5 Types of Food You Should Be Eating Regularly
Healthy eating can be puzzling when nutritional advice changes all the time. The good news is you don’t need to go on the latest fad diet to eat well. (In fact, you probably shouldn’t!) Just make sure to include these five rock stars of nutrition in your diet on the regular, and you’ll be ahead of the game.
1. Faithful Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are some of the healthiest foods you can chow down on. They’re chock full of nourishing vitamins, protective antioxidants, detoxifying phytonutrients and filling fiber—all in one low-calorie package.
For most folks, the big block to eating more produce is the prep time. Make sure you have some no-fuss veggies on hand for quick snacks and lunches: carrot/red pepper/celery sticks, sugar snap peas, grated beets, baby lettuce mix, and cherry tomatoes are great grab-and-go options.
2. Healthy Whole Grains
Whole grains are another super source of fiber. You can’t digest fiber completely, so it bulks up waste and helps it move through your system comfortably (thank goodness for that). Undigested fiber also serves as a food source for those helpful critters that live in your gut, improving your digestive and overall health. Plus fiber makes your heart happy too!
No time for fiber-rich oatmeal in the morning? Try overnight oats! There are loads of recipes online. If you’re not sure where to start, visit FloraHealth.com/recipes.
Then add some surprisingly fiber-rich foods into your diet. We’re lookin’ at you, artichokes and avocados (10 grams of fiber each)!
3. Powerful Protein
Protein is like a set of Legos® for your body. It builds nearly everything with the stuff: your blood, bones, cartilage, muscles, skin, enzymes and hormones.
Fish, poultry and eggs are good sources of high-quality protein. But beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and tempeh (a fermented soy product) do double duty: they’re full of protein and fiber.
4. Overachieving Omegas
Omega fatty acids do your heart, brain and joints good. If you’re expecting, getting enough of these healthy fats can help your little one’s brain and eyes develop properly, too. Fatty fish like salmon, anchovies, mackerel, lake trout and tuna are good sources. Vegetarians can get omegas from walnuts, seaweed, chia seeds and flaxseeds. Our award-winning Udo’s Oil® 3+6+9 Blend provides 100% plant-based, unrefined, certified organic, essential omega-3 and -6 food oils, plus omega-9s, to meet all your omega needs.
5. Fantastic Fermented Foods
What do yogurt, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut and pickles have in common? They’re fermented, which means they’re made with the help of invisible microorganisms. When you eat these tasty foods, you also get a helping of beneficial bacteria.
If you don’t eat fermented foods every day, Flora’s probiotics have got you covered. We’ve got a formula for everyone, from toddlers to kids and adults to seniors, plus special formulations if you’re preggers or travelling. Filling up your grocery cart with these five fab foods makes eating healthy a snap!