Being a trainer, plenty of clients ask me “what are healthy foods?” Well, healthy foods are basically whole, not processed food items that give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs. Examples are fruits and vegetables, fish, all kinds of nuts, milk (if you wish to lose fat only once a week), whey and (green) beans.
However beans and vegetables aren’t particularly tasty. And who said there aren’t foods that are good for your health but also tasty? So here are my top 7 healthy but tasty foods:
1) Dark chocolate. Big surprise! Apart from the results on your mood, chocolates (high-cacao content) also offers results on your heart, circulatory system, brain function and skin. Of course you must eat it in moderation (max. a 1.6-ounce a day).
2) Coconuts. Those nuts are not only tasty but also extremely rich in selenium, potassium and healthy fat.
3) Blueberries. They taste good and are high in antioxidants and fiber.
4) Almonds. Almonds contain about 50% oils (mostly omega-9 fatty acids that are good for your brain). They are also rich in vitamin E, fiber and essential minerals. Try to eat them in place of chips and other snacks but restrain yourself if you can – they’ve plenty of calories.
5) Avocados. They may possibly not be to everyone’s taste, but they are high in vitamins (B, E, K), minerals, fiber and healthy fat. You can even create a guacamole (mashed avocados with garlic, onion, tomato, pepper, etc.).
6) Salmon. Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins (D, A and B) and minerals like Selenium, Zinc, Phosphorus, Calcium and Iron. And it’s delicious.
7) Full-Fat Milk. Milk is not only tastes good but provides your body with calcium, magnesium, selenium and potassium as well as vitamin C, D, A, B and K. Moreover, based on fresh study women can slightly increase their fertility by consuming full fat milk products (consuming reduced fat milk products, on the other hand, may slightly reduce fertility). Athletes should give low-fat chocolate milk a try after workouts as studies show it’s better still for muscle recovery than special sports drinks.
You could have noticed a lot of the foods on my list are rich in fat. But it’s monounsaturated fat, the “good” fat, which could even lower LDL cholesterol in your body. The nice fat doesn’t really cause you to fat. Carbohydrates, especially a lot of sugar does. The foods stated earlier make you feel full whereas sugar makes you crave for more and thus consume more calories. Chinese food More important: carbohydrates generally speaking stop your body from burning fat. So if you wish to lose fat and don’t have the time to exercise, avoid carbohydrates.
That’s why bananas are not on this list. Yes, bananas involve some vitamins and taste good, but in contrast to many fruits (for example apples) which contain fructose and glucose, bananas also contain sucrose (> carbohydrates), which is quite similar to table sugar. That’s reason why they affect your blood sugar almost like white bread or sugar does.
P.S. If you can’t stop eating toast and oatmeal for breakfast, try coffee with a small bit of butter (grass-fed, unsalted). It’s fat, but healthy fat and can make you forget all of the bad carbo-stuff. It might take getting used to initially, but it’s worth it!