#1. Dark Chocolate:
This one is very near and dear to my heart. I love chocolate and don't know too many people that don't enjoy a good piece of chocolate now and than. Rich in flavonoids which are antioxidants shown to reduce the "bad" LDL cholesterol levels, chocolate, when consumed in moderation can have some wonderful health benefits. A dark chocolate bar contains about 53.5 milligrams of flavonoids.
Growing up I remember my mother telling me to eat my spinach so I could grow up big and strong like Popeye. While I never wanted to grow up looking like that sailor, I always like the idea of having a healthy strong body and spinach definitely helps make that a reality. Spinach is a power house green that is loaded with good things like lutein and zeaxanthin, which are great for eye health. Also, spinach has been shown in recent studies to be one of the most effective foods in helping to fight off cancer.
Lemons are in a league all their own. Packed full of 100% of our daily vitamin C needs and full of citrus flavonoids that have been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, lemons are a great healthy choice to add into a healthy diet plan. A great way to add lemons to your daily routine is to add a couple slices to your water throughout the day. Not only will it add a little flavor to your water but it will also help keep your body cleansed and detoxified.
Blueberries have been touted as a super food now for a while and for good reason. Not only are these succulent berries wonderfully tasty but they also are rich in antioxidants and have been shown in recent studies to even help with memory function. One cup of blueberries is about 84 calories and can be enjoyed guilt free.
Almonds are not only a delicious little nut but they are also full of nutrients including magnesium, iron, vitamin E, riboflavin, and calcium. Almonds are a great source of fiber and may even help reduce food cravings. Snacking on almonds can not only help with weight loss but they have also been shown to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
These are just a few examples of some powerhouse additions to add to a overall healthy diet plan. Eating clean wholesome foods will help bring about the greatest health benefits as you are getting all of the vitamins and nutrients straight from the whole food source. Try incorporating these five foods into your diet this week and see how good clean eating can feel.