10 healthy foods to have in your kitchen
Eating healthy can be hard if you don’t know what staples you need. So make room for these 10 foods everyone should have for better health. Hint: There are no sweets or chips on this list.
Plain low-fat Greek yogurt is great for pairing with berries and honey for breakfast; amazing as a sour cream substitute; and great for salad dressings, marinating meat and adding to smoothies. Read more about the endless possibilities of Greek yogurt here.
Calcium is important for our bones, but drinking straight up 2 percent milk can be as fatty as French fries. So opt for skim milk/1 percent milk or nut or rice milk to get your calcium minus the fat.
We all know we need to eat seven or more servings of fruits andveggies a day. You can’t make that goal if you don’t have them on hand. Stock up on veggies, such as carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, peppers, corn and peas. Grab some frozen veggies, too.
Low-mercury fish such as salmon and tuna are high in good fats and omega-3s (which are great for your heart). Try eating three servings of fish a week.
Nuts—walnuts, peanuts, almonds, etc.—are great for your heart and are deep in good fats. Stock up on raw nuts for snacks during the day and nut butters, too.
If you are going to eat meat, opt for leaner meats and/or organic chicken, beef and poultry. Say no to processed meats and high-sodium cold cuts.
Just say no to white rice and try brown rice instead. Make it as a side dish with stir-fry. You can buy minute and even frozen cooked brown rice nowadays to make cooking it easier.
Whether it’s spinach, kale or mixed greens, bagged and packaged greens are crucial to making sure you eat your veggies. Use them for salads, add them on top of an English muffin with light cream cheese or put them on sandwiches.
Gotta stock up a range of fruits each week. Opt for apples, oranges, avocados, tomatoes, grapes and berries. Remember: Try to shop in season and locally if you can; they taste better and are more nutritious.
As with rice, try ditching white bread and pasta and incorporatewhole wheat versions. They’re better for your heart and your cholesterol.
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