If you are stuck for finding healthy staples for your fridge and cupboards then we have compiled a list of some of the most nutritious and cheap foods that will have you and your family well on the way to a happy and healthy lifestyle. Healthy foods not only make you less likely to become overweight but they also help to reduce the risk of developing serious diseases and can importantly improve your mood. So anyone who has a couple of energetic kids should definitely consider replacing those bags of sweets with some healthier alternatives.
These are some of the foods that are considered to be the healthiest around!
These little berries are surprisingly rich in fiber, antioxidants and phytonutrients (the chemicals found in plants). These phytonutrients are amazing at helping to prevent disease and keep the body in tip-top condition. Research has even found that if elderly people eat a lot of berries (including blueberries) in their diet then they are less likely to suffer cognitive decline compared to those who don’t consume berries.
If you haven’t gotten into eating raw broccoli then it is definitely worth a go. The vegetable is rich in fiber, potassium, calcium and phytonutrients. All of which can help to reduce the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and even some forms of cancer. It is even believed that eating broccoli in large quantities can help shorten the duration of a cold.
Not only are they an excellent source of antioxidants but they also happen to be delicious too and incredibly versatile! They combat free radicals that tend to damage substances generated in the body and are responsible for speeding up the ageing process and certain diseases. Some animal based studies have even found that apples can potentially extend the lifespan.
There are plenty of fish under this category, from salmon, sardines, trout and mackerel. They are classed as oily fish because their lean fillets tend to contain around 30% oil, which we most commonly refer to as omega03 fatty acids. As well as fish being a healthier alternative to a lot of meat, these oils are also believed to provide numerous benefits for the heart and the nervous system. These fish also tend to be vitamin rich and provide many other benefits such as being beneficial for people who have inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.
Or more specifically leafy greens! It has been found that if you have a high intake of dark-leafy greens such as cabbage and spinach then you will be significantly lowering your risk of developing type-2 diabetes. These leafy greens are known for being very rich in antioxidants, especially when they are raw, and they also contain numerous nutrients and vitamins from A, B, C, E, selenium, zinc and folic acid to name but a few.
Vegetables In General
Of course most vegetables are integral to a healthy and balanced diet, from your greens to the likes of sweet potato and carrots.