far and wide for healthy foods to incorporate into our diet. It won’t amaze you that some foods are healthier than other ones. Therefore, I’ve gathered five foods that, if eaten regularly, can improve your health majorly. So, are you ready to take in, write down, and memorize these healthy eats? Then read on, my friend!
This vegetable is a staple in many kitchens. We often put slices of cucumber in salads or in smoothies. We don’t always realize how healthy the foods that we take for granted are. Cucumbers are for 95% percent made up of water. This makes it an ideal snack for refreshment and hydration Research has shown that cucumbers are full of antioxidants, which fight free radicals in the body. Eating cucumbers, along with other certain fruits, can help reduce the chance of developing chronic diseases.
I love to eat figs! Especially fresh ones; they’re sweet to taste and filling. Fresh figs are available in the summer months whereas dried figs can be purchased throughout the year. Figs are an excellent source of fiber, which helps you keep satisfied for a longer time (perfect for those who want to lose weight) and alleviates constipation. Also, if you want to lower your blood pressure, figs are your best friends. Dried figs are the best choice you can make for superior quality antioxidants.
I try to eat dates every. single. day. You won’t believe how nutritious and beneficial for your health they are. Dates are full of potassium, iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, and certain B-vitamins. Dried dates have the highest amount of polyphenols among the dried fruits. Polyphenols are plant-based chemicals that help your health in various ways. Dates are also full of fiber so they are, just like figs, very satisfying. What an added bonus is, is that they would make a perfect refined sugar-free snack!
We often hear that olive oil is a healthy fat and that we should incorporate this more in our diet. But, the whole foods of olive oil, i.e. olives, are amazingly healthy too. Olives are packed with iron, copper, fiber, calcium, and vitamin E. Calcium is essential for bone health and Iron helps with and prevents anemia. Just grab a handful delicious olives, or throw some in your salad and you’re good to go! Edit: canned olives are conserved in water with (a lot of) salt. If you want to reduce your salt intake, it’s best to rinse them thoroughly before eating.
There’s some good news for the chocolate lovers out there! Dark chocolate (70% and above) is super healthy! It contains a great deal of Iron, Copper, Manganese, Magnesium and other minerals like Potassium, Zinc, and Selenium (source). Also, dark chocolate is loaded with flavonoids which helps prevent cardiovascular diseases by lowering blood pressure (source no. 2). If you’re by the way looking to add something to your dark chocolate, banana slices are an excellent choice to make!
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