Add These 3 Nutrient-Dense Foods to Your Routine in the New Year

by | Jan 15, 2020 | Fitness, Food

The new year brings another chance to start fresh with eating right. With so many dietary options, knowing where to begin can be a challenge. But even the smallest of changes can make a huge impact on your health. Here are three super healthy foods to add to your routine in the new year. 

Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is a dark, leafy green vegetable that is often overlooked in the produce aisle. But its health benefits are nothing short of impressive. This low calorie, nutrient dense food contains vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, iron, zinc, phosphorus, and potassium. Swiss chard can lower body weight, cholesterol levels, heart disease risk, blood sugar, insulin resistance. To top it off, it’s loaded with fiber, and antioxidants, making it a wonderful food to add to your diet. Here are three swiss chard recipes to try:

Ground Flaxseeds

Ground flaxseeds are an excellent source of many of the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to function. Rich in omega-3 fats, flax seeds provide a vital fatty acid that our bodies don’t naturally produce. Flax seeds also contain lignans that reduce the prevalence of certain cancers while increasing antioxidant intake. These seeds can also improve your cholesterol, digestive health, blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight. Here are a few ground flax seed recipes:

Chickpeas

Chickpeas (garbanzo beans) are legumes, known for being a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine (especially hummus). Chickpeas are full of quality protein and soluble fiber. These legumes can reduce cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure risks, as well as bad cholesterol levels, unhealthy gut bacteria, blood sugar levels. They even help with weight management by reducing your appetite. Adding chickpeas to your meals can greatly improve your health. Check out these recipes below:

Improving your health doesn’t have to be complicated. With a few dietary changes, you can give your body all the nutrients it needs, the natural way. Make a trip to the grocery store this week and give a few of these tasty recipes a try.