Let’s be honest, we all want to be healthy. I know I do. But it does get pretty easy to get sidetracked from that goal. Especially since junk food and processed foods just taste so good! However, I may be guilty of liking junk a lot, but. Here’s my list of go-to foods for a healthy diet. It’s particularly useful in staying healthy when I enjoy eating them.
I’m going to be honest, I’m not a fan of fish or seafood. However, there are some exceptions to that. Growing up, I liked eating freshwater bass so it was the only fish I’d eat. Now I’ve included salmon and tilapia to the list. They’re rich not just in proteins but omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, my mom has brewed chrysanthemum tea. This tea is not only refreshing but it can also help improve your digestive system, according to my mom. You can drink this either hot or cold. The only downside is that the ingredients needed to brew this tea, like the small chrysanthemum flowers, are primarily found in Asian supermarkets. Nevertheless, it’s worth a try.
For the past few years I’ve grown fond of eating potatoes that aren’t made as french fries. I enjoy eating fried potatoes and hashed browns as part of my breakfast. Potatoes are a good source of Vitamin C and B6. And recently, I’ve been liking baked potatoes as well. Now if it’s still healthy if I added butter, cheese and bacon onto the baked potato, well, that’s a whole different story.
Many health articles I’ve read have suggested eating eggs as they are a good source of protein. While they may be high in cholesterol, they are also rich in vitamins. There’s also plenty of ways you can cook eggs, too, so it adds some variety to eating them. For me, I like to eat eggs scrambled, sunny-side up, boiled, and steamed.
It shouldn’t be surprising that apples would be on my list because I’ve talked a lot about how much I liked them. Apples are both delicious and healthy, and they’re perfect as a snack in between meals. They’re pretty high on fiber so they can help you feel full after eating one. And again, they come in different varieties so you can pick any types of apple and still get the health benefits that come with eating them.
Chicken is also another good source of protein. It’s also an alternative to eating red meat like beef. Not only are chicken lower on calories, they’re also lower in saturated fat and cholesterol. So if you want to eat some meat but also want to get healthier, then cut back on the beef and eat some chicken instead.
I always feel pretty good after I eat a salad before or after a meal. Since salads are essentially a mixture of leafy greens and raw vegetables, they’re a great source of fiber. And eating a salad helps give you the same feeling of fullness that apples would so you’re less likely to consume even more calories afterwards.
Eating nuts is also great for both protein and fiber sources. Nuts that I like eating would include peanuts, almonds, and cashews. They are packed with a number of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium and Vitamin E. They’re also pretty handy as snacks so you could buy a pack of them on the go or fill a Ziploc bag full of nuts. But if you’re allergic to any of these nuts, however, you might want to steer clear of them.
We all want to be healthy, but it’s easy to fall out of that habit. That’s why I think it’s important to have go-to foods for a healthy diet. Not only are they helpful and maintain a healthy diet, but they also are foods you like eating, too. That way you can enjoy the health benefits of these foods without having to completely sacrifice the junk food (although you should try to cut back on them).