This guest post comes to you from Toni at Chosen Wellness! Thank you for the contribution, Toni.
Hey there, runners! Do you have trouble eating healthy? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Thousands of us do. Life is busy, and while we try to create a healthy balance of delicious and nutritious meals, we might sometimes opt for the unhealthy, processed foods. After all, they’re the most accessible and, of course, cheaper. There’s some good news, though. It turns out the best types of food you can feed yourself and your family don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Further, you can whip up a variety of amazing dishes, from main courses to desserts and snacks with them.
Here are five superfoods and ways to make them more appealing:
Start your day with this superfood! Eggs 7 grams of good protein, which helps build muscles and keeps your tummy feeling full until lunchtime. They have choline, which plays a huge role in brain development and eggs also contain vitamins B5, B2, and B12. Trace minerals of selenium and phosphorus are found in eggs. If you want amazing eyesight, eating eggs is one of the best ways to avoid macular degeneration thanks to the high content of zeaxanthin and lutein.
There has been concern that eggs may raise cholesterol levels. Thankfully, many recent studies have said otherwise. Eating at least one egg a day will not increase your risk of heart disease.
Nevertheless, if you or your family is predisposed to high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease, it’s best to talk about your eggs-per-week plan with your doctor.
Make Something Delicious: Cook eggs with an avocado, toast, or flavor your eggs with low-fat butter and cheese. You can also make a healthy omelet with veggies and a few slices of bacon or tuna.
If you’re looking for a good substitute for cream cheese and mayo, then Greek yogurt is your new best friend! For every 100 grams, greek yogurt contains only 1 percent cholesterol and sodium, 20 percent protein, and 14 percent potassium (a mineral that helps promote good bone development and muscle contraction). Adults, meanwhile, can benefit from its ability to reduce the risk of stroke and osteoporosis.
Too much potassium may lead to pediatric hyperkalemia, so if you’re feeding it to children, limit to around 400 to 3,800 milligrams, according to their weight and age.
Make Something Delicious: How about a healthy greek yogurt parfait? To make, combine the yogurt with oatmeal, berries, and a bit of honey!
Whenever I think of superfood, I think of kale. This leafy veggie belongs to the cabbage family and has only 49 calories per 100 grams. Each piece contains only 1 percent fat, zero cholesterol, and 38 grams of sodium.
- Beat more than 5,000 other fruits and veggies regarding lutein content
- One of the best sources of vitamins K and C
- Contains manganese, vitamin B6, potassium, iron, and copper
- Has anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as, heart disorders and cancer
Make Them Delicious: The best way to prepare kale is to steam it for less than 5 minutes, and you can add to salads and soups. You can also make kale chips!
Would you like to enjoy some healthy sugar? Then give strawberries a shot! They, along with the other fruits of the berry family, contain some of the least amounts of sugar in relation to other fruits. That’s why they’re a great sweet treat for people with diabetes.
- 97% Vitamin C per 100 grams to boost immunity and reduce the risks of cataracts
- 4% Potassium
- Also contains phytochemicals that may decrease the chances of cancer by suppressing the development of tumors.
Make Them Delicious: Serve them as snacks. They’re delicious to begin with. You can also create smoothies, toss them into salads, and make some popsicles. Just chop the strawberries into tiny pieces, put them into popsicle molds, and fill the mold with water. Freeze overnight.
Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which can decrease the likelihood of kids diagnosed with asthma, type 2 diabetes, depression, and attention-deficit hypersensitivity disorder (ADHD). You can also get other nutrients, such as vitamins B12 and D, as well as biotin, potassium, protein, iodine, and selenium.
Make Them Delicious: Quickly glaze salmon and infuse Asian flavors. You can also bake a salmon and pair it with a Greek yogurt sauce.
Eating both delicious and healthy food doesn’t have to be extremely difficult. The beauty of these 5 superfoods is they’re versatile. You can come up with several dishes to make sure you don’t get bored with them. But don’t forget there are other amazing whole foods that you will need to stay happy and healthy. Continue building your list of healthy ingredients to maintain a healthy diet.