Top 5 Healthy Foods to Always Have on Your Grocery List

Most of us these days have some sort of an “off-limit” foods list, which can range from lectins and dairy to grains and sugar. However, there are some foods considered so nutritious they make practically any approved list. Thinking about what you can’t have feels restrictive. But shifting your perspective to what you can have is a healthier mindset. Thinking in those terms can be more helpful for reaching your health goals.

Experts love these 5 healthy foods because they’re proven disease fighters and energy boosters. Consider adding some of these recipes to your next meal plan!

1. Leafy Greens

In addition to serving as a great source of dietary fiber, green leafy vegetables are high in vitamins A, C and K, and are rich in iron. 

Try them in a breakfast hash, smoothie, or a meal-worthy salad.

2. Avocado

Avocado

The top health benefits of avocados are many given their that they contain good fats, fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytosterols. Consuming them regularly may help boost heart health, improve digestion, enhance liver health, and aid in weight management. Avocado also helps keep the eyes healthy due to its high lutein content and protects the skin from signs of aging.

Try using them in everything from tuna salad to sweet potato toast and even smoothies.

3. Salmon

Salmon is one of the top sources of omega-3’s, fatty acids that benefit the heart by slowing accumulation of plaque that gums up arteries and better lipid profiles and blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association. The AHA recommends consuming two fatty-fish meals per week.

Use it on a breakfast toast or broiled for a quick weeknight dinner.

4. Berries

As a source of natural sugar, people remain weary that eating berries may cause weight gain. The reality is that, in moderation, fruit — especially berries — can add a source of satisfying, subtle sweetness to any eating plan. Raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries are rich in disease-fighting polyphenols and are lower-carb.

Try them as an chia seed breakfast bowl or granola parfait topping, snack or dessert.

5. Walnuts

Walnuts are particularly special because they contain a type of omega-3 called alpha-linoleic acid (ALA). They’re also a good way to eat more fiber and are rich in magnesium, which plays a key role in more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body.

Try using em’ in everything from carrot cake muffins to this delicious salad to walnut crusted chicken.

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