There is so much information on the Internet about what you should and should not eat. Some articles claim all fats are evil. Others say that 90% of your diet should come from fats. How can that be?
Popeye eats his spinach, and so should you. Most diet books will tell you to you to eat leafy greens and for good reason: They are rich in vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, A and K, as well as iron. Leafy greens like spinach and kale are also non-starchy vegetables. A diet high in refined starches can cause diabetes and weight gain, so it is good to fill your diet with green vegetables that prevent those things.
Whether you try to eat low fat or high fat, you should eat avocados. Avocados are a healthy fat and are filled with vitamins, fiber and potassium (more potassium than bananas). They are also loaded with monounsaturated fatty acids, which are great for your heart! Fun tip: Avocados are a great swap for bananas in smoothies if you are trying to eat a diet low in carbohydrates. I have a recipe for an avocado-berry smoothie posted for my MFit Members.
There have been many studies showing that people who eat nuts are less likely to be overweight. However, walnuts are extra special because they are high in magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids, which many people do not consume enough of in their diets. People low in magnesium tend to suffer from fatigue. Those eating an excessive amount of omega-6 fatty acids (which are in practically everything) and not eating enough omega-3 fatty acids will experience uncomfortable joint pain. So if you want to be energized and not in pain… eat walnuts.
Berries are a natural source of sugar. Yes, I said sugar. Sugar-free diets are all the rage right now, and people are scared to eat berries. However, the reality of the situation is, when eaten in moderation, berries will satisfy a sweet craving and give you the added vitamins and minerals that your body needs to fight off diseases. Add berries to your oatmeal or yogurt, or just snack on them like I do.