It’s easy to pick up dinner after work or skip breakfast as you rush out the door every morning, but what you’re eating (or not eating) immediately affects the way you feel. Here’s a list of 10 foods you should be cooking, preparing and ordering to get your body speaking a healthy language. Incorporate these into your daily diet as often as possible for a leaner & sexier body – plus a high-powered metabolism.
1. Spinach. There was a reason Popeye was big and strong – spinach was his favorite food! Eating these green leaves will help your vision, bones, blood pressure, immunity, skin, brain and nervous system. Plus, it curbs overeating!
2. Kale. This superfood is so popular now… and for good reason! High in vitamins K, A, C, manganese, antioxidants and fiber, one cup of kale only has 36 calories and 0 grams of fat. It has been shown to aid in detoxing the body, fighting the growth of cancer cells and cardiovascular disease.
3. Olive oil. High in monounsaturated fat, this oil has been part of the Mediterranean diet for many, many years for its continuous proven health benefits such as reducing blood pressure, risk of cardiovascular disease, maintaining a healthy digestive tract, creating better skin complexion and – what people pay most for in LA – slowing down the aging process.
4. Lemon. Just one lemon has 100% of your daily vitamin C needs, which increases bone strength and “good” HDL cholesterol levels. Add a few slices to your tea or water and squeeze over fresh vegetables for an anti-inflammatory citrus boost!
5. Almonds. Shown to protect your body against diabetes and cardiovascular disease, these nuts are healthy for your heart and your blood sugar levels. Making an ideal snack, just an ounce (about 23 almonds) contains 35% of the daily-recommended value of vitamin E and has been shown to help people lose weight!
6. Parsley. An herb that can be subtly added to salads, juices and side dishes. It is full of essential nutrients like vitamin C, beta-carotene, folic acid, chlorophyll and iron.
7. Avocado. Rich in flavor, this fruit has been proven to increase your absorption of beta-carotene, an important vitamin for preventing cancer, arthritis, eye problems and skin disorders.
8. Wild Salmon. Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and niacin, which helps protect against memory loss, depression, cancer and heart disease. Go for wild instead of farmed for greater antioxidant benefits and better quality of fish.
9. Blueberries. With only 80 calories per cup and virtually no fat, these berries among other berries contain the most antioxidants and help reduce belly fat. A win-win!
10. Dark Chocolate. That’s right, break off a piece of that chocolate bar! Cocoa powder is rich in flavonoids, antioxidants proven to reduce blood pressure and “bad” LDL cholesterol levels, and increase “good” HDL cholesterol levels. But you don’t need to eat the whole bar to reap the benefits, just about ¼ an ounce will do.