I'm too skinny to diet, but I do stick to a more or less healthy food regimen and I try to incorporate these foods into my meals and snacks. Not only are they healthy, but delicious too (except for garlic maybe). Some I wish I could have more of, like raw milk, it is just too overpriced. Some should be consumed in controlled moderation, like dark chocolate.
While the Acai berry may be even more nutritionally beneficial, I don't like all the marketing hype built around it. I prefer wild blueberries, they offer a bigger nutritional punch than cultivated blueberries and in my opinion taste better. Picking them is a fun experience itself! I overdosed on these while pregnant :)
NOT instant or quick cook - that leaves your digestive system to do all the work. I eat well cooked (30 mins) oatmeal porridge. Too much grains is not good either because they do convert to sugar, so this is in moderation, once or twice a week. Goes great with any fruits!
Although eating it raw can be tough, it is the best way to eat it if you are anticipating you are getting sick. It has antiviral and antioxidant properties, can help avoid insect bites, aids in reducing heart disease, preventing cancer, and fungal infections.
Pasteurization is undoubtedly beneficial to destroy dangerous germs, but it does more than this--it kills off harmless and useful germs alike, and by subjecting the milk to high temperatures, destroys some nutritious constituents. Contrary to popular belief, it is not dangerous to drink raw milk, there are actually more cases of poisoning and contamination in mass milk production. Not to mention the antibiotics and hormones the cows are treated with.
A good natural source of folate (spinach is even better but I am not much of a fan). I love the taste and it is great raw or cooked, makes for some beautiful salads. Try cooked grated beets with garlic and walnuts!
I detested buckwheat as a child, maybe because my mother cooked it so often. But now I love it, and it is so versatile, it may be used in so many dishes. In Russia pregnant women are advised to eat it abundantly because of its nutritional benefits for both mom and baby.
I am refering to unprocessed dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content. Adding milk to chocolate cancels out its antioxidant properties. Also, adding sugar is never good. But consuming about one and a half ounces of unsweetened dark chocolate daily (in one or two week intervals) is beneficial. Now how do you stop? That's the hard part for me!
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