Recently, I posted on The Great American Eat Right Challenge. So, when I came across this list by Alisa Miller, on the 100 Best Foods For Women, I immediately knew I wanted to share it here. With one hundred foods to choose from, there is something for everyone.
Are you trying to eat healthy? Maybe you could pick a few of the foods on this list, and add them to your diet?
A few excerpts from Alisa Miller's list...
Women’s health needs range from extra iron during childbearing years to calcium and vitamin D for bone health. The following list provides 100 foods that will help every woman ensure that she is getting the very best nutrition for her body. From delicious avocados to tasty snack treats like pistachios to healthy desserts that are actually good for you, you will find plenty of foods sure to please both your body and your taste buds.
Since heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, I thought I would include Alissa's recommendations for a healthy heart...
- Canola oil. Replace the oil in your salad dressing with canola oil for a healthy alternative.
- Skinless poultry. Leaving off the skin will greatly reduce the fat in poultry, making for a more heart-healthy diet.
- Egg substitutes. Reducing the fat from eggs will help your heart. If you don’t like egg substitutes, just eliminate the yolk and eat the egg white.
- Cabbage. This vegetable is a great food for a healthy cardiovascular system. Eaten raw is best.
- Onions. Another good vegetable for your heart is onions.
- Grapes. Easy to get and loved by most, this fruit is also a great choice for a healthy heart.
- Raspberries. High in antioxidants, this fruit offers benefits to your cardiovascular system.
Losing weight seems to be a national pastime. Rather than jumping on a fad diet, change your menu to include these foods and see the difference it makes in your life.
- Tortillas. Low in fat, tortillas make a good substitute for bread. Find whole wheat to really get the best for your body.
- Water. This should be your drink of choice. It keeps you hydrated, suppresses your appetite, and helps metabolize fat.
- Fruit smoothie. Add bananas, blueberries, apple juice, and wheat germ or protein powder for an excellent food to keep you healthy and encourage weight loss.
- Whole wheat bagel. Filled with nutritious whole grains and low in sugar, bagels work for breakfast or as the bread for your sandwich at lunch.
- Romaine lettuce. Give up iceberg lettuce, which has barely any nutritional value and use romaine for your salads and sandwiches.
- Veggie burger. Filled with soy and other vegetables, this alternative to beef is significantly lower in calories and healthy too.
- Dried papayas. Full of iron and vitamins C and A, dried papaya is good for you and the sweetness is a great substitute for a candy bar.
- Spaghetti squash. Cook this healthy vegetable and replace the strands of it for the pasta in your spaghetti recipe for a delicious meal without the carbs.
- Watermelon. Sweet and full of hydrating water, this fruit is a great food to fill you up without filling you out.
Debra from That's Fit...
I love this list! Truly, Alissa Miller is someone who really understands healthy eating, moderation, and variety. Sometimes it's hard to find an article about healthy foods that doesn't include low-fat junk, artificial sweeteners, and prepackaged "natural" foods. This list is for those of us who value whole food nutrition.
Here are a few other posts on women and eating healthy.
Consuming foods rich in vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, B complex, calcium, magnesium, and fatty acids can also be beneficial in relieving PMS symptoms. All of these vitamins have a way of targeting specific problems. For instance, vitamin B6 is a natural diuretic which helps with bloating as well as regulating estrogen levels. Vitamin E on the other hand is responsible for relieving sore breasts, depression, and irritability. So if you happen to suffer from PMS, try incorporating a few of these beneficial tips into your daily lifestyle.
The most “serotonized” fruit is banana. It means that it is not forbidden to be taken in before sleep.
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A handful of almond will also help fall asleep. It contains tryptophan and a sufficient amount of relaxing muscles magnesium.