Apples: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” It’s something we’ve all heard since we were kids. Now here’s why this quote has never died: Apples lower cholesterol, promote healthy bones, prevent asthma, and contribute to weight loss. So whether you are looking to lose weight or increase your bone health, eat an apple to help you along the way!
Bananas: Bite a banana today! Bananas are sweet and nutritious and make a great substitute for junk food. Add a banana to oatmeal, cereal, smoothies, and even pancakes. Bananas will give your meal that extra “umph”!
Bell Peppers: Red, yellow, orange, or green, oh my! You can’t go wrong with any color of these delicious peppers that make every meal taste great. Bell peppers are rich in antioxidants. Foods high in antioxidants have been shown to help prevent heart disease. So make your meal more colorful with these delightfully healthy additions!
Carrots: Rabbits have great eyesight, right? Well, I don’t know about rabbits but carrots are great for eyesight but they do so much more than simply improve your vision. Carrots are loaded with fiber, which make them a great mid-day snack and can help with weight loss! So eat your carrots, your eyes and waist will thank you!
Dark Chocolate: Yes, you read that right. Dark chocolate is good for you! Dark chocolate is another great source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight free radicals which can cause cell damage and certain cancers. And dark chocolate is also known to help regulate blood sugar because it works to reduce insulin resistance. So keep a bar of dark chocolate in your cabinet for a guiltless indulgence!
Garlic: Who doesn’t like to cook with garlic? Almost everyone nowadays knows about the benefits of garlic. It helps lower cholesterol & blood pressure, kills certain bacteria, and helps in the fight against cancer. Enough said!
Olive Oil: Olive oil is great for cooking and should be a daily part of your cooking. It helps strengthen the heart, fight diabetes, and helps with weight loss. Olive oil is easy to find and a wonderful ally in cooking!
Oranges: Oranges are loaded with Vitamin C and help strengthen your immune system. A stronger immune system can help in the fight against diseases from the common cold to cancer. Need I say more?
Spinach: Want to be strong like Popeye? Or maybe the Hulk? Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration but seriously, spinach is great for cardiovascular health. It can help fight cancer and improve brain function. Mix it in a leafy salad or put in an omelet, you can’t go wrong with this leafy green!
Tea (green): Green tea contains a powerful antioxidant called ECGC. ECGC is believed to be capable of inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. It can also help lower cholesterol and contributes to weight loss by giving boosts of energy to help you jumpstart your morning workout!