What is the first word that comes in your head when you hear “healthy”? Is it “diet” or “bland”? I’ll tell you three very important things. 1. Being on a fad diet is never the answer! They are usually gimmicks to make money off of people. Also, they can be potentially dangerous. 2. Healthy food does NOT have to be bland! Actually it is quite the opposite. 3. Being healthy doesn’t not equal super skinny or buff, toned muscles. Being healthy is having a positive body image and feeling good about yourself. You do and feel good.
That being said, these are some of my favorite “healthy” picks. Some of them you might not consider healthy BUT think of what food does for you. It gives you energy. It gives you strength to live. That being said, these foods provide your body good energy!
Popcorn?! What?! Actually, popcorn can be a nice filling snack. But what you put on it is a different story! Stay away from excessive amounts of butter and salt, but don’t deprive yourself from these yummy foods- just use them sparingly. Popcorn is said to have polyphenols. Polyphenols are antioxidants that prevent cell damage. So, keep those cells healthy and eat some popcorn!
I recommend Trader Joe’s individual Kettle Corn Bags. Yum!
One of the most famous “health” foods. Apples are crisp, sweet, and delicious. It is the candy of nature. Not only are they a satisfying snack or a delicious part of breakfast, but are shown to regulate blood sugar. Regulating blood sugar is a must for giving you long lasting energy. Also, the soluble fiber is known to decrease bad cholesterol. Not bad.
It pairs well with….
From peanut butter to almond butter, nut butters are simply a heavenly invention. There are two great components in it- protein and fat. Because the butter is derived from nuts, it is full of healthful protein. Yes, there is quite a bit of fat in a serving of peanut butter, but the fats are good fats. Nut and Seed butters contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids which are known to decrease the risk of Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease. They go great with apples (two super foods in one!) I also put them on my toast or english muffins. Y-U-M.
From left to right: Trader Joe’s Sunflower Seed Butter, Jif Almond Butter, and Skippy Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
Tuna is a great source of protein. Protein keeps you full and focused while maintaining good muscle health. I’m sure you have heard of omega-3 fatty acids? These are the essential fats that you need in your diet. Plus, omega-3 fatty acids help maintain good blood pressure. Did I also mention it has a great amount of vitamin B?
Oatmeal is a filling yet satisfying breakfast food. It is high in fiber and low in fat. It also has the highest protein level of any grain. Oatmeal is a complex carbohydrate which means that your body breaks them down slower keeping you full while maintaining blood sugar. Thus, no mid-morning “crash”.
Creamy and smooth, greek yogurt is a versatile staple to any kitchen. It is packed with protein and filled with calcium. Dress your yogurt with some nuts and fruit and you have a great little snack!
Side Note: I did not like the Chobani Cherry “Simply 100”. I am just not a big fan of stevia sweetened products. The Chobani Key Lime is my all time favorite flavor, though!
Cauliflower is a healthy veggie that is good raw or cooked. It is a good source of vitamin K, potassium, thiamin, magnesium, riboflavin, niacin, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, and manganese. It can be a good snack or a simple side dish. Win? Win.
Cottage cheese is full of protein. But that isn’t all! It is loaded with calcium which is necessary for bone growth. Young women especially need enough calcium to fight osteoporosis. Also, the kind of phosphorus in the cottage cheese is necessary for important chemical reactions in the body. These kinds of reactions are essential for maintaing a good environment for minute body functions.
Fluffy and full of nooks and crannies, english muffins are a classic breakfast food. Depending on the brand you get, they can pack a lot of nutrients in the little muffin. Make sure to look at the nutrition label. Usually they have at least 5 grams of protein in them and contain a great amount of fiber in them. They also contain folate, niacin, and iron.
Last, but certainly not least- nutrition bars. I feel bars get a very bad rep. Some brands really do deserve that criticism, but depending on the type you get they can really help with curbing appetite on the go. I recommend Kashi, Luna, Lara, Zone, and Boost bars. Normally these bars contain a lot of vitamins and minerals, protein, and complex carbohydrates.
Those are my picks! Do you have any to add to the list? I would love to hear it. Leave a comment below and join in on our “healthy” conversation!