Clean eating and physical exercise go together like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West…. they have nothing in common, but somehow they work better together!
There are no foods on this planet that will cause you to be 100% healthy by eating just one food alone. You truly need to consume a variety of foods from each of these food groups every day to be healthy. Making sure your diet contains several of these food is the simplest diet you could follow.
You can never go wrong by adding a few fresh berries as a quick and easy energy snack, but frozen berries packed at peak freshness are just as healthy in a delicious smoothie. All berries are high in vitamin-C, but many are high in other nutrients as well. Ripe blueberries don’t only contain vitamin-C, but also heaps of anti-oxidants for a healthy circulatory system. Gogi berries are less well-know, but becoming more popular and easier to find, and are wonderfully rich in many other nutrients your body needs.
The foods of the citrus family are widely recognized as a valuable source of vitamin-C. Choosing ripe citrus fruits pack the best nutritional value. Tree ripened fruits picked at peak ripeness and consumed with hours of picking give you the most nutritional value. Grapefruits are a great choice for breakfast. Try a splash of fresh squeezed lemon or lime to your salad as a dressing. Enjoy slices of orange with coconut pieces in a light honey dressing for luscious dessert.
There are so many amazing vegetables to choose, but each vegetable group provides many of the minerals required in a good diet. For example, you may already know that potassium is necessary for healthy diet and can be found in bananas, but did you also know that you can also get adequate potassium by eating a stalk of broccoli? Try a salad of fresh young spinach topped with pine nuts and stirred with lightly cooked whole wheat penne.
Like most food groups, choosing only one type of whole grain doesn’t provide all the variety you need to be nutritionally sound. Mixing two or more whole grains together will likely give you complete proteins. For example, brown rice and wheat kernels with a spicy seasoning are a popular dish in many countries that provide the complete proteins you need in your diet.
Salmon! Salmon is lean fish and nutritionally one of the best fish choices you could possibly choose. It is rich in Omega-3 oils that are known to help improve brain function. Salmon baked whole with just squeeze of lemon or lime and some fresh herbs makes a fantastic dish.
Legumes are sometimes called pods with a single seed. Examples of edible legumes are soybeans, peas, dried beans and peanuts, among others. Legumes are rich in iron and high in fiber, making them excellent food choices. Peanuts are probably the most common type of legume used to make hundreds of different products.
Nature packs a lot of nutritional goodness into small packages. Almost everyone has heard walnuts and pecans are healthy snacks, but flax seeds are also good brain food that contain valuable non-meat sources of the Omega-3 oil.
Lean is the keyword here, and Americans eat far too much protein compared to the rest of the world. Cut down your portion size to 3 oz. to get all the protein needed for your day. Also, do your best to trim all visible fat from your protein source.
Depending on the type of tea you prefer, you can get an energy boost from a cup of green tea, or the relaxing effect of lemon chamomile tea. Herbal teas are soothing, great alternatives to sugary soda and good for you too, but non-herbal teas will help you to stay alert when you need it.
Olive oil is probably the healthiest substance you can choose to keep the healthy fats in your diet. You can use it in your salad and mix it with a little vinegar to create your own dressing.