You read that right: healthiest. food. EVER. Before you start envisioning a bowl filled with salad greens or some bland viand, trust us when we say that this list, if anything, is pure enlightenment.
Call your table spread IG-fleek all you want but take a second look and discern if it’s actually a healthy meal…or not. Reality check: choosing food goes beyond what pleases the palette. Food is made to fuel and nourish the body, and the decision to lead that life starts with the right ingredients. If you are what you eat, then might as well be a healthy one, right?
We’re breaking down the healthiest food made for your consumption into 4 major groups, based on The Healthy Eating Plate: proteins, fruits, veggies, and whole grains. And oh, we added two surprising items that might give you a renewed definition of what healthy really is.
Trust us when we say healthy never looked (and tasted) this good.
THE 10 HEALTHIEST FOODS TO EAT
This high-quality protein is the key to achieve your best skin ever. Its superpower? Omega-3 fatty acids. This superfood provides a multitude of vitamins and minerals that your body can’t create but can only be found in your diet. Brimming with astaxanthin, a vital anti-aging agent great for skin cell growth and repair, it helps decrease inflammation, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of various cancers.
Don’t underestimate these little babies. Considered extremely heart-healthy, beans contain an abundance of soluble fiber that lower both cholesterol and sugar levels. Beans blend both the benefits of your carbs and protein, making digestion more refined and keeping you feeling full for much longer. Oh, and the darker the bean, the more antioxidant it contains!
Nuts aren’t just for your munchies! Walnuts stand as the queen of all nuts, containing the most antioxidants, boasting with a high level of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. It’s proven to decrease harmful cholesterol and triglyceride levels which results to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and heart attack. And if you’re having trouble sleeping, take a pop as it contains melatonin that’ll help you snooze in a jiff!
TRY: Manila Superfoods Walnut (140g), P240, Trail Bites Walnut (185g), P267
Fat-free, cholesterol-free, and low in calorie? Girl, this isn’t just water. Pineapples are actually made of many individual berries that fuse together around a central core, making it the most nutritious tropical fruit of them all! Rich in vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants, it helps boost the immune system, build strong bones, and aid indigestion.
TRY: Just Fruit Just Pineapple (30g), P160
The avo hype is as real as it can get! Being the only fruit that provides a hefty amount of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, the avocado is nutrient-rich containing nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. And don’t get intimidated by the high fat content: these are the healthy fats our body needs that keep sugar levels in our blood stable. Not to mention, it improves digestion, decreases the risk of depression, and protects against cancer.
If something looks like a bite-sized baby tree, then it’s probably good for you. Broccolis are good sources of vitamins K and C, essential nutrients needed for blood clotting and collagen formation, respectively. Rich in fiber, potassium, and folate, a cup of cooked broccoli provides over 150% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, with added benefits of beta-carotene.
TRY: Ella’s Kitchen Broccoli, Pears and Peas (120g), P190
There’s a reason Popeye ate this in heaps. This nutrient-dense superfood is packed with the mighty three: iron, calcium, and magnesium, making it the very exemplar of what a dark, green, and leafy vegetable should be. Not to mention, it’s extremely low-calorie, and helps prevents a myriad of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and one of the most common ailments in the world, asthma.
TRY: Ella’s Kitchen Spinach, Apples and Swedes (120g), P190
8. Whole grains
It’s not just Koko Krunch that can give you that wheat field of goodness. Whole grains such as brown rice, oatmeal, sorghum, and barley (really, the list goes on) are high-fiber foods that help ease in the digestion process. Replacing your white, refined carbs with these alternatives holistically aid in optimal weight management, prevention of heart disease, and lowered cholesterol levels.
TRY: Wholly Grain Sorghum Grains (1kg), P70
9. Dark chocolate
Nope, don’t even think about finishing that lone chocolate bar in the ref. We’re talking about dark, high-cocoa content chocolate: the bitter ones without all that sugar. Surprisingly enough, this treat is the best source to get powerful antioxidants. Cocoa improves blood flow in the arteries and causes significant decrease in blood pressure, some even call it brain food! Take note though that moderation is key. One to two squares a day will already give you all the benefits.
TRY: Eating Evolved Primal Chocolate in Signature Dark 72% Cacao, P280, Coco Dolcé 65% Dark Chocolate (45g), P110
10. Red wine
Now don’t get too excited and dash off for those unli-wine sprees. Note that this is still filed under alcohol where moderate intake is the name of the game. Red wine comes from fermented whole grapes, making it a rich source of antioxidants. Drinking 1-2 glasses per day, according to studies, lowers the risk of heart disease, cancer, and gives way to an extended lifespan. Who knew all those GNOs were actually healthy outlets?
So which one of these foods is going to become a part of your daily diet?
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