There are lots of little things you can do each day to help your body stay healthy in the long term. Exercising, staying hydrated and eating healthy are all ingredients to a healthy lifestyle!
Eating healthy can be difficult but once you get into the routine, it is extremely rewarding and better yet, it can actually make you more motivated to exercise!
For starters, try having at least one of these foods everyday!
1. Red Bell Peppers
Red bell peppers are powerful antioxidants that also contain over 60% more vitamin C than green peppers – which is 300% of your daily vitamin C! Having a vitamin C rich diet will also encourage your body to produce collagen, which will slow down the formation of wrinkles, and help strengthen your hair, and nails.
2. Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts can inhibit the growth of tumor cells in your body by blocking enzymes that actually have the potential to promote tumor growth. They’re also great weight loss diet additions because 100 grams of brussels sprouts only contain 45 calories, but they have over 3 grams of protein and 3 grams of dietary fiber.
Brussels sprouts also contain folate, vitamin B6, K and C, dietary fiber, potassium, manganese, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Good things come in small packages! Blueberries have more antioxidants than any other North American fruit. 1 cup of blueberries a day will help keep you healthy and aid in preventing cancer, diabetes, and memory loss associated with aging.
Blueberries also happen to be my favorite smoothie ingredient! Try putting blueberries in your next smoothie, or better yet your next salad!
Tomatoes or unsalted tomato juice should be apart of your every eating routine. Tomatoes are filled with lycopene, which have been proven to hinder bladder, lung, skin and stomach cancers from developing.
Tomatoes have the power to fight free radicals in your body, keeping you and your immune system strong and healthy.
Easy to cook with and delicious to snack on, carrots are a great vegetable to keep in your everyday diet. Carrots have beta-carotene, which has shown to drastically reduce inflammatory conditions such as asthma and arthritis.
And on top of that, carrots contain vitamin K and C which will support your immune system and help keep you healthy all year round! Try this delicious carrot juice recipe!
These brainy nuts are crammed full with omega 3 fatty acids, anti-inflammatory polyphenols, and protein! This makes them the perfect post workout snack!
I always pack a handful of walnuts when I know I have a busy day ahead of me. They’re easy to snack on and they’re extremely filling (which will help you cut down on junk food snacking).
All of these foods are incredibly easy to incorporate into your cooking and better yet, you can cut them all up raw and throw them in a salad! Remember to buy these ingredients local or organic in order to get their full nutritious potential and avoid ingesting harmful pesticides and GMOs.