I know we’ve talked about a few ways to start the new year off right when it comes to your exercise and diet, but many don’t understand what foods are worst for you and what foods are best. Today, we want to talk about some of the best foods you can put into your body and why.
We know that there have been times throughout history where eggs have gotten a bad wrap. But they’re actually a great source of protein and contain 12 vitamins and minerals that you need as a part of your daily diet. Yes, you should watch how many eggs you eat due to cholesterol (everything in moderation, remember) but studies have actually shown that if you eat eggs for breakfast, you are less likely to be driven to take in quite as many calories throughout the rest of the day.
Another good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acid (the good fats), salmon is another great food we’re putting on our “super food” list. This fish dish is low in calories and saturated fat, but high in many other minerals your body needs to function. Where we go wrong with this dish is the way we cook it. Make sure not to douse it in a lot of butter, or other sauces that are full of the “bad fats”. Try lemon juice, or grilling it and topping it with veggies or even a mango salsa. (Mmm… yum… Is it lunch time yet?)
This is a great source of calcium for those who do not get enough of that in their diet and a great source of probiotics, which is a good bacteria that can actually help your body’s digestive system. If you’re lactose sensitive and you haven’t tried yogurt, talk to your doctor, but they might recommend that you give yogurt a try, as it tends to be a little easier on the stomach. And if you don’t like yogurt, try drinking skim milk. It has very similar qualities with low calories.
High in protein and fiber and full of great vitamins, minerals and fats that are good for your heart, nuts are a great snack for in between meals. Again, we remind you, though, everything in moderation. Grab a small handful, not a bowl full.
Mmm… those great green veggies. We all know they’re good for us, but why is broccoli the one that made our list? Because it can be served many different ways with many different dishes and it’s not a seasonal food – it’s easy to find great broccoli all year round. This vegetable, along with all the other great green vegetables out there, is best eaten raw, but can be cooked in healthy ways, just like the salmon (or with the salmon… however you prefer). Steamed, broiled, with lemon juice, some spices… there are many ways to prepare this veggie and get a delicious yet healthy side to your meal. (It’s also a great snack for in between meals! Try it with a little Greek Yogurt dip to balance your snack!)
Well, there you have it. Some of the best choices you can make in your diet plan this year. There are many, many other foods out there that are GREAT for you and we will continue to talk about those throughout the year, so keep an eye on our blog for more information on some of the best (and worst) types of food for your meal plans! And don’t forget, at Fletcher Chiropractic, we do offer nutrition services and we can help you find a diet that is just right for you! Call today to schedule a consultation!