Seven Nutritious Foods for 2016 To Change Your Diet
If you are thinking about making changes in 2016, then you may need to think about nutrient dense foods. It’s not about eating less, it’s about eating better, so look for nutrient dense foods this year.
Salmon, and other fatty types of fish, contain high amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids which may lower risk of cardiovascular problems, and large amounts of magnesium, potassium, selenium and B-vitamins which are important for heart, brain, and nervous system health. For those who are beginning a program to build muscle, salmon, especially smoked and dried is a good source of protein. It’s important to eat a protein within 30-45 minutes after lifting weights.
Believe it or not, buffalo meat is higher in protein and lower in fat, calories and cholesterol than beef, chicken or pork. In fact, buffalo meat is almost pure protein containing 25 to 30% more than beef. This nutrient dense meat doesn't shrink in cooking, so pound for pound, it doesn't cost much more than "cheaper" meats. For that reason it’s a wise choice for dieters and athletes. (1)
Fermented foods like kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi are an extremely healthy addition to any diet. Why? The fermentation process not only preserves the food, but also creates healthy enzymes and probiotics that can aid in digestion. These foods are also high in Omega-3 fatty acids and B-vitamins. Fermented drinks like kombucha tea are a healthier choice rather than sugar filled fruit juices or soda. Fermented foods can be made at home and starter kits are usually available in the refrigerated section of most health food stores.
Greek yogurt is a nutritional powerhouse that higher in protein than regular yogurt, and loaded with probiotics which are important for healthy gut bacteria. Like fermented foods, Greek yogurt can be made at home, but, if you choose to purchase there are many more varieties available. Manufacturers are now mixing fruit with a savory twist like ginger and orange, feta and watermelon, as well as olive oil, seeds and spices. Greek yogurt can be used as a dip for vegetables, as a sauce for chicken and fish or as a topping for soup.