Posted on 05-05-2016
At Advantage Walk-In Chiropractic, we not only offer chiropractic care, but other services to ensure that you are happy and healthy. One of these services is Nutrition Counseling. While visiting a doctor will give you a nutrition plan personalized to you, a lot of things can be done at home to also improve your nutrition. Eating right is very important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Here are some "superfoods" you can eat to improve your overall health.
Blueberries: Blueberries are a tiny, yet powerful superfood that can reduce inflammation. Inflammation itself could lead to chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, depression and cancer. Enjoy blueberries frozen, fresh, in a smoothie, or with dark chocolate for a healthy dessert option.
Black beans: Saturated fat is bad for you, but it is found in many meats. It can be difficult to find foods that are high in protein, yet low in the bad fats. Salmon is a good option, but you can't eat it everyday. Black beans are a great alternative because they are high in protein, low in the bad fats, and are versatile and can be used in a variety of different ways. Use them for homemade Mexican food, or as a surprising ingredient in this healthier brownie recipe.
Tomatoes: Tomatoes are a great superfood because they contain lycopene. Lycopene could help prevent heart disease and fight asthma. Drizzle tomatoes with a little olive oil for a heart-healthy and delicious treat. Or, cook tomatoes in a sauce or a stew to make it easier for your body to take in the benefits of lycopene.
Apples: You've heard people say, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." Well, there may be some truth to that. Apples are low in calories and great for you. They're filled with fiber, Vitamin C and antioxidants. The antioxidants found in apples could also make your allergies better. Apples are great to eat on their own, but you can also try them with almond butter, walnut butter, or dipped in honey with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Broccoli: This superfood contains vitamin C, calcium and fiber, and has been linked to reduction in cholesterol. Broccoli may also help in reducing the risk of cancer because of its phytonutrients and lack of starch. There are many ways to prepare broccoli, such as to steam it, or toss it with other veggies, pasta, and Italian dressing as a healthy addition to pasta salad.
Walnuts: Walnuts are great for you because they make you feel good. That is, they contain serotonin, which will promote calmness and boost your mood. Try walnuts toasted and tossed in a salad, or in the form of walnut butter.
Eggs: Despite what you may have heard in the past, eggs are actually very good for you. Past studies have concluded that eggs, egg yolks in particular, could raise cholesterol. However, recent research has shown that the type of cholesterol that is raised in the consumption of eggs is HDL, the good kind of cholesterol that can prevent disease. Other than than, the yolk supports memory health and the white is packed with protein. Eggs are also low in calories and high in nutrients such as vitamin D, vitamin B12, and vitamin A. Make a vegetable-packed omelet in the morning for a super breakfast.
All of these foods are great for overall health. If you want to learn more about eating right and deciding on a nutrition plan that is perfectly suited to you, come into Advantage Walk-In Chiropractic today!
Here is some more information about foods that are beneficial to your overall health.
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