Living a healthy lifestyle is more than simply exercising. Although being physical is part of the healthy living equation, the food you eat is also a major factor. As you may know, all foods are not created equal so choosing and eating the ‘right’ foods are essential. The right foods will increase your life expectancy, provide a better quality of life and provide you with energy, vitality and all around good health!
Here are the top 10 power packed foods for healthy living:
1. Beans -This powerful plant protein contains very little fat, carbs and calories. However, if they give you gas, take precautions before you eat them. Choosing dry beans and soaking them first before cooking will help. Beans of all kinds (kidney, navy, lentils, chickpeas, and Northern) are high in protein. If fiber is a problem in your diet, eating a healthy portion of beans each day can keep your digestive system healthy.
2. Oatmeal – Oatmeal, especially steel cut oats are coming into popularity as a food that lowers blood cholesterol. You can make it yourself with rolled oats or eat the instant kind if you are in a hurry. Oatmeal is a filling grain that also provides much needed fiber to keep hunger at bay and your blood sugar constant.
3. Fruits – Fresh organic fruits are filled with antioxidants such as Vitamin C and A. Antioxidants fight free radical damage in the body and reduce the risk of cancer. Berries such as blueberries and grapes (dark skinned fruits) have the highest amount of antioxidants. But choose an array of fruits in a wide variety of colors for maximum health. The antioxidants in fruit boost the immune system to fight the effects of aging in the body.