Do you consume whole grains because the latest nutrition headlines say they prevent cancer? Did you become a vegan or vegetarian to help your heart? Truthfully, the advice changes depending on the latest research and trends.
This all brings up a salient point: are there “good-for-you” food staples that make it onto the weekly grocery list of health experts regardless of headlines or hype about superfoods?
Ryan Hibbert gives you a quick look at what health experts are stashing in their shopping carts. Keep building them into your weekly shopping list, he says, and you’ll stay on the road to good health.
One food you want to eat each week is mushrooms because they have strong anticancer properties and are also a great meat substitute in spaghetti sauce and soups. Mushrooms have an aromatase inhibitor effect, which reduces breast cancer occurrence and recurrence.
Dried plums are high in boron, a mineral that is important for bone structure, and high in polyphenols, plant nutrients that may have anti-inflammatory effects.
Many scientists are also looking at how eating prunes might improve bone mineral density. Furthermore, they’re also nature’s best digestive aid. What could be better?
Mixed Nuts (Unsalted)
To combat the craving for chips, make sure you eat unsalted, mixed nuts on a daily basis. Just 1/4 to 1/2 cup provides a nice dose of heart-healthy fats, some protein, and a decent amount of fiber.
When it comes to nutrition, bananas are an affordable fruit option that taste great, are filling and offer potassium, fiber, vitamin C, B6, and manganese.
Sweet potatoes have significant amounts of healthful nutrients, including antioxidants and minerals, in a package that’s full of long-lasting energy.
Romaine’s mild flavor and crunchy texture allow you to dress it up with many varieties of foods – other vegetables, fruits, meats, cheese, nuts, and seeds, to create combinations of savory or sweet dishes, not to mention make a balanced meal.
Furthermore, seasonality allows for better pricing and better quality. You can eat fruit at meals and as snacks, so you should always have one or two bowls in the refrigerator. Consider having salad as an entree or as a part of the meal several times per week, as it is a fantastic way to obtain nutrients and fill up your stomach while keeping calories in check. You can also add carrots, celery, and onion to most meals, both raw and cooked. It’s all just a great way to add flavor, fiber, and antioxidants.