You Are What You Eat: The Top Three Foods to Help You Feel Your Best
Whether it is to lose weight, provide all day energy, or just to stay fit, diet plays a huge role in our overall health. However, it can be hard to determine what’s going to help you achieve your goals and what to look for in a food. It’s important to know the benefits of the vitamins and minerals found in foods, as this will help determine what the food will do for you (other than fill you up). So, here’s a start- we’ve outlined the top three foods that provide the best nutritional benefits to keep you happy and healthy.
Avocado has become a popular ingredient at trendy health restaurants and in health food recipes for a reason- it has some amazing benefits! Although there is approximately 21 grams of fat in an average 234 calorie avocado, this is not necessarily a bad thing. The fats found in avocado are mainly unsaturated fatty acids, meaning it is a much healthier alternative to saturated fats, which are what we typically think of when thinking of fat content in foods. On top of this, the fats found in avocados can help your body absorb other important nutrients. For example, vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, so the presence of fat from an avocado will help your body maximize your vitamin D intake.
On top of healthy fats, avocado also contains a rich variety of nutrients including potassium, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, and folate, all of which contribute to a healthy well-balanced diet. To top it all off, avocado is delicious and versatile- It can be used to make guacamole (which contains other healthy vegetables), avocado toast, as an ingredient in smoothies, and even as a substitute for butter when baking (Holy Guacamole!), so there are plenty of ways to reap the benefits of this nutritious fruit.
Broccoli is a vegetable that is incredibly nutrient-dense and low in calories, making it a great food for those looking to stay fuller longer. Broccoli not only has lots of antioxidants and protects from free radicals, but also serves as a great source of potassium, fiber, vitamin K, folate, and vitamin C. In fact, a 1 cup serving of broccoli has more vitamin C than an orange! This not only supports the immune system but also helps produce collagen- an important protein in the body that is essential for bone, joint, hair, nail, and skin health. Despite its various benefits, not everyone is huge on the vegetable, but there are plenty of ways to prepare broccoli in a way that adds delicious flavor, so you can benefit from all the vitamins it provides while enjoying it at the same time. Raw broccoli dipped in ranch dressing is a classic, however seasoned and steamed is also a fan favorite. Adding it to a stir-fry and also getting the nutrients from other vegetables in tandem is also a yummy option to enjoy this nutrient packed veggie, but the possibilities are endless.
Blueberries are an absolute powerhouse in the health foods division. Their seemingly endless list of health benefits combined with their sweet and delicious taste makes them a hard-to-resist healthy snack, smoothie ingredient, or acai bowl topping. Blueberries are tiny but mighty, containing fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin C, as well as powerful antioxidants. On top of this, they have no cholesterol, making them an extremely heart-healthy food. What’s even better is how easy it is to incorporate them into your diet. Put them in pancakes, waffles, muffins, smoothies, on top of oatmeal, yogurt, or acai bowls, or add them to a fruit salad to enjoy as a powerful immunity boosting snack. If you’d like, you can even buy a pack and eat them on their own, they’re incredibly delicious no matter how you eat them.