Posted October 27, 2014 by Melanie Heggs
Many believe that any food that tastes good can’t be healthy for you and vice versa. These foods are the exception to the rule. Here some great reasons to indulge in these yummy foods, without the guilt.
Believe it or not, popcorn isn’t just a movie junk food. It has whole grains and antioxidants, which can protect the body cells from disease. It also contains small amounts of vitamin B, magnesium, zinc and iron. Go easy on the butter, though, or don’t add any at all.
Dark chocolate contains antioxidants, which help skin stay firm and regulate cortisol levels. A little bit of chocolate can even act as a painkiller.
Tomatoes contain vitamin C and beta carotene. Vitamin C prevents infections, like gum disease, for instance. It also prevents cardiovascular disease and skin wrinkling.
Almond butter has vitamin E, as well as magnesium, which is good for your metabolism. Look for the almond butters that are minimally processed, without added preservatives or additives.
If you’re craving a cookie, oatmeal raisin is probably the best choice, since it’s a good source of fiber and carbohydrates, helping to boost the immune system and keep the stomach full for a long time.
A one ounce serving of pistachios is packed with fiber, protein, vitamin E and vitamin B. They are one of the nuts that contain the lowest amount of calories or fats. They can also reduce blood clots.
Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, phosphorus and vitamin B6. Eating salmon has been known to improve brain function, cardiovascular health, and even make you feel happier.
Who says you can’t enjoy waffles while you’re trying to eat healthy? Choose whole grain and you’ll have a good source of magnesium and dietary fiber, and it lowers the risk of heart disease.
Drinking red wine can give you a boost in brain power, as well as help your heart. A study also showed that a compound found in wine can prevent the growth of fat cells.
A study proved that cinnamon-flavored gum or even smelling the scent of cinnamon can improve brain function. Also, in Chinese medicine, cinnamon is used to treat nausea.