Imagine being able to cover all of your nutritional needs, strengthen your immune system, and protect yourself from chronic illness all through your daily diet. Now imagine being able to do this without spending very much money or even altering your eating habits drastically.
This isn’t a fairy tale; in fact, our ancestors have been doing it for thousands (if not millions) of years. Eat the following foods and you will likely discover that your dietary supplements, pills, and powders are entirely unnecessary. In fact, many of these foods have traits that cannot even be packaged and distributed in supplement form. Include the following items in your diet for a healthier lifestyle.
Yogurt in general is an excellent food if you’re looking to eat healthy. Greek yogurt, however, is it’s tastier, healthier cousin. It contains probiotics that keep your digestive system healthy and properly regulated (which in turn strengthens your immune system).
It also contains twice the protein and half the sugar of regular yogurt, all while maintaining a thicker and heartier texture that many find preferable to regular yogurt. You can eat it for breakfast or as a snack at any time of day. Buy the low fat or non fat kinds and avoid saturating them with sweeteners.
While it likely won’t sound terribly appealing unless you’re a vegetarian (it consists of a protein basically derived from mushrooms), Quorn is an excellent protein alternative for those tired of meat and soy. It has less fat than chicken or turkey and can be purchased in a variety of forms. It can be used to make burgers, breakfast sausage, or simply sprinkled over a salad.
Chocolate milk is one of the most misunderstood foods in the grocery store. Most people seem to think it is an unhealthier version of regular milk, only useful for convincing children to enjoy their dairy. In reality, it is possibly one of the best post-workout drinks you could consume (many studies have shown that it is better and more effective than Gatorade).
The whey protein helps your muscles recover and strengthen, while the glucose helps replenish your energy, and the calcium and Vitamin D are great for bone, cartilage, and joint health. Drink at least one glass a morning, and you’ll find that you have more energy and get to relive your childhood without any guilt.
It’s a fairly well known fact that Americans are chronically depleted of Omega 3 fatty acids. While the pharmaceutical companies would like you to believe that the solution is in pill form, you can go straight to where they source these pills from yourself and that is wild salmon. Wild Salmon (sockeye or red) is an excellent source of protein that is low in fat and calories.
Unlike canned tuna, it is also very low in toxic mercury. You can eat it fresh, smoked, or even defrost a steak for dinner every now and then. Eating approximately three to five servings a week will cut your fat intake drastically and help you get the Omega-3’s your body needs.