It goes without saying that eating healthy is something we should all do at every age. It’s okay to treat ourselves on occasion but maintaining a consistently healthy diet is crucial so we can prevent health-related issues down the road. For this piece, we’re talking about nutrient-dense food, meaning they’re rich in actual nutrients and not full of empty calories. And you might be surprised at some of these foods.
Salmon is a fatty fish that contains the largest amount of omega-3s fatty acids, which are optimal for the function of your body. They are linked directly to your overall well-being and lowering the risk of serious diseases.
It might make your breath stink, but it's so good for you! Embrace it! Garlic is jam-packed with vitamins C, B1, and B6, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, and selenium. It also helps to lower blood pressure and bad (LDL) cholesterol.
Don't be afraid of carbs, and don't let anyone tell you differently - embrace the potatoes! A single potato is packed with potassium, magnesium, iron, copper, and manganese. It also contains vitamin C and B vitamins. There are even actual accounts of people living on nothing for potatoes for a long time, proving that their health benefits are real.
While blueberries aren't as high in vitamins or minerals as other fruits or foods, they're jam-packed with antioxidants, which is why they've made this list. Similar to other foods on this list, they help manage blood pressure, cholesterol and have even been shown to improve memory in adults.
5. Dark chocolate
Okay, this doesn't mean you should eat a whole pack of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate containing a high cocoa content is loaded with fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, and manganese. We're talking about chocolate with a 70% cocoa content, even better if you can find one with 85% or higher. Just a small square will do - and you'll be able to reap the benefits while being able to enjoy chocolate in your diet! No need to cut it out.
The Bottom Line
There are tons of healthy and nutrient-dense foods out there, but these ones are great for maintaining health and lowering the risk of some pretty nasty diseases. A lot of people these days have started dabbling in dietary supplements, but there’s truly nothing as beneficial (and holistic) as embracing the foods on this list.