Ok, so I must admit…I’ve been saving this magazine since February, and couldn’t part with it because the cover is so beautiful! I’m finally recycling it, but before I do, I have to share the goods with you.
Real Simple Magazine interviewed a bunch of dietitians and nutritionists to learn the 30 healthiest foods we should be incorporating into our diet.
I don’t usually agree with diet suggestions from magazines (“diet sodas! 100-calorie pack oreos!”) but I knew just from the cover picture that I’d be totally on board with their suggestions. And for the most part, I am. There’s 1 thing on their list that I wouldn’t consider a health food, and that’s skim milk. Here’s an article about it, if you want to learn more about that. I actually don’t recommend dairy as a health food in general, so if you’re going to have milk, I’d stick with organic almond milk or coconut milk. If you do drink cow’s milk, please buy organic! Just my 2 cents. Now read on for the health foods….
Here’s the list they came up with, with a quick tidbit from the magazine about why each one is healthy.
- Mushrooms (protects against breast cancer)
- Whole-grain pasta (fiber)
- Walnuts (omega-3s)
- Nut butters (protein, healthy fats)
- Oatmeal (fights heart disease)
- Barley (high fiber, fights cholesterol)
- Quinoa (complete plant-based protein)
- Lentils (protein, folate – prevent birth defects)
- Bulgur (fiber, B vitamins, calcium)
- Almonds (monounsaturated fatty acids)
- Eggs (B12, protein — buy organic only)
- Greek yogurt (probiotics)
- Chicken (protein — buy organic only)
- Wild Salmon (omega-3s — buy wild, not farmed)
- Sardines (protein, vitamin D, B12, omega-3s)
- Kale (antioxidants, vitamin C, calcium, beta-carotene)
- Kiwi (vitamin C, potassium)
- Blueberries (fiber, antioxidants)
- Broccoli (vitamin C, vitamin K)
- Avocados (fiber, monounsaturated fats)
- Black Beans (antioxidants, magnesium)
- Sweet Potatoes (beta-carotene)
- Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (monounsaturated fats)
- Edamame (fiber, protein)
- Chard (calcium, B vitamins, beta-carotene)
- Kidney Beans (antioxidants)
- Oranges (vitamin C)
- Spinach (iron, folate, antioxidants)
- Pumpkin (potassium, antioxidants)
I know many of you readers out there are health-conscious, so tell me…do you agree with the list? Anything you’d add or remove?