Many of us try to get a balanced diet, but what if there were foods we should be eating but might not have in our diet? It turns out they might not be so hard to incorporate after all and are pretty delicious too.
One of the best things about artichokes is the fact we can eat almost every part of them and enjoy the food in so many different ways. It’s also high in fiber, meaning we should feel fuller for longer. Top that with the fact that artichokes are low in calories and fat – minus any dip or sauces used with the vegetables – and it might not be long before we all add them to our diet.
They might not be as popular as beans, but lentils are a superfood that many of us could benefit from in our diets. They are a great addition to stews and soups and can give a significant boost of fiber to our meals. Lentils are also packed with protein, always a bonus for people wanting a balanced diet.
You don’t have to boil cauliflower to enjoy it in your diet. It can be pulsed to make sauces and blitzed to form cauliflower rice. Like broccoli, cauliflower is filled with fiber and vitamin C, which is essential to keep our bodies moving. Some studies suggest it could also help to reduce the risk of developing cancer.
Seaweed is something many of us should be eating, but most don’t have it in our diet. That is unless we love a weekly helping of sushi. Seaweed absorbs essential nutrients from the sea, meaning it’s packed full of plenty of good things, including vitamins, minerals, iron, and calcium. It’s also a pretty delicious addition that is more versatile than many realize.
Being so high in antioxidants means that beets are an excellent addition to anyone’s diet, especially as they become a lot sweeter and softer once they are cooked. They can be added to salads, wraps, sauces, and just about anything else we think up along the way. Studies show that beets can help increase the blood flow to our brain, lower blood pressure, and even protect against chronic illnesses such as cancer.
Okay, we know that many people want to instantly turn their noses up at prunes, but hear us out. They are filled with fiber and antioxidants and are one of the best foods when it comes to keeping ourselves regular – if you know what we mean. They can be eaten as they come, or prunes can be chopped and added into baked goods – such as muffins and cakes – or smoothies and protein shakes for an extra hit of the good stuff.
Getting a balanced diet really could be as easy as making a few simple changes. In fact, adding in some of the best foods we should be eating could be all that many of us need to fuel our bodies with everything they need to be healthy.