Let’s be realistic. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle requires more than just a walk in the park once in a while. Between the time you spend in the gym during your busy work week and the fight against junk food, it is difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle all the time. And when you finally commit to these healthy lifestyle habits, it can be easy to indulge in this delicious piece of chocolate cake. According to a study in the United Kingdom, 129 women had cravings for smoking – some on a weight-loss diet and others simply monitoring their weight without dieting – and found that, compared to others, people on a diet were more likely to want to eat junk food and sugar. Consequently, diets can sabotage your weight loss goals. So instead of focusing on eliminating everything “bad”, why not focus on adding healthier options to your life? Here are some delicious (and nutritious) foods to add to your diet today!
Spinach, kale, arugula and others are among the green leafy vegetables. According to Gisela Bouvier, Registered Dietitian, and the face behind B Nutrition & Wellness, leafy green vegetables and lettuce provide a good amount of vitamins, minerals and fibre in your daily diet. She recommends incorporating them into your omelettes, salads and dinners as they are an excellent way to ensure a good daily intake of phytonutrients.
To get even more nutrients, dietitian and physiotherapist Rachel Cutts says dark green vegetables reign supreme. “A cup of cooked kale is an excellent source of energy with 53.3 mg of vitamin C, more than 50% of the recommended intake to help your immune system during flu season.”