Drink no more than three cups of green tea a day. There are a vast number of studies showing green tea’s health and weight loss benefits. What is responsible for green tea’s ability to prevent disease and more? The catechins contained in the leaves of the tea plant. Catechins are a group of antioxidants that are powerful in their protective ability against illness and disease. Green tea is also beneficial as an adjunct to any weight loss programme. The catechin EGCG contained in it ramps up the metabolism as well.
Have about 15 almonds daily. Soak them the night before to absorb nutrients better.
If you are wondering what you should be eating every day to stay healthy, then almonds must be on your list. Almonds are high in the heart-healthy oleic acid that is responsible for many health benefits, including better memory. Almonds are high in fibre and protein and because they are so crunchy, just 12 will go a long way compared to other nuts.
Have half a cup of blueberries every day, but if you are diabetic or on blood-thinning medicines, ask your doctor first.
Blueberries are one of the most antioxidant-rich foods in the world and top the list of healthy foods to eat every day. Antioxidants are necessary for life and are well known to reverse and prevent heart disease and even cancer. The blue colour of the berry comes from its polyphenols, which provide most of its antioxidant properties. Blueberries are also high in vitamin C and fibre.
You can easily have one cup of chopped bell peppers a day. Roast them to get more antioxidants.
Bell peppers come in many different shades such as green, purple, orange and red. Each of them, because of their colour, adds a distinct array of phytonutrients that will help to create optimal health. Bell peppers are dense with vitamin C and vitamin E, both protective against poor health.
When purchasing yoghurt, opt for high-protein, low-fat Greek yogurt and have it for breakfast or a snack.
Greek yoghurt has less natural sugar lactose and more protein than regular yoghurt. Yoghurt also contains beneficial bacteria that calm down inflamed digestive tracts as well as boost your immune system. Your digestive tract is where 70 per cent of your immune system resides.
Apples are good even for diabetics. Much of apples’ antioxidant awesomeness is in the peel, so do not peel your apple – and buy organic. Even though apples contain a modest amount of fibre, half of this is pectin, which has a powerful impact on your health. Apples help create better health, especially in the areas of heart health, diabetes, cancer, stroke and brain health.
Steam your spinach to remove some of the harmful oxalates but retain vitamins C, E and folate and essential minerals. Like other dark greens, spinach is an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful disease-fighting antioxidant that’s been shown to protect against and fight heart disease and cancer. This dark leafy green contains several important phytochemicals, including lutein, which helps prevent age-related macular degeneration. Spinach also contains lipoic acid, which helps antioxidant vitamins C and E regenerate. Because of its role in energy production, lipoic acid is highly effective for regulating blood sugar levels. Spinach also contains a good amount of the highly important omega 3 fats – yes! Spinach is one veggie important to optimal health.
Having one egg a day is the easiest way to get some protein in your diet. Eggs are not only low in calories, they are a powerhouse of protein, vital nutrients and healthy fat. Research has shown that people who replaced carbohydrates with eggs for breakfast lost 65% more weight, and egg eaters benefit greatly with more added nutrients to their diet. The high protein content in eggs not only balances blood sugar, keeping you from being tempted by junk food, it helps to build muscle as well.
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