Bad to Best Real Foods List

For some people, it takes a lot of effort to make corrections to habits that they’ve had for long periods of time. Or you might be someone who needs to see something at a glance in order to make a positive change. In this short “Health-e-Byte,” you will learn about the best foods that are considered ‘real foods’, similar to clean eating and following a whole foods lifestyle.

Below are a few examples to help you get a good grasp of the tiers of food quality. The list shows in a simple way how source, content, and freshness can make a major impact on the quality of your food. Convenience foods make up a large portion of what people consider when they are short on time but sacrifice their nutritional content in doing so. There are also cultural factors that appear across the board, but the impact is relatively clear.  If you take the time to plan out your meals you’ll be sure to make better choices.   

 

Breakfast

Bad – Coffee with artificial sweetener, name brand jelly with high-fructose corn syrup, box cereal with high fructose corn syrup.

Good – Coffee with white sugar, jelly that’s been sweetened with fruit juice, Instant oats, orange juice from the store.

Better – Coffee with a small amount of natural sweetener like honey, freshly crushed berries, plain oatmeal sweetened with honey or fruit chunks, homemade granola.

 

 

Lunch

 

Bad – Bag of processed snacks, inexpensive white bread, prepackaged meat cuts with filler, salt, and water added, name brand mayonnaise, can of soda.

Good – Baked seasoned nuts, pre-seasoned popcorn, Specialty whole grain bread bought at the store, store sliced cold cuts of meat, organic specialty mayonnaise, store-bought juice drink, or flavored name brand iced tea.

Better – Raw nuts, popcorn you seasoned, homemade trail mix, whole wheat bread made by you or a bakery, freshly cooked and sliced meats, lightly seasoned mashed avocado for spread, freshly squeezed juice, tea, or water.

 

Dinner

Bad – Conventional meat from the store, box macaroni, and cheese, dehydrated vegetable packet, can of soda or fruit punch that doesn’t contain much juice and is abundant with high fructose corn syrup.

Good – Organic meat from the store, organic box macaroni, and cheese, frozen vegetables for a side, store-bought sparkling cider, specialty sodas.

Better – Locally raised meat, homemade shells and real cheese, fresh seared vegetables, homemade sodas, juice, teas, flavored with juice mixtures, or water.

This simple list should help you and give you a better idea about foods that are good, bad, or the best when eating a real foods diet.

 

I hope you enjoyed this “Health-e-Byte.”  Please feel free to leave a comment below to let me know what you liked about it.

To your health!

Pamela

5 Best Healthy Foods for a Longer Life

 

Living longer is about exercising and eating healthy foods. The healthier the foods that you eat, the more likely you are to live a longer, happier life.

Obviously, there are thousands of healthy foods. Almost all vegetables that you may come across are likely healthy, as are the majority of fruits. Natural grains tend to be in the upper pinnacle of healthy eating too.

But what are the healthiest foods – the foods that if you eat them regularly you are guaranteed to get the most nutrients you can from your meal? What are the foods that everyone should be eating in order to live a long and healthy life?

The Healthiest Foods – a Countdown

All five of those foods are considered some of the healthiest foods in the world – but beyond that, they are all also incredibly versatile, so it is not too difficult to get them into your daily diet regularly. For anyone who wants to improve their overall health and wellness and planning on eating a significantly healthier diet regularly, these foods are the first place you should go. They are simply loaded with all of the necessary ingredients that you need in order to improve your health.

 

 

1. Salmon

Salmon is like soy on steroids. Loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and other beneficial nutrients, salmon has almost everything that you need all in one grilled piece of fish. It is also low in fat and cholesterol (high in good cholesterol) and is a great addition to anyone’s diet.

2. Soy

Soy is considered a healthy food. It has fiber, vitamins, Omega-3, protein, calcium – almost everything that you could need from a meal. It can also be found in almost every different type of food, as vegetarians can find soy meats, soy cheeses, tofu and other food types that can all be used to get soy in every meal.

3. Greens (Spinach, Kale & Collard Greens)

Greens are a great source of protein, fiber, calcium, and other important vitamins and minerals. While spinach may not be as good for you as Kale and Collard Greens, it is more versatile and can be eaten in far more ways than just salad, so it can easily become a staple in your cuisine even when you want to mix it up.

 

4. Cranberries (Berries)

Berries are another extremely healthy food. They have a number of antioxidants that are vital for healthy living. Cranberries are just one of several berries that are extremely high in antioxidants, but all berries have their benefits and should be eaten regularly.

5. Quinoa (Whole Grains)

Whole grains are vital for healthy living, and quinoa is one of the healthiest of those whole grains. A rather bland food overall, quinoa is very easy to flavor with things like lemon, garlic, oils, salt, and other flavors that make it taste significantly better. It is extremely high in both protein and fiber, and it is also a good source of iron and magnesium.

 

If you enjoyed this “Health-e-Byte,” please leave a comment below and let me know what you liked about it.


To your health!

Pamela

About Me

Welcome!

Health for You was developed to help inspire health and wellness among those who visit.  I have struggled with my weight and other health issues for much of my life.  A few years ago, I became a health coach to help others attain a healthier life through weight loss and eating healthier.  I stepped away from it for a few years as I took on a full-time job working with my husband but missed having my own website and sharing with others that I know suffer from some of the same ailments that I have.

MY STORY

I am a wife, mother of two beautiful adult children and a Nana. I live in Anchorage, Alaska.

My hobbies are gardening, fishing and camping, playing golf, biking, taking trips with my husband in our RV, reading and spending time with family. I also love music and singing.

I love to help people. I have been helping people all my life in one way or another. It is something that comes natural to me.  Helping people is what I to do. So… Health for You was born with the hope of helping others by inspiring health and wellness.

WHY I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE

I have always been a giver of sorts. It is in my nature to help people. When I find something that will help others, I naturally want to share it with them. Thus, the reason for this site. My hope is that something you find here will be of service to you or at least educational.

THE GOAL OF THIS SITE

The goal of this site is to inspire health and wellness and to help motivate others to attain and live their best life ever through healthier eating, less stress, exercise and other motivational tidbits.

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Pamela

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