It’s time to simplify healthy eating . . .
(Madelyn Fernstrom, TODAY) Use this “starter set” of top foods that are nutrient-rich, economical, and versatile as a foundation for your own personal plan.
Eggs contain complete, high quality protein that is easily digested. One large egg contains about 75 calories, 8 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat, along with a variety of vitamins and minerals.
Potatoes are one of nature’s most nourishing and nutrient rich carbohydrates.
One medium potato has about 110 calories and nearly half your day’s requirement for vitamin C, along with potassium (more than a banana), vitamin B6, magnesium, and a hefty dose of fiber when you eat the skin.
A 4-ounce serving is rich in protein with about 25 to 30 grams of high quality, complete protein. A modest serving can support muscle tissue, brain function, blood cells and the immune system, among other systems.
A 6-ounce serving of has about 9 grams of complete protein (or double that amount by choosing Greek-style yogurt), calcium, vitamin B-12, potassium, and magnesium.
Colorful vegetables are a mainstay of healthy eating. And carrots are plentiful and economical, plus they’re available year-round. They are also a powerhouse of beta-carotene (vitamin A), and fiber.
Carrots are crunchy and sweet, so they’re veggie accepted by children and adults alike.
Nuts are a good source of omega-3-fats, fiber, vitamin E, and the amino acid arginine. Together, these nutrients support heart health and circulation, as well as both muscle and brain function. A superb plant protein, tree nuts — like almonds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pistachio nuts, and Brazil nuts — are very versatile.
Apples are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water. They are rich in antioxidants and flavonoids — the polyphenol compounds also found in grapes and red wine thought to boost heart health. READ THE FULL STORY AT TODAY.COM.