The Top 5 Things to Add to Your Diet
- Published: Tuesday, July 14th 2015
- in Nutrition
Eating well doesn’t have to be super complicated, sometimes it’s as simple as a little less of this and a little more of that. We tapped into healthy eating expert, Kimberly Gomer, MS, RD, LDN, and Director of Nutrition at renowned wellness and weight loss destination Pritkin Longevity Center and Spa, to discover the top 5 things we should add to our healthy diet, now!
Leafy Greens of Spinach, Kale, and Swiss chard
Put that wedge of iceberg lettuce down and pick up the dark leafy greens of spinach, kale, and Swiss chard. “Enjoy all the anti-inflammatory goodness, vitamins, and minerals,” encourages Kimberly. Whereas iceberg is high in water content, dark leafy greens are rich in vitamins like A, C, K as well as fiber, folate, iron, and calcium!
Lentils and Beans
Don’t rely on animals to get your protein. “Explore plant protein,” urges Kimberly. “[Beans and lentils are] quality protein packed with fiber but with none of the saturated fats and cholesterol [found in red meat].”
You’ll still want to skip the yolks according to Kimberly but the whites are “awesome, low calorie dense sources of protein and can be made into a quick meal.” Egg whites also contain selenium and magnesium which are hugely beneficial for a positive mood!
We’re currently enjoying the warmer months and with them we get to enjoy delicious and flavorful summer fruits from the tropics! “Enjoy the fruits of the season, like mango and papaya, and get all of the delicious vitamins and mineral that come along with them” Kimberly says. These fruits specifically are high in carotenoids and antioxidants.
Looking for a nutrient-dense lunch? Bake a potato! “Sweet, white, red, or Japanese – don’t’ fear [potatoes] – embrace them for health and weight loss,” shares Kimberly. Be sure to consume the skin, where most of the goodness lies including B vitamins, potassium, and vitamin C.