Autumn casserole with sweet potato and kaleIn order to eat well, you need to eat foods that will give you many nutrients without adding many calories. That’s why you should consider adding as many nutrient-dense foods to your diet so that you can keep your body healthy and eat fewer calories at the same time.

Here are the top five nutrient dense foods you should consider adding to your diet so that you can eat well and maintain a healthy weight at the same time:

1 – Salmon

Salmon is one of the fatty fishes, such as tuna and mackerel. It is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which have been found to improve your health and decrease you risk of many different diseases. Omega 3 fatty acids Continue reading

Watercress – A Natural SuperfoodWatercress, Nasturtium officinale, is a crispy, peppery source of vitamins such as C, B1, B6, K, and E. It also has iron, manganese, zinc, and potassium, as well as the key combination of calcium and magnesium. It has other components discussed below.

Historically, watercress was used to cure and prevent scurvy. This semi-aquatic plant is a natural superfood. Here are some of the ways you can benefit from eating this plant.

  • Vitamin K, in which watercress is rich, helps promote blood clotting.
  • Iodine present in watercress helps promote thyroid health.
  • Iron and zinc are good for healthy hair and fingernails, and iron helps build healthy blood.

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Acidic vs. Alkaline DietThere is a lot of hype out there about alkaline diets, which are diets containing foods that are alkaline in nature rather than acidic. Alkaline foods are foods that have a pH of 7 or greater (like vegetables), while acidic foods (like vinegar and lemons) have a pH of less than 7). Many Hollywood celebrities swear by this diet, saying that an alkaline diet can help a person lose weight and can stave off illnesses like cancer and arthritis.

What is the theory behind an alkaline diet?

The idea is that certain foods, namely wheat products, refined sugar, meats, and processed foods will produce acid in your body, which is supposedly bad for your system. If you instead eat foods that are “basic” or “alkaline” in nature, the body will lose weight and you will generally feel better. Continue reading

Why Shiitake Mushrooms are a Healthy “Meat” OptionIn Japan, shiitake mushrooms are a staple both as a medicine and a food. In other countries in the Far East, such as China, shiitakes and other mushrooms have been consumed for thousands of years. Americans have gotten on board with utilizing shiitakes in meatless dishes. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why shiitakes are considered such an excellent meat substitute, and their health benefits.

1 – Texture

Shiitake mushrooms have a meaty texture. The mushroom caps can be marinated, broiled and eaten like a steak with sautéed onions on the side. Try a marinade with red wine, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and lemon juice for a meaty, satisfying meal. Shiitakes can be eaten on Continue reading

How to Get More Nutrients from Your FoodYou probably know that eating healthy, whole foods is the best way to get the vitamins and minerals that your body needs. New studies have shown that for the most part, vitamin capsules and supplements are a waste of money.

The shift back to food-focused nutrition is great because it benefits your health in so many ways that a vitamin cannot. However, there are some steps you can take to maximize the nutrition you get from food.

Plants with Meat

Have you heard about plant sterols? When they’re eaten in the forms of fruits and vegetables they can help reduce your LDL (bad) cholesterol and boost your HDL (good) cholesterol. When you eat vegetables with Continue reading