Everyone knows that one of the best ways to take care of your body is to be conscious of what you are putting into it, but not everyone realizes that becoming healthier can be as easy as adding a few simple foods to your grocery list. These ingredients are common and can likely be found in any grocery store, and, because they are such basic ingredients, they can be eaten in a variety of ways and added to many different recipes. So, next time you visit the grocery store, consider getting these health foods that are sure to leave you feeling amazing and will bring added health benefits into your life.
This fruit is a great snack to take on the go to work or anywhere else you go during the day. A banana is only around 100 calories, so you can enjoy all of the benefits and the taste with no guilt. Additionally, bananas are packed with fiber, vitamin A, potassium, antioxidants, and more, so eating bananas regularly and in moderation can help improve your eyesight, help your metabolism, and lower your blood pressure, among a multitude of other health benefits. They can also avoid anemia because of the large amount of iron in the fruit. If you don’t want to eat a plain banana or if you are trying to add some variety to your diet you can make banana bread, muffins, or just slice up the bananas into a healthy topping for breakfast foods like yogurt, pancakes, French toast, and more.
This food may not be as common as the previous foods, but ginger roots can be found in most produce sections. Ginger can be eaten raw or cooked into a variety of recipes. If you are going with the raw method, you can shred the ginger root over rice, stir fry, fish, soup, noodles, or basically any other food. You can also try juicing ginger and adding it to a smoothie, use it in tea, or cook it into soup. This will add a great flavor to your meal while lowering your cholesterol levels, fighting inflammation, and reducing indigestion. Ginger is also known to provide heartburn relief due to its natural anti-inflammatory properties.
Blueberries are considered a superfood because they have high amounts of antioxidants, potassium, and vitamin C. They are known to lower blood pressure, decrease your risk of cancer and chronic diseases, and slow brain aging. Buy fresh blueberries and add them to your diet in a variety of ways. Like bananas, blueberries are a great addition to yogurt, pancakes, muffins, granola and more. However, the fruits are healthier when eaten fresh, so avoid cooking them. Instead, use them as a topping, and they will add a fresh and sweet flavor to whatever food you add them to while providing many benefits to your body.
Oats are a great option for adding healthy grains to your diet because they are high in protein, fiber, and antioxidants. The most common way to eat oats is to as a healthy and filling breakfast of oatmeal. Oatmeal is great when it is topped with fruit, particularly bananas and blueberries, and you can get all of the benefits mentioned above in one bowl. Though oatmeal may be the most common and easy way to enjoy the benefits of oats, you can also add them to protein shakes or to batters for foods like muffins, pancakes, and waffles. Or you can add raw oats in your yogurt to provide extra texture and protein.
Chia seeds have a high amount of protein, fiber, and antioxidants, and they are one of the best superfoods that can also help achieve weight loss. Dry chia seeds can be a great addition to a smoothie, yogurt, oatmeal, and more. This food may be more difficult to find in most grocery stores as the previous one and you may have to go a health food store to find them, but they are definitely worth adding to your grocery list, along with the other ingredients listed above, to have a healthier and happier body.