The first step to living a healthy lifestyle is regulating what you put into your body. It’s common knowledge that fruits and vegetables are “good for you.” Everyone remembers the food pyramid from grade school, right? For those 5 servings of each we have five fruits and five vegetables you should try to get the most nutrients.

Fruits

Blueberry

Blueberries are one of the most rewarding foods in regards to the health of your heart. They naturally contain no sodium, and are abundant in potassium and calcium. This coupled with the fact that they are super-rich in antioxidants means that blueberries not only help prevent heart disease, but also cancer.

Orange

Orange juice companies are constantly boasting about how much vitamin C is in their juice, but if you want to avoid all of those unnecessary sugars and calories, just eat the orange itself. One orange has enough vitamin C to last you the whole day, and the hesperidin in the membrane has even been shown to lower cholesterol.

Papaya

Papayas are some of the sweetest fruits that you can get your hands on. Because they contain a substance called papain, they are also one of the most helpful for your digestion. They also contain a healthy dose of vitamin C in case you didn’t get enough from the orange.

Strawberries

Strawberries are a killer source of antioxidants and vitamin C, so if you want to build up your immune system, keep them in mind. Strawberries also provide increased health benefits to the skin and eyes, so a handful of strawberries can go a long way!

Apples

These fruits provide an abundance of antioxidants as well. But where apples standout is their immense source of fiber. Just one apple can provide up to 15 percent of your daily fiber needs.

 

Veggies

Broccoli

Probably every mom’s favorite thing to force their kids to eat. But she’s not wrong: broccoli is a powerhouse when it comes to vitamins C and K, and can lower the risk of most cancers.

Spinach

This leafy green contains most of the vitamins you need every day, along with a healthy dose of manganese. Eating spinach greatly reduces the risk of type two diabetes as well.

Peas

Peas are a healthy source of vitamin B1. They are also known for reducing overall cholesterol and helping your digestion.

Red Bell Pepper

Not only do bell peppers provide you with around twice your daily amount vitamin C, they also contain vitamin B as well as beta carotene. Pretty impressive for something that’s not technically a vegetable.

Asparagus

Not only does it taste good, asparagus is a natural source of nutrients. Not only does it boost the efficiency of insulin in your blood, it contains four different vitamins.
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