What foods are required for a healthy eating plan? Your body needs a daily supply of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and protein which can be easily provided by a few food groups.
The most important foods for a healthy eating plan are fruit and vegetables. Although all fruit has health benefits, it may be necessary to limit their intake if you have diabetes because of the high sugar content. However, vegetables can be eaten in abundance and then all contain many health benefits. Leafy greens in particular are great sources of antioxidants and contain protein as well. For optimal benefit, they should be eaten raw, so that no nutritional content is lost. If you do wish to cook them, steaming is the best option. Cooking in water or microwaving them will destroy many of the vitamins and minerals. Another option is cooking them in homemade soup and adding a vegetable broth.
One of the best ways to consume fruit and vegetables is by juicing them. There are many juicers on the market today that prepare homemade juice in minutes. With a very short preparation and clean up time, you can enjoy the benefits of making your own juice. This is full of enzymes and nutrition that is readily absorbed by the body for optimal health benefits.
A healthy eating plan should also include foods that have a lot of fiber. If you eat a lot of fruit and vegetables you will be getting plenty of fiber. However, there are other foods that are good for you that also will provide this. Oatmeal sweetened with fruit is a great choice for breakfast. You may also wish to add barley, lentils, or any beans to add fiber to your diet.
Contrary to popular opinion, you do not have to consume meat, eggs or dairy products to get enough protein. Soy milk, lentils, garbanzo beans as well as other beans do not have the cholesterol and fat that is common in animal based foods.
These are the foods that should be included in a healthy eating plan. A diet rich in these foods will strengthen your immune system and give you more energy.
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