Healthy food trends are a dime a dozen, as more and more people are starting to understand the value of eating well. But even before all the packed meals, foreign sounding veggies, and swanky diets, there were these old-timers. And they’re taking their rightful spot back in the kitchen and onto the dinner table.
These days, kale is all the rage. You can find the all-time wonder veggie in the form of kale chips stocking the shelves of health food stores and even in your everyday casserole. But spinach can still hold its own against this newcomer and even comes at a more favorable price, as kale can admittedly be more expensive. Spinach is rich in iron, vitamin K, A, C, and B2, and offers doses of manganese, magnesium, and folic acid, according to BBC. Still in doubt about its superfood abilities? Just ask Popeye.
This is perfect for people who aren’t too fond of munching on fruits and veggies (and even for those who are), but still want to fill up their tummies in a healthy way. The Mayo Clinic cites that juicing can help reduce some health risks, improve the immune system, lend your digestive system a hand and kick out pesky toxins. Plus, you just might shed some unwanted kilos.
Remember snacking on those crisp green strips of seaweed that come in packs from the grocery store? Not only is it tasty to munch on, it’s also loaded with nutrients. Sprinkle it on pasta, popcorn, or tuna casseroles to give your nom extra flavor. Aiming to get extra healthy? Opt for the plain roasted ones!
4. Beef Jerky
A few decades ago, a mouth-watering treat called Cow Label was a household staple. The sweet, juicy jerky made for a perfect snack. For those who had access to it here, Slim Jims was also a go-to beef jerky brand. Now, with the popularity of the Paleo Diet, the beef jerky is rising up the food ranks once again. Or at least, a healthier version of the Slim Jims and Cow Labels of this world.
Once upon a time, the world shunned butter, and opted for its supposedly healthier alternatives. But, in reality, butter has its benefits. In moderation, it can supply vitamins E and A, and has anti-bacterial and anti-viral agents. The key is to choose and use high quality butter that can deliver the nutrients it promises AND to use it in conservative amounts. Registered dietician nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Kelly Pritchett tells Fox News that the fat that is found in butter can help people absorb vitamins. But how much is safe? The USDA Dietary Guidelines suggest less than 10 percent of saturated fat. The American Heart Association suggests between five and six percent, and urges consumers to check the label and look for "zero trans fat" or "less fat," says Health.com. Whipped butter is a lighter option, with butter tubs being the healthier choice over their stick counterparts
6. Pickled and fermented food
Pinoys have the lead on this one. All over the world, pickling is making a big comeback, but in the Philippines, atsara, or grated unripe papaya, is a standard side dish to many a Filipino meal. Fermented and pickled foods offer probiotics, which aid our digestive and immune systems and helps our gut flora. Do take note that pickled and fermented are different. Pickled food uses acidic ingredients like vinegar for perservation. Vinegar, which is fermented, produces lactic acid, which is what makes the pickled food healthy. Homemade pickling is much healthier than most store bought pickled food, so try your hand at at putting together a sour treat like atsara. Or use radish, carrots and cucumbers to mix it up a bit. Other healthy fermented foods include kimchi and sauerkraut.
7. Bone Broth and Chicken Soup
Craving for a bowl of piping hot soup that’s healthy? Boil some beef or chicken marrow with vegetables and spices and get your fill minus the excess calories. Chicken soup is still the go-to flu comfort food. Health.com shares that it helps with inflammation, tempering white blood cells that exacerbate symptoms of colds and the flu. For maximum benefits, go for homemade soup with fresh ingredients instead of fast food variants or canned alternatives. LiveStrong lists vitamin A and selenium as some of the nutrients you can get from a fresh bowl of chicken soup. Pack it with more vitamins by loading it up with lots of veggies.
It’s chock-full of vitamins and good bacteria that can help boost the immune system and improve digestion. The protein it contains helps repair muscles with amino acids, so it’s a healthy snack that’s perfect after a workout! It also helps prevent high blood pressure and keeps your body strong, fighting illnesses such as the common cold as well as nourishing the skin! Our tip: Mix Greek yogurt with almond or olive oil, honey and lather on to skin.