January 5th, 2015

7 Healthy Foods to Add to Your Diet in 2015

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7 Healthy Foods to Add to Your Diet

Happy New Year!

With every New Year comes new beginnings and new opportunities. As I’ve mentioned in the past, New Year’s resolutions don’t work very well for me. Instead I try to make simple, small changes throughout the year.

I’m just returning from an incredible family vacation. I hope you were able to take a few days off over the holidays as well. Right now I’m trying to return to a regular routine, including a healthy diet. I didn’t stray far over vacation, but there were sweets hanging around and indulging did happen.

Throughout 2015 I’m going to try to add a few more of these healthy foods to my diet

Kimchi

Kimchi is a traditional fermented Korean dish which is made from a variety of vegetables including cabbage and spices.

Researchers in Korea published a recent study showing kimchi as a probiotic. Probiotics are bacteria that help keep everything balanced in your intestines. Some of the known benefits of probiotics are treating diarrhea, preventing and treating yeast infections and urinary tract infections, treating irritable bowel syndrome, preventing and treating eczema (and potentially allergies) in children and boosting the immune system.

Farro (aka Emmer)

Farro is pretty new to the North American scene, but has been served in Italy for over 2,00 years! Farro is the Italian name for emmer wheat and is best known for its roasted, nutty flavor and chewy texture. It’s a great replacement for rice and other cooked grains. It is a form of wheat so those with a wheat or gluten sensitivities might want to steer clear. Farro is high in fiber and protein and is also rich in magnesium and B vitamins.

Coconut Flour

Coconut flour is one of the healthiest flours around. It’s gluten free and because it’s not a grain-based flour, it is non-inflammatory and low in carbs. Coconut flour has 5 grams of fiber per 2 tablespoons (with only 2 grams of total and saturated fat). It’s not a straight substitution for other flours since it tends to be dry. Take a peek here for some recipe ideas.

Matcha Tea

Matcha (powdered tea) tea is the dried leaves of  green tea ground into a powder. The green powder is whisked with hot water in a bowl to make matcha tea.

The list of health benefits is long including  providing many minerals and vitamins. It can also protect against many kinds of cancer and help prevent cardiovascular disease.

Here’s the brand I’m going to test out: DoMatcha Organic Green Tea

Dark Chocolate

This is your license to eat more chocolate (provided it’s dark chocolate without added sugar and milk, organic and fairly traded). Chocolate, much like blueberries, reduces cortisol – the stress hormone that causes anxiety symptoms.

Nuts

In a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found people who ate a daily handful of nuts were 20 percent less likely to die from heart disease, cancer and other chronic illnesses over a 30-year period than were those who didn’t.

Lychee

This exotic fruit has a hard shell and a single, glossy, brown seed, that is inedible. Lychee contains oligonol, which is thought to be an antioxidant. It’s also a fantastic source of Vitamin C and the Vitamin B’s including thiamin, niacin, and folates.  It has a high sugar content so those with restricted diets might want to limit consumption.

Watercress

Bring on the watercress in 2015! You might be used to seeing this leafy green as a garnish on your plate, but it’s about to take a front seat. Watercress is an aquatic plant found near springs and is a close cousin to mustard greens, cabbage, and arugula. A 2014 study found watercress as having the highest nutrient score of any fruit or vegetable.

What foods do you want to add to your diet this year? 

 


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24 Responses to “7 Healthy Foods to Add to Your Diet in 2015”

  1. What an interesting list! I hope you continue to share the ways you have found to incorporate these foods besides a lychee martini and chocolate;)

  2. Thanks for sharing these! The family’s goal is to eat healthier this year. Defnitely going to use this list!

    Have a great week!

  3. I pick watercress and matcha tea. And always chocolate! Happy new year Lori!
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  4. I can do dark chocolate, nuts and watercress! I need to explore some of these other things on the list! I’m all about staying healthy and getting good vitamins too!

  5. Yes please to more dark chocolate! Yum!

    I’ve never tried lychee before, but I’m intrigued!
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  6. I’m curious to try coconut flour. Have you found it in stores? Matcha tea has also been on my must-try list. Do you like it Lori?
    Micaela @MindfulMomma recently posted..An Unplugged Vacation, Clean Eating January and Hello 2015!My Profile

  7. Hi Micaela, I have some coconut flour that I’ve been using and I really like it. I’m trying to remember where I got it. I haven’t tried Matcha tea yet. On my list too!

  8. I know Krystyn- any list with chocolate is my kind of list!

  9. Hi Annie, I tried to include some interesting foods that many of us are unfamiliar with. Let me know what you decide to try!

  10. Happy New Year to you too Emily! Hope to see a lot of you in the new year.

  11. Great Corina! Let me know what you decide to test. I would love to hear what works for you.

  12. Ha! Will do Tamara!

  13. I have never tried most of the dishes listed but they sound so delicious and at the same time healthy, so I hope I’ll try Farro and Kimchi
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  14. Let me know if you do Milena.

  15. thanks for the list of good fruit for diet

  16. Hi Lori,

    I just started with my healthy diet. It is actually one of my resolutions this year 2016. I am so happy to read your blog. I agree that green tea matcha is a healthy drink. In fact, I am using it as a substitute to my coffee as green tea matcha has lots of benefits. I will try the other foods you recommended. Thanks!

  17. I love matcha tea! I agree that it has plenty of health benefits and which is why I love it.

  18. despite the post being the last year are very good tips for healthy food .. like your blog, I saved in my favorites … 🙂

  19. Hey Lori!

    These are amazing key points regarding good health .I am a big diet conscious who loves to eat juicy fruits,fresh green vegetables.I also prefer to drink plenty of water.Thanks for sharing stuff regarding healthy food.I will join it in my daily diet .

    Regards
    Ellen

  20. thank you for sharing these healthy eating tips, loved, need to eat better and find me I’ll get you motivated me a lot 🙂

  21. Looks like some real super foods you can add to your diet that will help with feeling healthier and better! Thanks for sharing.

  22. Oats, nuts, fatty fish, beans, Blueberries lower the cholesterol, thus decreasing the consequences of disease. I think greater use of vegetables having more fiber content is also good for this very purpose.
    Thanks for sharing the information…
    Cheers!!!
    Edna recently posted..Make Your Diet More Exciting with Foods High in FiberMy Profile

  23. Taking care of health is something that must be done since young, they are food habits that change a whole life.
    I love the post!

  24. DARK CHOCOLATE… it is a great thing to add. Most people think that it will make them fat.. yes.. if in excess… but moderate quantities actually help to burn fat.

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