Today a variety of nutrition information can be found on the internet, but what’s really true? What’s a superfood and what isn’t? What makes my stomach bloat? Well, for one thing these five picks are nutrient dense and can be part of living a healthier lifestyle, so try ‘em out! Of course, keep in mind that going overboard, even with healthy foods, can derail your wellness plan if done often. But enjoying these foods as part of a balanced, plant-based diet is a great way to keep it all in check.
Without adding loads of butter and salt, popcorn is actually a heart-healthy whole grain. Dress it up with spices and a tiny amount of olive oil for a yummy, lower calorie snack perfect any time of day.
While egg whites are packed with protein, whole eggs have lots to offer. Egg yolks contain saturated fat and cholesterol so they often get a bad rap. However, the yolks also hold many important nutrients, like B vitamins, phosphorus, and antioxidant-rich carotenoids.
White vegetables are part of the rainbow too! Potatoes, especially the skins and the flesh just beneath it, are loaded with calcium, fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium. And the particular type of starch found in white potatoes can help support a healthy microbiome (aka good gut bacteria). Don’t forget about those vitamin-packed sweet and purple potatoes to enjoy the rainbow.
Occasionally nuts will receive a bad rep for their high quantity of calories and fat content… ever hear that they’re “too fattening?!” Nuts including almonds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios and sunflower seeds all contain the GOOD type of fat… polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. These fats contribute to a heart healthy diet, and may help to improve blood flow and decrease your cholesterol, plus they’re shown to help reduce the risk for certain cancers.
Dark chocolate contains cocoa which provides a variety of vitamins and minerals to your small sweet treat. Antioxidants such as polyphenols and flavanols are also found in dark chocolate; these can help support the body’s immunity.