The Top 5 Healthy Foods That You Need Every Day
As we all recover from the onslaught of decadent meals and constant winter-snacking, our bodies are going into complete repair mode from the change in diet (and weather too!)
Once everything calms down, a simple meal plan is my go-to for making sure that my body is supported and fully operating. Today, we’ll cover what my top 5 healthy foods are and how you can include them in each and every day!
Not only do these healthy foods promote reparative work in the body, but they also help to boost immunity from the cold and flu season looming around this time of the year.
One of my biggest changes this year has been changing my diet to incoporate more and more variety while still keeping it simple on the pantry and wallet.
It is SO important to have a diet that does not focus on one specific type of food. Not only does it add in variety to your meals, but it also introduces new proteins, fats, and carbs for your body to process.
This, in turn, makes your body more diverse in what nutrients it can pull from when it needs to help and heal you up!
So, if you’re wondering how to add something new to your diet, this is a good place to start.
Let’s take a look at these top 5 healthy foods and how you can add them in each and every day!
Dark, Leafy Greens
Kale, mustard greens, broccoli rabe, bok choy, Swiss chard, and of course, good ol’ broccoli and spinach. All of these are apart of the dark, leafy greens that are powerhouses for your body.
Jam packed with Vitamin K and antioxidants, these superfoods are known for protecting bones from osteoporosis and helping to prevent against inflammatory diseases.
Especially in winter, its easier to add in broccoli to just about any dinner for us. Pastas, stir-fry, as a side dish… You name it, it’s usually on the menu!
If you’re looking to spice up your leafy greens and have them by themselves or as side dishes, we have been quite addicted to Pretty Providence’s Best Broccoli Seasoning.
(And can personally confirm, it does work on all leafy greens!)
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When you’re passionate about health, cooking your superfoods can be quite a learning curve. There are so many options to help season, grease, and cook with that olive oil can be overlooked nowadays.
But hear me out, olive oil is one of the best for getting a boost of antioxidants. It’s packed with immune system boosts to give your food extra benefits.
My favorite olive oil and the one I keep going back to time and time again is Sky Organics Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Not only is it organic, but it’s cold pressed. When olive oil is cold pressed, it retains much of its flavor and isn’t extra processed as the warm/hot press procedure.
This is important especially if you use your olive oil cold, especially for salad dressings. The more flavor, the better!
Flax seeds are one of those under the radar type of healthy foods. It seems in the last few years, everyone figured out just how good these small, little seeds are for you! The seeds and their oil contain those heart-smart omega-3 fatty acids as well as cholesterol lowering fiber.
There are a ton of recipes out there for adding flax to nutritional drinks, smoothies, and all sorts of dishes you already enjoy. I’ve become a bit over-zealous about adding in flax to a lot of my deserts and snacks.
Recently, I snagged a recipe from Chef Savvy for her amazing, no bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites. This delicious, savory snack contains (you guessed it!) a heaping helping of flax.
You can check out the recipe here if you’re in the area for an amazing treat to your everyday.
Salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, and anchovies, these fish are my go-to when I’m looking for something light and healthy. Not only do they taste great when prepared, but they’re also packed with so many health benefits.
Their lean fillets contain up to 30 percent oil, specifically, omega-3 fatty acids. These oils are known to provide benefits for the heart, as well as the nervous system. They are also rich in vitamins A and D!
When preparing, these fish are best kept simple.
I love Erin’s recipe over at Well Plated for a simple, Balsamic Salmon that’s ready in 20 minutes. Plus it also includes olive oil so you can get two of these top healthy foods in one recipe! Check it out here!
If you haven’t given tea a chance yet, you may be missing out on a free metabolism boost each and every day!
I get it, tea can be you either love it or hate it, but it’s important to find out which tea you actually like. Hot or cold, tea can be enjoyed year-round, but there’s something quite soothing about a hot cup of tea on a cold night.
Green tea is my go-to tea lately. This powerful tea is known to cleanse and purify the body of toxins and waste, as well as boost your metabolism and energy levels throughout the day. What a powerhouse!
As of lately, I’ve been combining a few ingredients to test out a new cold drink. As much as I love and appreciate water, sometimes I need an extra flavor to what I drink.
After searching for the best green tea, I stumbled on the Darjeeling brand and I was instantly hooked. Not only is it low-waste/loose packaging, but it’s absolutely delicious!
It retains the flavor of green tea perfectly even when it’s chilled which is what I was searching for. PLUS, no oils, no artificial aromas, no added flavors, no added essences, just pure and natural tea. If you’re looking for a savory green tea, check them out here.
For my cold-drink concoction, I wanted to have the earthly flavor of green tea with the sweetness of papaya. This is the papaya I’ve really enjoyed the last few times I mixed this up!
After some trial and error, I found the best mixture to enjoy throughout the day.
Green Tea Papaya Recipe
Steep your green tea in 2 quarts boiling water for around 5-10 minutes (Depending on how strong you’d like your tea. )
Mix in 1-2 cups of papaya juice depending on how sweet you’d like it.
Let it chill overnight in the fridge.
Want to kick these top 5 healthy foods up a notch? Check out The Ultimate List of Detox Foods to pair some of those ingredients to make your own superfood day!
If you’re looking for an easier way to manage these fresh ingredients in your home, my life changed when I got Amazon Pantry.
This was what helped me to really not worry about what’s in my cupboards and what I was going to eat. It gave me the piece of mind to know that all I had to do was walk out onto my porch and the food inside was easy and healthy. Definitely a must have for fresh food without the stress of running around town.
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