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Friday 10 July 2015

Some Health Foods That Taste Better Than Junk Foods

Some people believe that healthy foods are tasteless and boring. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Here are some health foods that taste even better than the most commonly consumed junk foods:

1. Strawberries:
Strawberries are exceptionally juicy and have a sweet, delicious flavor. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese, folate and potassium, as well as various antioxidants and plant compounds. One cup of strawberries contains 3 grams of fiber and as little as 46 calories. Eating strawberries has been linked to improved heart health, better blood sugar control and cancer prevention. If you don’t like them plain, try dipping the tip of the berry in some melted dark chocolate.

Bottom line: Strawberries are low in calories and contain many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They have been linked to improved heart health, better blood sugar control and cancer prevention.

2. Blueberries:
Blueberries are colorful and nutrient-rich with a sweet flavor. One cup of blueberries contains only 84 calories, but provides 4 grams of fiber. It also contains high amounts of many vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. Blueberries are an antioxidant superfood. They may protect against oxidative damage and chronic diseases, and have also been shown to improve memory in older adults. They can be enjoyed either fresh or frozen, and can be especially delicious mixed with either yogurt or full-fat cream.

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Bottom line: Blueberries are high in fiber and nutrients, but low in calories. They are an antioxidant superfood that may protect the body against oxidative damage and improve memory in older adults.

3. Dark Chocolate:
Many studies have shown that dark chocolate is incredibly healthy, and may reduce your risk of several diseases.

Dark Chocolate With Spoon
Dark chocolate is loaded with fibre and antioxidants, as well as minerals such as iron, magnesium, copper and manganesePlant compounds in dark chocolate have been shown to lower blood pressure, protect against heart disease, improve brain function and protect the skin against the sun’s harmful UV-rays. To make the most of the health benefits, it is recommended to eat dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70–85% or higher. A piece of dark chocolate is especially delicious when enjoyed with a good cup of coffee.

Bottom line: Dark chocolate contains high amounts of fiber, antioxidants and minerals. It may reduce the risk of heart disease, improve brain function and protect the skin from the sun.

4. Almonds:
Almonds are the ultimate crunchy treat. They contain heart-healthy fats, are very nutritious and require no preparation. Almonds are packed with antioxidants. They also provide large amounts of fiber, protein and several vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, manganese and magnesium. Almonds may lower blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as reduce the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol. All of these are risk factors for heart disease. They are also very filling. Despite being high in fat and calories, one study showed that almonds increased weight loss by as much as 62% when part of a weight loss diet.

Cracked Almonds

Bottom line: Almonds contain heart-healthy fats and are packed with fiber, protein, and other nutrients. They are a satisfying food that may help with weight loss and reduce the risk of heart disease.

5. Pistachios:
These little crunchy and salty nuts are absolutely mouthwatering. Pistachios contain large amounts of heart-healthy fats, high-quality protein and a good amount of fiber. They are also good sources of B-vitamins, phosphorus, potassium and iron. As a source of powerful antioxidants, pistachios have been linked with health benefits such as improved blood fats, decreased oxidized LDL-cholesterol, decreased inflammation and reduced blood sugar levels. Pistachios are very filling. When consumed in moderation, pistachios have been shown to help with weight maintenance. Just make sure not to eat too many of these at one time, as pistachios are very high in calories. A single cup of pistachios may contain up to 700 calories.

Two Little Pistachios

Bottom line: Pistachios contain heart-healthy fats, protein and fiber, as well as several vitamins and minerals. They are very filling and have been linked with many health benefits.

6. Cherries: 

These deep red, beautiful berries are a delicious and healthy snack. Cherries are low in calories, but high in various nutrients like fiber and vitamin C. They also contain many antioxidants and plant compounds. Cherries contain nutrients that may protect against diseases such as cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

Two Cherries

Bottom line: Cherries are a low-calorie snack with large amounts of vitamins, antioxidants and plant compounds. They have been linked with a reduced risk of several diseases including cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

7. Cheese:
Cheese is one of the most delicious foods you can find. It is highly nutritious as well as rich in several vitamins and minerals like calcium, vitamin B12, phosphorus, selenium and zinc. Cheese and other dairy products are linked with improved bone health, and may be valuable in the battle against osteoporosis, a disease characterized by bone loss and an increased risk of fractures. There are many types of cheese, but all of them consist mainly of protein and fat. Most varieties are relatively high in calories. Cheese is high in protein, which may promote lower blood pressure and increased absorption of minerals. It also contains a fatty acid called CLA, which is linked to several health benefits and may promote weight loss in overweight individuals. In addition to all the health benefits, cheese is simply very tasty and filling.

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Bottom line: Cheese is highly nutritious and rich in several vitamins and minerals such as calcium and vitamin B12. It contains high-quality protein and fat, both of which are linked with several health benefits.

8. Avocados:
Avocados are an unusual fatty fruit with a smooth and creamy texture. Avocados are packed with healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber. They are also a great source of B-vitamins, vitamin K, potassium, copper, vitamin E and vitamin C. Eating avocados is very beneficial for heart health, as it may reduce blood cholesterol and triglycerides up to 22%, while raising the “good” HDL cholesterol. Avocados are also very filling and do not raise blood sugar levels very much, all of which make them a weight loss friendly food. If you don’t like your avocado plain, try adding some salt and pepper, or some prawns like this dish shown below.

Bottom line: Avocados are very rich in monounsaturated fat and fiber, and also contain several vitamins and minerals. They are very filling and may reduce blood cholesterol and triglycerides.

Take Home Message:
The next time you’re craving something tasty, opt for one of the super healthy foods mentioned above.

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Thanks for taking time to read this.

All the best Jan


Jo said...

The only thing I don't like here is avocado, I could eat more than my fair share of the rest, though I'd better limit those pistachios, I didn't realise they contained so many calories.

Gail said...

I do love dark chocolate...and almonds. I'm part way there!

Thanks for visiting my blog, Jan.

tess said...

So right! It amazes me that people cling so tightly to their cereal and sandwiches and pasta -- to me, processed food has very little taste, compared to REAL FOOD. :-) I remember when heat-and-eat fish fillets came on the frozen-food scene, with lemon-butter in a gummy layer on top.... REALLY??? Take PLAIN fish, put a little butter in a baking-dish, place a few lemon slices on top, bake it, and you've got a SIGNIFICANTLY more delicious dish!

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Jo ... like you I love pistachios (and macadamia's) but do have to limit myself to a handful. They taste great don't they.

All the other foods are a big hit with me ...

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Gail ... dark chocolate is one of my favourites, just a square with a cup of coffee, simply delicious.

Have a lovely weekend

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Tess ... plain fish, butter and a slice of lemon sounds delicious to me.

Have a great weekend

All the best Jan

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I love all of these things! There's no reason to eat junk when there are so many delicious healthy choices.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Martha ... great to hear you like all these foods. We owe it to ourselves to make healthy choices.

Hope you had a good weekend and all best wishes for the coming week.

All the best Jan

The Happy Whisk said...

I don't eat processed foods because tyey taste of garbage. Pass the fruit and vedge, please, and thank you.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Ivy ... thanks for your comment - fruit and veg being passed your way.

Hope the week goes well for you.

All the best Jan