Instead of going to the drugstore, here’s how to stay healthy with smart food choices
Are you searching for a magic pill to cure your ills? Well, look no further than the produce section at the grocery store or your local farmers’ market!
You might be surprised to find out that one of the best ways you can stay healthy and fight illness is by eating the right types of food. And, you can save money and have a tasty meal.
Raid nature’s medicine cabinet
Here’s an easy way to start: Eat more fruits and vegetables. People who include more fruits and veggies in their diet are likely to have a lower risk of certain chronic diseases.
|Omega 3||Flaxseed, salmon and walnuts||
|Vitamin C||Oranges and berries (blueberries, acai berry and strawberry)|
|Iron||Lean red meat, spinach, kidney beans, lentils, and peas|
|Fiber||Beans and peas
Vegetables and fruit (whole or cut up fruit is better than juice)
Nut berries and brown rice
|Potassium||Bananas, prunes, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, orange juice, sweet potatoes, white beans, tomato products, beet greens, soybeans, lima beans, spinach, lentils and kidney beans||
|Folic Acid Folate||Dark green, leafy vegetables, spinach, asparagus, Brussels sprouts and black-eyed peas
Fruits, such as oranges, grapefruit and bananas
Tips on eating more fruit and vegetables
- Keep a bowl of fruit on your table, kitchen counter or fridge.
- Use pureed, cooked vegetables such as potatoes to thicken stews and soups.
- Juice your vegetables as a fun and tasty way to add them to your diet.
- Cut-up fruit is an excellent snack. Try apples, pineapples or melon. Get vegetables that are easy to prepare. Buy bagged salad or a veggie tray that’s already prepared for snacking. Order a veggie pizza and get toppings like green peppers, onions and mushrooms.