Looking to spruce up your diet with healthy choices every single day? Us too. And to make it even easier for you, we’ll take care of the whole decision-making thing—because women have too many decisions to make on a daily basis anyway. The following healthy foods claim big bragging rights by protecting the future from a variety of women’s health concerns. Let’s get it!
It’s worth being nuts for these nutrient-dense nuts. a handful of walnuts a day is a snack that should be incorporated into a woman’s diet daily. You can eat them by the handful, but consider sprinkling walnuts on salads, or lightly toasting them and adding them as a garnish to the soup.
In addition to being a source of protein and Vitamin E, almonds contain about 3.5 grams of fiber per ounce. Toss a small handful of almonds into your morning smoothie or enjoy them as a snack paired with dried fruit. Or grab a jar of the creamy, indulgent nut butter.
Dried plums provide potential anti-aging benefits, especially related to strong bones. In fact, research suggests that eating about five prunes a day may help support healthy bones, while a clinical trial with post-menopausal women finds prunes may help preserve bone structure and prevent bone loss, reducing the risk of osteoporosis-related fracture.
Besides being a source of many phytochemicals, beets are a unique source of betalain pigments, which have been found to display potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and chemopreventive activity. One of these pigments, betaine, is a nutrient that not only fights inflammation but also is known to rev your metabolism.
Kill two birds with one stone with sweet potatoes. These tubers are rich in beta-carotene, a precursor for vitamin A—the essential nutrient that protects and maintains eye health. This food rich in carotenoids can give you a healthier, more attractive, and more radiant glow than you would get from sun exposure.
Natto is a Japanese dish made by boiling and fermenting soybeans with bacteria that increases the beans’ nutritional value. Natto is unique in that it’s the highest dietary source of vitamin K2—a vitamin which is important for cardiovascular and bone health as well as promoting skin elasticity to help prevent wrinkles.
Update your food shopping list accordingly, and munch, chew and sip your way to wonderful health with these stellar choices as part of a balanced diet. And then double down on your efforts by avoiding these weight loss mistakes women make, too!