If you are looking to be a bit healthier sometimes the best approach is to start small. Choosing to focus on a handful of foods in your diet at a time has many advantages. Sometimes you may discover food intolerances you didn’t know you had. It also keeps a person from feeling overwhelmed, since you may only be switching out one food for another, or adding additional foods.
Here are 5 excellent choices to add to your diet if you aren’t eating them already.
Rice. Rice is full of fiber, inexpensive and is a staple and focus of the meal in Asian diets that do not have obesity or cardiovascular problems. Rice is also not known to have any allergic properties so it is the only choice for people who suffer from a wheat allergy or have celiac disease.
Grapefruit. The Nutrition and Metabolic Research Center at Scripps Clinic conducted a 12 week study confirming grapefruit as part of your diet regulates insulin, which in-turn leads to weight loss when, weightloss is necessary. Problems with insulin is the leading cause of obesity and it can occur from many natural problems in the body, and problems some people give to themselves (which is either from too much consumption or medications).Grapefruit's high fiber and water content provides more satiation. Plus it is rich in vitamin C which helps boost the immune system. If you do not have insulin problems, sprinkle a little sugar, or try Red Grapefruit which is less bitter. Grapefruit is not a good choice for people who have very strong bitter and sour taste buds.
Green Tea. According to a study published in the Journal for Nutrition, green tea helps burn additional abdominal fat when approximately 625mg of the ECG is consumed and exercise is being exercised. Provident Clinical and Meridian Research groups conducted this study on the delicate leaves of the tea plant. So it’s not just hearsay or internet chat. Green Tea contains heart healthy antioxidants, improves bone density, and is low cost. Plus many people do not drink the correct amount of liquid a day (which is .5 oz. per lb. of lean body mass) Green tea you brew yourself (even with a bit of sweetener) does count for your water requirement.
Spinach. Popeye was strong to finish, because he ate his spinach, but why? We think it’s because spinach is very rich in vitamins and minerals, Folate, Iron, Calcium and Vitamin C. And it is also loaded with antioxidants. Spinach also is a very versatile food. There are many ways to add it to your meals you are already eating and since it doesn't have an overpowering taste, you may not notice it in your sauces or stir-fry’s. Great to be enjoyed raw in salads or on sandwiches, even better as a pie or quiche. Spinach is very low in calories, about 25 per cup, so don't expect it to help you maintain your energy, or worry about it if you had to trim calories.
Broccoli. Sure, it can provide gas, however that is typical if it is raw or not cooked fully. Broccoli should be a light green after cooking if you want it to be more gas free. This cruciferous vegetable is rich in vitamin C, folate, calcium, and fiber making it nutritious and filling.