How many times you’ve wanted to change your eating habits and start a healthier lifestyle but in the middle of the way find yourself reaching for the not so healthy options because you’re in a hurry or just don’t know what to fill your pantry with? If it’s been more than one, you’re not alone and I dare to say most of us have been in that situation in our lifetime.
The most important thing that you need to know is that eating healthy does NOT have to be boring, there is a massive amount of foods available to us that are both healthy and tasty. Even if you have allergies there should be something in this list that you might like and that will adapt to your dietary restrictions (if you have any).
Without anything else to say here is the ultimate guide of healthy foods, that will provide you with variety and tastiness without sacrificing the nutrients and benefits for our bodies.
FRUITS AND BERRIES:
The apple is high in fiber, vitamin C and numerous antioxidants. Apples are very fulfilling and perfect as snacks.
Avocados are different than most fruits, because they are loaded with healthy fats instead of carbs. They are creamy, tasty and high in fiber, potassium and vitamin C.
Bananas are among the world’s best sources of potassium. They are also high in vitamin B6 and fiber.
Blueberries are among the most powerful sources of antioxidants in the world.
Other Healthy Fruits
Lean beef is among the best sources of protein in existence, and loaded with highly bioavailable iron.
Chicken breast is low in fat and calories, but extremely high in protein. It is a great source of many nutrients.
Lambs are usually grass-fed, and their meat tends to be high in Omega-3 fatty acids.
NUTS, SEEDS AND PEANUTS:
It is loaded with vitamin E, antioxidants, magnesium and fiber and provides impressive benefits for metabolic health.
They are among the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. A single ounce (28 grams) contains 11 grams of fiber, and a large part of the recommended intake for magnesium, manganese, calcium and various other nutrients.
Coconuts are loaded with fiber and powerful fatty acids called medium-chain triglycerides.
They are much higher in monounsaturated fats, and lower in Omega-6 fatty acids, than most other nuts.
Walnuts are highly nutritious and loaded with fiber and all sorts of vitamins and minerals.
Bell peppers come in several colors, including red, yellow and green. They are crunchy and taste very sweet, and are a great source of antioxidants and vitamin C.
Broccoli tastes great both raw and cooked. It is an excellent source of fiber, vitamin K and vitamin C, and contains a decent amount of protein compared to other vegetables.
The carrot is a popular root vegetable. It is extremely tasty and crunchy, and loaded with nutrients like fiber and vitamin K. Carrots are also very high in carotene antioxidants, which have numerous benefits.
The cucumber is one of the world’s most popular vegetables. It is very low in both carbs and calories, and consists mostly of water. However, it does contain a number of nutrients in small amounts, including vitamin K.
Other Healthy Vegetables:
FISH AND SEAFOOD:
Salmon is a type of oily fish that is incredibly popular due to its excellent taste and high amount of nutrients, including protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. It also contains some vitamin D.
Sardines are small, oily fish that are among the most nutritious foods you can eat. They contain hefty amounts of the majority of nutrients required by the human body.
Shellfish isn’t eaten very often, which is a shame because it contains more nutrients than almost every other food. It ranks similar to organ meats when it comes to nutrient density. Edible shellfish includes clams, mollusks and oysters.
Shrimp tends to be low in fat and calories, but high in protein. It is also loaded with various other nutrients, including selenium and vitamin B12.
Tuna is very popular in Western countries, and tends to be low in fat and calories, but high in protein. It is perfect people who need to add more protein to their diets, while keeping calories low.
Rice is one of the oldest cereal grains, and is currently a staple food for more than half of people in the world. Brown (whole grain) rice is fairly nutritious, with a decent amount of fiber, vitamin B1 and magnesium.
Oats are incredibly healthy. They are loaded with nutrients, and also contain powerful fibers called beta-glucans, shown to have numerous benefits.
Quinoa has become incredibly popular among health conscious individuals in recent years. It is a tasty grain that is high in nutrients like fiber and magnesium. It is also an excellent source of plant-based protein.
Ezekiel bread may be the healthiest bread you can buy at the store. It is made from organic, sprouted whole grains, and also contains several types of legumes.
Homemade Low-Carb Breads
The safest choice for healthy bread is something that you make yourself. There is a lot of recipes for healthy breads that are gluten-free and low in carbs you just need to find the perfect one for you.
Green beans, also called string beans, are unripe varieties of the common bean. They are very popular in Western countries.
Kidney beans are loaded with various vitamins and minerals, and are very high in fiber. Just make sure to cook them properly, because they are toxic when raw.
Lentils are high in fiber and are among the best sources of plant-based protein.
Cheese is incredibly nutritious, and a single slice of it contains about the same nutrients as an entire cup of milk
Whole milk is very high in vitamins, minerals, quality animal protein and healthy fats. It is one of the best sources of calcium.
Yogurt is made from milk that is fermented by adding live bacteria to it. It has many of the same health effects as milk, except with the added benefits of the friendly probiotic bacteria.
FATS AND OILS:
Butter From Grass-Fed Cows
Butter from cows that were fed on grass is high in many important nutrients, including the very important vitamin K2.
It’s loaded with powerful fatty acids called medium chain triglycerides. Coconut oil may have benefits for Alzheimer’s disease.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra virgin olive oil is the healthiest fat on earth. It contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, and is very high in antioxidants with powerful health benefits.
They are loaded with potassium, and contain a little bit of almost every nutrient we need, including vitamin C. They are also incredibly fulfilling.
Sweet potatoes are among the most delicious starchy foods you can eat. They are loaded with antioxidants and all sorts of healthy nutrients.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR:
It’s incredibly popular in the natural health community. It can help lower blood sugar levels, cause modest weight loss and it’s great to use in salad dressings, and to add flavor to meals.
Not only is dark chocolate the most delicious food on this list, but it may also be the healthiest. Dark chocolate is loaded with fiber and magnesium, and is one of the most powerful sources of antioxidants in existence.