***The ten most nutritious foods are nutrient dense, meaning they have more nutrients per calorie than other foods. Such foods are often rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help protect against illness and disease. They are also either low in fat or a source of healthy fats; high in protein, which aids in muscle growth and repair; and high in FIBER, which maintains normal digestive functions-all leading to keep a healthy body for a healthy lifestyle. Start incorporating these into your diets and see how you feel after eating them. Changes are in the drop of your hands. Remember…you use your hands to put what you eat in your mouth..
Salmon is considered a super food because it is high in protein, a good source of iron, low in saturated fats and rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for a healthy heart and cardiovascular functioning. The American Heart Association recommends consuming fatty fish such as salmon twice a week. A typical 3-oz. serving of Atlantic salmon has 175 calories, 10 g of fat, 0 sugars and 19 g of protein.
Eggs are a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including choline, which aids in brain development and memory. They are also high in protein, low in carbohydrates, and contain healthy fats. The yolk contains much of the fat and is also a source of iron. A typical egg has 75 calories, 6 g of protein, no carbohydrates and 5 g of fat. If you are monitoring your fat intake, try including more of the egg whites in your DIET versus the whole egg.
Sweet potatoes are rich in antioxidants, which play a role in the prevention of heart disease and cancer. It is also a source of vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, iron, potassium and vitamins C and E. A typical large sweet potato has 162 calories, no fat and 6 g of fiber.
Quinoa is a grain alternative to refined, processed breads such as white or wheat bread. It is gluten-free and thus appropriate for people with food allergies or intolerances. Quinoa has more protein than other grains, and is a source of iron, riboflavin and magnesium. Just 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa has 5 g of protein, 5 g of fat and 5 g of dietary fiber.
Yogurt is a rich source of calcium to help strengthen bones. It is also rich in active bacterial cultures that contribute to a healthy digestive system and may help prevent yeast infections. Avoid sugary yogurts with fruit on the bottom, opting for plain varieties instead. Add berries and natural honey to control the amount of added sugar. A typical 1-cup serving of plain, skim-milk yogurt has approximately 140 calories, no of fat, and 14 g of protein.
Beans are high in dietary fiber and protein, but low-in fat. The fiber in beans helps to keep blood sugar levels steady, keep cravings down and lower overall calorie consumption. Include a variety of dry beans or low-sodium canned varieties in your diet, including navy, black, red, pinto and kidney beans. A typical 1-cup serving of boiled black beans have only 1 g of fat, 15 g of fiber and 15 g of protein.
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants which help to fight free radicals that contribute to illnesses such as cancer. Such antioxidants may also prevent cataracts, glaucoma, heart disease and ulcers. Blueberries are low in calories, have no fat and are low in sugar compared to other fruits such as melons. A 1-cup serving of blueberries has only 84 calories, no fat and 4 g of dietary fiber.
Walnuts are considered a super-food due to its many health benefits including protection against cancer and heart disease, maintaining cognitive function, and providing protection against inflammatory skin diseases such as psoriasis. These nuts are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which is considered a “good” fat. A 1/4-cup serving of walnuts alone provide 90 percent of the daily quota of omega-3s recommended.
Spinach is a rich source of vitamin C, calcium and antioxidants that aid in the prevention of disease. It also contains carotenids, which may assist in preventing macular degeneration, poor eyesight that may lead to blindness. Spinach also contains nearly 200 percent of the daily value required of vitamin K, which helps in reducing bone loss.
Oats are low in fat, and high in dietary fiber which assists in healthy digestion and waste elimination. Heart-healthy oats help keep blood glucose levels even thanks to their low-sugar and high-fiber content. This makes them a healthy grain alternative for diabetics or people who are trying to lose weight. A 100 g serving of raw oats has only 1 g of saturated fat, 11 g of dietary fiber and 17 g of protein.