10 Things You Should Eat Every Day: Part 2

Sorry about that other post….I get a little carried away sometimes.  Forgive me.  How about I just get straight to the list?

1. Tomatoes. These are a good source of lycopene, which is an antioxidant that helps ward off certain cancers.  Tomatoes are also really good for your heart and have lots of Vitamin C.  However, while they are delicious eaten raw and even better right off the vine, you get the biggest nutritional impact when you eat cooked tomatoes.  The lycopene content is actually boosted when the tomatoes are heated and cooked.  Weird huh?

2. Spinach.  Spinach has lots of omega-3s and folate, both of which are great for heart health and muscle growth.  Other leafy greens, like kale, romaine lettuce, and collard greens, are good for you too, but personally, I’m sticking primarily with spinach.  Sam’s Club sells organic spinach for around $2 for a huge package, so it’s cheap and easy to use as a salad base, in eggs, or in other dishes.

3. Oats. Fiber is the key word here.  Oats have lots of it, and your body needs it.  Oats are also a good source of protein, and are extremely beneficial for heart health.  They reduce the risk of heart disease, and they lower cholesterol and blood pressure.  Go for steel cut oats instead of instant or rolled – these have less processing so you get them in a more natural state.  If you don’t like the taste, add fruit, cinnamon, or a natural sweetner like agave nectar to make it more palatable.

4. Whole grains. Whole grains are another great source of fiber, and it’s unfortunate that people don’t get enough of these in our society.  So many items at the store have “enriched, bleached flour,” which basically means that all the nutrients have been processed out of it.  This is used often in breads, cereals, and pastas.  Check the ingredient list on the back and go for the products that say “whole wheat flour” and have the fewest ingredients.  (Note: This is a good rule of thumb for all packaged foods you buy….choose the ones with the least ingredients, and make sure you can pronounce most of them.  None of that maltodextrinboogaloogamamba junk.)

5. Black beans. These are a great source of anthocyanins, which are super good for your brain.  This is also an antioxidant, so it helps reduce cell destruction as well.  By the way, I really don’t know what half of these words mean.  I’m still learning.  I know that antioxidants rid your body of free radicals or something, but I really am not a biology person and have no idea what a free radical is.  I just know they’re bad. I do know, however, that these foods and the stuff that’s in them is really good for you.  Hence this list.

6. Yogurt.  Yogurt contains lots of good bacteria that actually helps boost your immune system.  It works to protect you against certain cancers and all kinds of gross infections (ladies, you know what I’m talkin’ about).  It also contains probiotics and keeps your digestive system in good shape.

7. Oranges.  Did you know oranges contain Vitamin C?  No? Well, now you do.  They also contain beta-carotene and flavanoids.   All of these work together to keep your body functioning properly and target specific areas like eyesight and the immune system. 

8. Blueberries. Hello, my friends. I love eating you in my yogurt every day, mainly because you are delicious.   Also, you have lots of antioxidants that help protect against disease, and you’re high in Vitamins A and C.  Plus, you help keep my memory sharp and my brain focused (if you disagree with this description of myself, please keep it yourself. Thank you.).  

9. Walnuts.  First of all, who doesn’t love nuts? Protein and omega-3s can be found in walnuts, which are good for muscle building and the heart. They also have antioxidants and can help reduce cholesterol levels.  Plus, they’re really easy to throw on some yogurt or a salad or just stuff a handful in your face.

10. Carrots. Carrots are super high in beta-carotene, which is excellent for your eyesight.  Studies have also shown carrots to be helpful in protecting you from diseases like diabetes, arthritis, asthma, and certain forms of cancer.

11. Chili peppers.  Personally, I am unlikely to eat these every day, but that certainly doesn’t mean you can’t.  Chili peppers have been used to remove toxins and mucous from the body, and they can also reduce inflammation.  They contain capsaisin, which helps circulation, as well.

12. Twix bars.  Just kidding.  Ha ha.  He he. Ho ho. 

Okay, I know that’s 11 things, but it was really hard to limit it to 10 when I kept finding all this other great information.  And the cool part about all of these foods is that they’re great eaten by themselves, or they can easily be added to other dishes.  You can also combine several at once, in a salad or a smoothie, and get your daily intake that way.  For example, I eat a small bowl of plain yogurt with blueberries and walnuts every day.  BAM! There’s three on the list.  Or, I’ll eat a spinach salad with carrots, black beans, and tomatoes for lunch.  BLAP! There’s another four.  Then I’ll end the day with a Twix bar, for good measure.

So there you go.  The List.  Follow it.  Treasure it.  Live by it.  Or not…it’s totally up to you.  I’m just here to educate.


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