When a friend first made the pitch for twice weekly beet intake, I was skeptical. My limited previous experience with beets always ended in a messy failure.
Easing into the idea, I opted for beet juice. While it’s true that this variety — like any fruit or vegetable juice — has elevated levels of naturally-occurring sugar, the health benefits more than balance data printed on the label.
Rather than focusing on one or two go-to options, however, knowing the advantages of different foods help you look and feel better than ever. Here’s a sampling of the best foods for overall wellness:
Despite a prior bad rap, new research has confirmed moderate egg consumption doesn’t result in elevated cholesterol levels. Rich in high-quality protein, this versatile food helps you feel fuller for longer. In addition, eggs with the yolk are a good source of Vitamin D.
At least one type of berry is always in season. Often described as “nature’s candy,” berries are great-tasting and packed with powerful antioxidants and nutrients. They’re also full of fiber and water, both of which help you not only feel full, but also aid in digestion. Popular varieties of berries include strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and more.
3) Canned Tuna
While fresh always works best, don’t let rumors keep you away from canned tuna. This food is high in protein and low in saturated fat. In addition, the omega-3 fatty acids help regulate blood sugar levels. Tuna is great on its own, in a salad, or when mixed with light mayonnaise and relish as part of a sandwich.
4) Chicken Soup
It really is good for the soul! Opt for non-condensed verities (homemade is best) to regulate sodium and saturated fat. Since, “traditional” chicken soup features all food groups, it’s no wonder many people pick it as their ‘go-to’ when feeling under the weather.
5) Beans, Lentils, Chickpeas, and Legumes
Rich in both protein and complex carbohydrates, beans are a health food powerhouse. Studies have found that even moderate bean intake aids in managing depression.
…and many more!
This is just a small sampling of the amazing health benefits that different foods provide. I highly encourage you to do further research — based on your own dietary preferences and requirements — to find more healthy options that will contribute to elevated mood, increased physical endurance, and improved overall wellness. ■
by Raul Lisneski
Health and Wellness Editor
Residential Life Magazine