Nutrition, both complex and simple and beyond frustrating. Every day we’re bombarded by nutritional “tips” and “diets” it’s no wonder half of us have no idea how to eat properly. And don’t get me wrong, I’ve ranted a lot of different nutritional habits over the years but in the last couple of years I’ve learned one thing: focus on health before you focus on anything else.
Instead of placing your priorities on a new diet, restriction or any kind of loss. First ensure you’re getting substantial nutrients and providing your body with optimal fuel.
And to provide your body with fuel you need actual food. Not low fat brownies or fruit juice but food. And while there are a lot of foods I would love to see in people’s diets, below are the top five.
Time and time again I am reminded how amazing avocados are. Honestly they just do so much! Between the awesome healthy fats and the fact they have essential amino acids I adore avocados.
Actually, it seems as of a late, there are few things avocados can’t do. They are quite literally one of the world’s healthier foods.
Avocados are full of healthy monosaturated fats, specifically oleic acid which helps reduce inflammation. They are loaded with fiber and antioxidants and while they’re protein content isn’t high it is complete. Meaning, avocados contain all 18 essential amino acids. Making it one of the rare non-meat sources to do so.
Avocados are great by themselves, with eggs or blended into a smoothie for creaminess. Regardless they should be in your diet!
I know, again with the fats! But healthy fats are essential to keep your body functioning properly and these two seeds take the cake. Fat comes in at 9 calories per gram so it’s easy to get a bit caloric hit from a small amount of seeds.
But even better, both seeds are chalked full of omega three fats – perfect anti-inflammatory helpers which have been shown to aid brain development. Chia seeds especially have twenty percent protein, a high amount for a seed.
Both seeds are full of fiber which helps with digestion and the fats in the help regulate metabolism, maintain bones, and promote brain development.
Overall, they should be a staple in your diet. Try adding them to smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt or making chia pudding.
I could rant for blogs and blogs about the importance of leafy greens! Not only are they low calorie (so you can eat a lot of them!) but they’re high in nutrients. Both spinach and kale are full of calcium as well as a host of other minerals (folate, copper, iron etc)
Leaf greens are so important that they should be a go-to staple in your diet. Rotate them and enjoy them because you need ’em!
Unless you have an allergy to eggs/whites they should be in your diet. Eggs have been around for ages for a reason: they’re perfect! Full of HEALTHY cholesterol, protein and fats eggs make a great breakfast. Eggs are super full of iron, phosphorus and selenium which can be tricky to obtain from other foods.
Plus, they are super easy to make! With so many way to cook up eggs it’s silly not to have them in your diets.
So there you have it, my top four! Truthfully, I may have included salmon but while I appreciate the health benefits of it I cannot stand the taste of salmon 😉 However if you’re looking to boost your overall healthy, getting started with the above foods is a kick butt way to start!
And if you need help – reach out!
Ps. Im not a doctor. If there is a medical reason you should not have these foods please adhere to your doctors advice.