We all want to look good and we all want to feel good. Have you really thought about just how much feeling good has to do with your diet? Sure that cookie and those brownies taste really great. But they don’t have much if any nutritional value and they aren’t power foods.
What are power foods? Power foods makes you feel stronger and give you energy. We all need energy to handle the everyday stresses of our lives. Plus, we all want to be stronger, don’t we? Power foods can also help us ward off illness and nobody wants to be sick, right?
So what should we be eating instead of those brownies? Here are some examples of some power foods we should try to eat daily.
1. Tomatoes. These can be either canned or fresh. Why are tomatoes good for us? They contain lycopene, (which is what gives them that wonderful red coloring). Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that has been proven to help ward off cancer, prostate and breast cancer. It can also slow down the aging process (something we all would love to do).
Tomatoes also contain Vitamins A and C. These vitamins can help us to fight off colds. They also contain a small amount of fiber, potassium, and niacin.
2. Yogurt. We all have heard the commercials (probably) about how our bodies needs those active bacterial cultures. Yogurt is full of these. This is the good type of bacteria our bodies need. It helps make our immune systems stronger, helps with gastrointestinal illnesses, and fight certain infections and even cancer.
Yogurt also contains a lot of calcium, which is good for our bones and teeth.
Finally, yogurt contains protein, vitamin B12, riboflavin and potassium.
3. Avocados. Avocados used to be a no, no because of their high fat content. But their high potassium and their high content of Gluthathione, is reason enough to add them to your daily food list. Gluthathione is a powerful antioxidant that destroys free radicals. What are free radicals? They are substances that promote disease and accelerates the aging process.
Another good point about avocados is that they contain monounsaturated fat. This fat can lower the bad cholesterol in one’s system, while raising the good cholesterol. Plus, they contain Vitamin E.
But yes, they are high in fat content, so don’t over do it. Just eat a few of them.
4. Dark, leafy greens, such as Spinach and Kale (did you really think these wouldn’t be on the list?). Yes, mom was right we need to eat that spinach. Why? For one thing, they are loaded with calcium (good news for those who can’t drink milk). Remember calcium is vital for strong bones and teeth, plus for fighting osteoporosis.
Dark, leafy greens also contain large amounts of Vitamins C and A, plus fiber.
Try to eat a salad a day.
5. Salmon. We all know by now that salmon and most fish contain omega 3. Omega 3 is good for heart health, reducing inflammation and could even help with depression.
Salmon also contains a lot of protein, vitamins B12 and B6, magnesium, niacin and phosphorus.
So there you have it. Those are some of the top foods we should be eating on a daily basis.
I know those brownies may taste better, but they won’t make us look younger and they won’t give us any extra energy (except for a brief sugar high). What they can do is make us weigh more. What we need to do is put down the brownies, exercise more and try to eat the above mention foods.
Remember our bodies are similar to our cars, they need the right fuel to run their best.