A healthy diet is most important when we need the energy to get through a busy day. Specialty or convenience foods might be a tempting time-saver, but the experts at Health.com advise us that all the nutrients we need are in the affordably-priced foods we’ve been including in our diet for years:
- A medium sweet potato contains 500% RDA for Vitamin A
- 100% of the vital B vitamins are in combinations of foods like fortified cereal, eggs, orange juice, chicken, fish, and beans
- All the minerals we need come from healthy snack foods such as salads, whole grains, nuts, yogurt, and dark chocolate
- And these same foods contain protein and carbs for energy and a clear-minded focus through the day
Healthy Foods Near You
Fruits and vegetables lose some of their nutrients when they’re canned or frozen, but processing fresh vegetables when they’re in season means they can be enjoyed at reasonable prices all year.
Search www.seasonalfoodguide.org for nutrition information about seasonal produce, including recipe ideas and how to grow or preserve foods yourself.
Finding the Time
We know that exercise is good for our health, but how much of a metabolic boost is needed to reap the benefits?
Researchers with Medical News today have found that just 20 minutes of physical activity a day gets the heart beating and kick starts the immune system, preventing it from overproducing certain types of leukocytes that target healthy cells in the body and cause inflammation.