7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now
They’re disease-fighting, immune function-enhancing, mood-supporting, and weight loss-revving. No, we’re not talking about supplements or weight loss pills, we’re talking about whole, fresh plant foods—with superpowers. That’s right—to be superfoods, you don’t have to be elusive berries that you have to seek out in specialty food stores. Foods that can make a tremendous impact on your health can be found at your local grocery store.
Here’s our list of the healthiest produce you should be eating right now, and the tips you need to maximize the benefits. Read em, eat em, and reap the benefits.
1. Apples with the Skin On
An apple a day keeps the doctor away—just make sure you keep the peel on. While traditional advice for saving the skin was based mainly on its fiber content (an average apple provides 4.5 grams), the health a-peel doesn’t stop there. There’s a growing body of research to suggests its actually polyphenols in the peel—non-digestible compounds capable of doing everything from promoting the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut that aid weight loss to reducing cholesterol—that are responsible for the apple’s doctor defense. In fact, one study showed 75 grams of apple (the equivalent of two medium-sized apples) reduced “bad” cholesterol levels by 23 percent compared to an equivalent serving of notoriously fiber-rich prunes.
Get the Benefits: Slice up your apple of choice to eat alongside peanut butter or cheese for a light snack, cube it up to add to your morning oats, or grab one whole to follow a workout.
Lentils are like the Chuck Taylors of nutritional all-stars—old-school, somewhat pedestrian in style, yet hugely popular the world over. The pulse has been a part of the human diet for some 13,000 years. They’re an inexpensive form of vegetarian protein and fiber touted by health experts for its ability to reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, promote fat metabolism, and dampen appetites.