Everyone has seen the charts in the doctor's office or glossy magazines, showing a complicated pyramid of foods to eat and foods to avoid. As more studies are done on health and diet, though, the pyramid sometimes gets rearranged. What do health professionals really think is good for our daily diet and how do we remember which foods are good? Just spell TASTY!
T is for tuna and salmon, those fatty fish rich in omega-3 acids, which strengthen the brain and help decrease inflammation. Their little cousins, sardines, are also fatty fish, and come in a can just the right size for a good snack.
A is for apples and avocados. The fiber in an apple may help lessen the risk of stroke, and avocados are rich in potassium to help manage blood sugar and blood pressure. Pears are just as good as apples at "keeping the doctor away," as the old rhyme says.
S is for sweet potatoes. Not just for Thanksgiving anymore, these gluten-free goodies are packed full of the healthy carbohydrates that may help prevent diabetes. Don't forget other dark-colored healthy foods, like spinach, kale and carrots.
T is also for treats. A handful of almonds, a scoop of fresh blueberries or a piece of dark chocolate can help give long-lasting energy, provide fiber and help with brain power.
Y is for yogurt, especially the Greek kind, a serving of which has more protein than a chicken breast. Greek yogurt has the probiotic qualities (good bacteria) that help with digestion.
Most of all, medical professionals and dieticians advise eating a varied and well-balanced diet of dark and leafy vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains and fatty fish. But each one of those items can be tasty as well as beneficial to your health.
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