Eating healthy is extremely important. Getting sick is the last thing we want from happening to ourselves and family. With the busy lifestyle most of us have, we tend to take our food for granted. We settle for fastfood because we do not have the luxury of time to prepare food. The kinds of sickness we hear today are very disturbing and most of these ailments are triggered by the type of food that we eat. So, how come we do not give our food priority? It’s high time to change our habits and give food preparation some serious thoughts.
Let me share with you 5 healthy food items I make sure I eat every week.
- Green leafy vegetables
A study made by Audrey Cross, PhD of Columbia University showed that people avoid the greenery section in supermarkets because they do not know much on how to prepare leafy greens. You will be surprised that a significant number of the respondents of her study never ever considered of going to the greenery section. One time, according to Dr. Cross, when she was invited to a talk in a first grade class, 3 pupils never tried eating lettuce!
The best leafy greens are kale which contains the most antioxidants according to the Human Nutrition Research Centre Stude, Swiss chard, mustard greends, and spinach.
- Olive Oil
This is a powerhouse and a good oil for the greens discussed above. Olive oil is a great part of a Mediterranean diet so you can just imagine how healthy they can be with such a diet. The best olive oil is the one that’s least processed. It has powerful antioxidant component called polyphenols which are usually found in teas. Polyphenos are known to help keep cells from causing harm to the body. A study conducted in Greece revealed that breast cancer incidences are reduced to 12% for people who are green eaters and consume olive oil regularly.
Flaxseeds have high fiber content which help lower cholesterol at the same time prevent constipation. It has lignans, a form of polyphenol that helps protects cancer. It also has omega-3 fatty acids which are great for the heart. In storing flaxseeds, you will have to put them in the fridge to prevent it from getting rancid. The flaxseed oil has to be kept in the refrigerator. It is not good to heat it or mix with baked goodies.
Oatmeal helps you fight that bad cholesterol so it’s good to have some at all times. It’s easy to prepare without so many fuss. Nutritionist recommends the long-cooking type rather the one that’s instant. You can add milk, sprinkle with brown sugar and even a small portion of butter and you have one healthy meal! Or maybe you can add fruits like banana or strawberries, it’s your choice. You can also make oatmeal cookies which are simply delicious.
When you drink tea instead of soda, then you live longer. Tea whether it’s black or white brings you a great deal of antioxidants. Green tea has more polyphenols which are known to be free radicals. Green tea also enhances our metabolism.