Look and Feel Good – My Top 7 Healthy But Tasty Foods
Following my last post, I have put together a list of healthy foods that dont require any cooking. Healthy foods are basically whole, not processed foods that give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs. Examples are fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, all kinds of nuts, milk (if you want to lose fat only once a week), whey and (green) beans.
However beans and vegetables arent particularly tasty. And who said there arent 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 positive effects on your mood, dark chocolate (high-cacao content) also has positive effects on your heart, circulatory system, brain function and skin. Of course you should 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 full of antioxidants and fiber.
4) Almonds. Almonds contain about 50%Â 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 instead of chips and other snacks but restrain yourself if you can – they have a lot of calories.
5) Avocados. They may not be to everyoneâ€™s taste, but they are full of vitamins (B, E, K), minerals, fiber and healthy fat. You can also make a guacamole (mashed avocados with garlic, onion, tomato, pepper, etc.).
6) Salmon. Salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins (D, A and B) andÂ mineralsÂ like Selenium, Zinc, Phosphorus, Calcium and Iron. And itâ€™s delicious.
7) Full-Fat Milk. Milk not only tastes good but provides your body with calcium, magnesium, selenium and potassium as well as vitamin C, D, A, B and K. Athletes should give low-fat chocolate milk a try after workouts as studies show it is even better for muscle recovery than special sports drinks.
You may have noticed most of the foods on my list are rich in fat. But it is monounsaturated fat, the â€œgoodâ€ fat, which can even lowerÂ LDL cholesterol in your body. The good fat doesnâ€™t really make you fat. Carbohydrates, especially too much sugar does.
The foods mentioned above make you feel full whereas sugar makes you crave for more and thus consume more calories. More important: carbohydrates in general stop your body from burning fat. So if you want to lose fat and donâ€™t have the time to exercise, try to avoid carbohydrates.
Thatâ€™s why bananas are not on this list. Yes, bananas have some vitamins and taste good, but in contrast to most fruits (for example apples) which contain fructose and glucose, bananas also contain sucrose (= carbohydrates), which is quite similar to table sugar. So the bad thing about bananas it that they affect your blood sugar levels almost like sugar does. And when the blood sugar level rises, the body produces insulin which stores sugar as glycogen in fat tissue.
P.S. If you canâ€™t stop eating toast (= carbohydrates) for breakfast, try coffee with a small piece of butter (grass-fed, unsalted). Itâ€™s fat, but healthy fat and will make you forget all the bad carbo-stuff. It might take getting used to at first, but itâ€™s worth it.