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The Shopper’s Cheat Sheet-5 Foods You Need to Stay Healthy

The Shopper’s Cheat Sheet-5 Foods You Need to Stay Healthy

How many times have we opened our fridges in the middle of the day to whip up a healthy meal only to come back empty-handed?

 

We’ve been there! In fact, we were in the same situation a few days ago so we headed to our nearest store only to realize that we were facing that same situation that has plagued shoppers since the dawn of time! Or at least until we got 5 kinds of ‘nutritious’ breakfast cereals in the cereal aisle to choose from. Hence, for your convenience and ours, we’re presenting you with the ultimate shopper’s cheat sheet-a checklist of items you need to have in your fridge especially when you feel that binge coming on…

So you can say no to stuffing your face and yes to a healthier lifestyle!

  1. Apples:

Let’s face it. Mangoes can turn in their crown any day of the week because apples are the real holy grail of the fruit kingdom. Apples are full to bursting of anti-oxidants which help cancel out free radicals-Step back, Cancer, premature ageing and other diseases!

According to a study, older women who eat an apple every day, experience 23 % drop in their levels of bad cholesterol and a 4% increase in levels of good cholesterol.

Hmm… An apple a day… sound familiar?

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  1. Almonds:

And close in the race to become best are almonds. Just one pace lower than apples, almonds are nuts! Yes, that was a pun but we promise you the benefits are better than the pun.

Almonds contain the highest levels of fiber as compared to other nuts. They also contain 91-94% natural fatty acids and hence help you maintain your cholesterol levels. So if you’re on the mark and don’t wanna stray, start munching!

  1. Broccoli:

These green little guys are treasure-chests in disguise! Sauté it, grill it, broil it or just wash it and munch it in a salad, this vegetable is should be your plate’s best bro! Get it? Broccoli? BROccoli? (Sorry, we just can’t resist a good pun!)

Broccoli is rich in fiber, calcium, potassium as well as phytonutrients which help protect you against many heart diseases as well as diabetes and some cancers. Broccoli is also a nice source of anti-oxidants.

Just remember not to overcook this wonderful vegetable as that can destroy the benefits.

  1. Oily Fish:

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Oily fish are the fish that have oil in their tissues as well as around their gut. These oils are usually Omega-3 Fatty Acids which are beneficial for the heart as well as the nervous system.

Some examples of oily fish are trout, salmon, anchovies and sardines.

  1. Oatmeal:

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Oatmeal is a great breakfast food. Oatmeal helps bring down a person’s blood cholesterol levels. Oatmeal is rich in both carbohydrates as well as water-soluble fiber which slows down digestion. The benefit? You feel fuller for longer and don’t have to munch or graze before lunch-time. Oatmeal also helps stabilize blood-glucose levels. So hurrah for patients suffering from hypoglycemia!

Eating healthy? Check out this article on unhealthy trends to stay on the straight and narrow!

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