Eating well is a skill cultivated throughout life. Want to live to be 100? Want to look great? Want to feel alive? Then you must consume a nutrient-rich, fresh and fortifying diet. With this in mind, we went on a mission to find the 10 healthiest foods on the planet. Goodbye trendy tastes; move over, health crazes—these foods have stood the test of time and possess the necessary attributes to be deemed the healthiest.
How did we narrow it down to 10? We consulted with local nutritionists and dietitians and then married their advice and expertise with scientific research and nutritional information. Of course, there are many foods we could have included (where are the chia seeds?!), but these 10 simple, whole and unprocessed foods—presented in no particular order—will help jump-start your healthy eating routine.
As evidenced by its dark-green color, kale is a leafy green powerhouse.
Get the Recipe: Kale Pesto
Combine these two super foods for one healthful dish.
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All berries are loaded with antioxidants and pack a healthful punch, but blueberries rule them all.
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This grain is a complete protein, making it a staple for vegetarians.
Get the Recipe: Quinoa-Veggie Collard Wrap
The MVP of the nut family, walnuts have more antioxidants than any other nut.
Get the Recipe: Cool Ranch Collard Wrap
Dive right in with this protein-rich fish.
Get the Recipe: Salmon Tartare
Green tea has been sipped for centuries, and for good reason.
Get the Recipe: Matcha Smoothie
The topic of many studies, coconut oil has health and beauty benefits.
Get the Recipe: Coconut Oil and Peanut Butter Bites
This ancient spice is your new best friend.
Get the Recipe: Turmeric Shot
Want more healthy foods? Check out some healthful treats, as well as a few foods that just missed the list.
Studies show the antioxidant resveratrol, found in red wine, reduces LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, thereby preventing blood clots and reducing the risk of heart disease. Portion is important: a serving size is one four-once glass for women and two four-ounce glasses for men.
Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, which have positive impacts on vascular health. When choosing a chocolate, make sure to select one with a high cocoa content, as the benefits lie in the cocoa.
Healthiest Foods Honorable Mentions
Greek yogurt is high in protein and calcium, is fortified with vitamins A and D, and contains probiotics, the beneficial bacteria that help regulate the digestive system. When choosing a greek yogurt, opt for plain or honey, as the fruit-flavored varieties often have artificial sweeteners.
Garlic is anti everything—it’s antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal. Studies indicate that it has a beneficial impact on cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, heart disease and risk of stroke. It just won’t do your breath any favors.
In addition to being high in protein, eggs also contain nutrients that bolster eye health. They are also a good source of HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and contain fat-soluble vitamins and beta keratin.
Beets are high in iron, fiber, potassium, manganese, vitamins A and C and calcium. In addition, they are packed with antioxidants. And, because they contain folic acid, are beneficial for expectant mothers.
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