Tuesday, March 16, 2010

How about trying some of these foods?

Grocery shopping has become so mundane lately; we pick out the same foods and put them into our cart. We rarely decide to pick up something that we don't buy often or have not tried. Sometimes it is because the kids or the husband probably won't eat it, other times it is because we don't want to waste our money on things going bad.

There are so many tasty foods that are full of nutrients and can be cooked and prepared in many different dishes that could satisfy anyone. Try to expand beyond what you normally eat, or add some of these foods back into your diet if they have fallen off.

This article from MSN reminds us of different foods that are healthy, but often forgone at the grocery store for other items. It also explains the benefits of eating in certain health styles, and eating certain foods.

Foods You Should Be Eating But Are Not

Ignore the Food Pyramid

Bowden says many Americans are misled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's food pyramid, which is a graphic, pyramid-shaped depiction of nutrition guidelines, updated every five years, that tells Americans what to eat according to food groups. Bowden dismisses it as the product of interest group politics.

"It demonizes fat," notes Bowden. "Fat is an essential building block for many important compounds in the body." This is why Bowden puts grass-fed beef, wild salmon and, yes, coconuts, on his top 10 list.

Eat Mediterranean

For Bowden, sticking to a Mediterranean-style diet is the healthiest way to eat. That means plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish, and lots of olive and nut oils. The Mediterranean diet has indeed been proved by study after study to have multiple healthful properties.

and here are the 10 foods that we should be eating:


  • anti-inflammatory properties.
  • antioxidants which body protect against the damaging effects of free radicals and the chronic diseases associated with the aging process.
  • antioxidants found to promote heart health.
  • helps lose belly fat, the kind of fat linked to diabetes and heart disease.
  • vitamin C--a whopping 115% of what you need to eat in a day.
  • low in calories
Grass-Fed Beef
  • This avoids the meat being full of hormones, antibiotics, and steroids
  • Omega-3 fatty acid
Wild Salmon
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
Flax Seed
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Contains powerful anti-cancer compounds called lignans.
  • Great source of fiber
  • Try throwing it into your next smoothie or sprinkling on a salad
Whey Protein Powder
  • Great source of protein.
  • Stimulate the immune system.
  • Try sprinkling some in your next smoothie
  • Contains indoles, and sulforaphane which are cancer-prevention agents.
  • Contains calcium, iron and vitamins A, C and K
  • The body uses the fat in coconut, called MCT, or Medium-Chain Triglycerides, as energy, like a carbohydrate
  • high in lauric acid, a fatty acid that tends to kill pathogens
Dark Chocolate
  • Contains flavanol, which improve cardiovascular health.
  • Look for chocolate with at least 60% cocoa content