When I started out eating healthy, I thought I had my whole diet figured out! And then only a year or two later, I started finding more and more things that were missing for a wholesome diet. Now, I embrace new information and keep improving my diet almost every day. But here are 3 things that your diet is probably missing as well, and that you should add immediately!
Nuts are nature’s mini nutrition powerhouses. They are full of vitamins, heart-healthy fats, minerals and protein! Now, I’m NOT talking about Mr. Peanut or any flavored or salted nuts. I’m talking about raw, organic nuts. They have a good mix of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and protein. Which also helps you feeling full, thus reducing the intake of any additional food. Making nuts a great snack and essential part of your diet. But don’t go completely nuts for nuts! Nuts are high in calories and natural fat. So as with everything else, eat them in moderation.
Did you know that eating a 1/4 cup of walnuts will help in preventing Alzheimer’s and depression? Or that it has more fatty acids than salmon or tuna? There are a ton of benefits of eating nuts. I will go more in depth about the healthiest nuts, if anyone requests.
Beans are another nature’s wonder that seems to go forgotten a lot of the time. Beans are essential in your diet, especially if you are a vegeterian. Why? Beans are high in protein and provide a healthy alternative to meat proteins. As a matter of fact, kudos to all the vegeterians out there, because I just learned recently a few facts about meat and high-protein diets. Apparently, animal products create an acid called uric acid, which makes our blood highly acidic. To fight acidity and to protect itself, our bodies release calcium from our bones. You can read more about it here.
Back to beans! Beans can lower your risk of coronary heart disease. Shanghai Women’s Health Study did a study with over 60,000 women and found that legumes, particulary soybeans lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. Not to mention the many other benefits of beans.
Seeds. Well, to be honest, when I began my journey for better health, the only seeds I knew, were sunflower seeds. And even those, were salted. Now my diet contains many types of seeds, and now unsalted,organic, sunflower seeds as well. Flax seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds and sprout seeds are among the healthiest. Since seeds are basically the “egg” of the plant, they contain all the necessary nutrients for plant life to flourish. Hence, it’s a great source of everything. Including zinc, iron, vitamin E, calcium, etc. Obviously different seeds, have different benefits. But you should definitely include them in your diet.
Hopefully this helps to improve your diet as well. And would love to hear from you guys, if you were in fact missing any of these in your diet! Please share your own tips, recipes, etc, to help grow our community and to help each other.