A healthy diet should be full of color—reds, oranges, purples, greens and more. But sometimes it’s hard to determine which colorful fruits and veggies will be best for certain diets.
Use the list of tips and stock up on these green foods for better health.
Avocados are great for cardiovascular health and contain a rich variety of healthful nutrients like vitamin E, which helps prevent cholesterol oxidation, according to Healthiest Foods. Although this food is high in fat and calories, it’s great for weight loss. Eating healthy fats is good for you. Avocados are filled with monounsaturated fatty acids. This type of fat is burned slowly not stored as body fat. And, monounsaturated fats keep you feeling fuller for longer periods of time.
Eating avocados regularly can also lead to improved heart-health, glowing skin and a decreased risk of diabetes and arthritis.
Kiwi acts as a digestive aid with the help of protein-disolving enzymes called actinidain. The fuzzy fibers on kiwis can help move toxins out of your intestinal track and can improve overall digestive health. This exotic fruit is a rich source of vitamin E. Vitamin E antioxidants are known to help protect skin from degeneration, reports Care2.
Kiwis are naturally organic and are found on the list of foods that are generally safe and free of pesticides.
The consumption of 100 grams organic sprouts each day could reduce the risk of cancer, according to the University of Ulster. Vegetarians often turn to sprouts as a source for protein by including alfalfa and beans in their diets. These types of sprouts are high in fiber and low in fat and contain zero cholesterol, noted the International Sprout Growers Association. Learn how to grow your own sprouts at home here.
Packed with antioxidants, cancer-fighting detoxifying compounds called glutathione, high-levels of amino acids and rich in vitamins including A, C, E and K, asparagus is often shrugged off and is not typically picked up in the produce section as a go-t0 healthy food.
When preparing your asparagus be sure to limit your use of salt and butter so you can get the most out of its diuretic properties, suggests EatingWell. Try this roasted asparagus recipe.
Eating a diet packed with vegetables can reduce the risk of chronic diseases and vegetables, including green peppers, reduce free radical damage. Green bell peppers are a great source of nutrients for healthy eyes because they contain zeaxanthin, which keeps eyes healthy and can help reduce the risk of age related eye disorders, according to HealthyEating. This veggie is a great source of fiber, which can aid in weight-loss and help you to maintain a healthy weight. Fiber keeps you full for longer periods of time, which can help you stay away from making a second trip back to the fridge.
Fresh green peppers taste great with hummus and green peppers are mild enough to work well in a variety of different dishes.
My obsession with kale has already been noted in a previous post, but the health benefits of this leafy green were just to great to leave out of this list. Eating kale can keep your immune system healthy with aid from vitamin C. The vitamin A in kale is great for your skin and vision and can even help prevent cancers.
Kale is great for detoxing. If you’re looking to have a healthy diet overhaul, stock up on some leafy kale bushels to keep your liver healthy.
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