Food is one of the things that all we humans have in common. Whether you are a picky eater or will eat just about anything, we all have to eat at some point. But if you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle you certainly can’t fill up on doughnuts and pizza. It’s important to get the most out of your nutritional intake so that the nutrients can help keep you healthy, happy, and moving right along.
As a personal trainer in the Vancouver, Washington area I often speak to my clients, most of which are baby boomers, about food and which options are nutritional powerhouses. Here are 10 foods that are such nutritional powerhouses that all baby boomers should eat:
- Kale. This nutritional powerhouse is low in calorie, having only around 33 calories, but is packed with calcium, and vitamins A, C, and K. It also has a healthy dose of manganese, phosphorus, potassium, and copper. It’s also high in antioxidants to help keep your body healthy.
- Nuts. While you may not want to go nuts with them, they can be a really healthy addition to any diet. They contain polyphenols, which help keep your heart healthy.
- Salmon. Rich in omega-3s and vitamin D, this food has essential fatty acids your body needs.
- Beans. Loaded with fiber, this food will help keep your cholesterol lower and your risks of heart disease lower.
- Oatmeal. Not sure what to start your day with? Reaching for oatmeal can help keep your body healthy, as it helps fight heart disease.
- Flaxseed. This is an especially important food option for those who don’t eat fish. Flaxseed is the most powerful form of plant-based omega-3s and can help lower heart disease risks.
- Avocado. Sure, they have fat in them. But it’s the healthy kind of fat that your body actually needs. They also have fiber, potassium, vitamin E, and folate. They have also been cited for lowering heart disease risks, as well as macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of age-related blindness.
- Cruciferous veggies. Eating cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, are good for lowering risks of both heart disease and cancer.
- Quinoa. This whole grain has a subtle flavor, plenty of protein, is good for your heart, and is loaded with fiber. Use it in place of rice or other grains.
10. Lentils. Another healthy protein powerhouse, these are versatile. Use them in soup, stews, pastas, and more. They have lots of heart-healthy fiber, too.
As a bonus healthy food, opt for tomatoes. They have lycopene, which is an antioxidant, which is beneficial for fighting breast cancer and heart disease. Have more questions about which foods are nutritional powerhouses and which ones should never enter the house? Feel free to contact me. I help many people throughout the Vancouver, Washington area with their personal trainer needs. I can help you, too!