Eat well, feel great
Wellness is a state of well being that encompasses the mind, body and spirit. You can put your mind at ease, when you nourish your body with healthy foods. Healthy eating not only makes you feel good physically, it feels good emotionally.
Consider adding these high nutrition, low calorie foods to your routine more often and enjoy their healthful benefits. Feeling good about your food choices is just one step on the path to wellness, and one step leads to another!
Cucumbers are cool, and crisp, with only 8 calories in a 1/2 cup of slices, or 45 calories in a whole one. High in potassium, they’re great for the heart, reducing blood pressure and heart rates by countering the effects of sodium.
A good source of Vitamin K, which has been found to aid in bone strength, and is necessary for proteins in the blood and in kidney function. Vitamin K has also been established in the treatment of Alzheimer’s patients by decreasing the damage to neurons in the brain.
The peel is high in fiber and there are good levels of B-carotene, A-carotene, vitamin-C, vitamin-A, and lutein as well, free radical foes. Free radicals damage immune function, and are a contributing factor in many diseases including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and many others. Not only that, free radicals cause wrinkles and aging too. Very few foods offer so many benefits, for so few calories.
According to the U.S. Apple Association, there are nearly 100 varieties of apple grown commercially in the United States. That’s a lot of apples! No wonder this fruit has long been a favorite.
Crunchy and sweet, they are an excellent source of fiber. One medium Gala has only 74 calories and provides 20% of your daily Vitamin C requirements. This powerful natural antioxidant helps in resistance against infection.
Tartaric acid gives apples their tart taste, and it helps protect the body from free radicals. Apples are a good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin and thiamin, which are important for the metabolism to function properly.
Pears too are packed with fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals and B-complex vitamins. A medium pear has only 96 calories, with 21% of the daily fiber and 12% of the daily Vitamin C allowance.
Eating just a few slices a day can bring a significant reduction in blood LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. They are also a good source of minerals such as copper, iron, potassium, manganese and magnesium.
Cauliflower is probably not high on your grocery list, or even on the list at all. But maybe this will change your mind, one cup of fresh cauliflower has only 27 calories and provides 77% of daily Vitamin C requirements.
Cauliflower contains several compounds that help to protect against prostate, breast, cervical, colon, and ovarian cancers by inhibiting cancer cell growth. There are good amounts of essential B vitamins as well as Vitamin K, essential to metabolize fat, protein and carbohydrates.
It is well known that bananas are high in potassium. They have long been a staple for athletes as their simple sugars quickly replenish energy and help to revitalize the body after physical exertion. One small banana (6-7 inches) has about 13% of the daily-recommended amount of potassium, in only 90 calories.
This mineral is necessary for proper nerve impulses, muscle contraction and to breakdown carbohydrates for energy. Steady amounts are important for the kidneys to keep blood levels stable.
Bananas are an excellent source of vitamin B6 (28% of RDA) which helps to keep arteries blockage free. Their soluble fiber (11% of RDA) helps lower LDL cholesterol. Bananas are high in Vitamin C and they are easily digestible.
By replacing high calorie, processed foods with fruits and vegetables, you can keep hunger at bay, and remove guilt as a daily side dish. If you are craving crunch have an apple! If your sweet tooth is gnawing at you, grab a banana!
If you are desperate for something salty, try replacing chips with cauliflower dipped in spicy salsa! There are so many healthy choices, and so many ways to enjoy them!