A New Year is a great time to kick-start any new program that benefits you for the long-term; whether it be personal fitness, health and nutrition, or lifestyle changes. When it comes to dietary choices, by focusing on eating foods that provide superior nutritional benefits, your body feels full and satiated, and is thereby less inclined to gravitate toward unhealthy foods (such as high-fats, sugars, processed or refined foods, and starchy carbs). Featured here are the ABC’s of good-for-you foods that not only help you look good, they actually make you feel better too. Talk about being in the “mood for food”!
Ever heard the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? It’s true! “Apples are considered a good source of immune system-boosting vitamin C, with over 8 milligrams per medium-sized fruit, which amounts to roughly 14 percent of your daily recommended intake.” [Source: Shape Magazine]
Since they’re high in potassium (thereby combating sodium – helping to reduce inflammation), bananas assist your body in maintaining fluid levels. Not only will they give you energy and fill you up (since they’re high in fiber), they’re known to be a mood-booster too.
High in antioxidants (the powerhouse free radical fighters), berries help your skin anti-age, boost alertness and improve memory.
If you were to only eat one vegetable, this would be a top choice. This super-charged, nutrient-rich veggie improves digestion, has anti-cancer properties, and is low-carb (which means it’s great for your waistline).
In Ayurvedic culture, cucumbers are renowned as a “cooling” food. This crisp and crunchy veggie is vitamin-rich and soothing for the digestive system. And when you’re feeling tired, “cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.” [Source: Ayurworld]