Add These 30+ Healthy Foods to Your Diet to Improve Your Health
With a new year around the corner, it’s time for one of the most popular traditions: New Year’s resolutions. If you’re planning to make one, you’re certainly not alone. In fact, roughly 74% of Americans will have a New Year’s resolution for 2021. Of them, about 45% will be health-related.
One of the best places to start? A healthy diet. By eating more nutritious foods every day, you’ll not only feel better, but you’ll reap additional benefits like:
- Better heart health
- Reduced risk of certain types of cancer
- Weight loss and lower BMI
- Decreased symptoms of depression and fatigue
- Less inflammation
- Stronger cognitive function
- Improved gut health
- Managing type 2 diabetes
- And much, much more
Not to mention, all of the above benefits can improve your overall quality of life. When you feel better, you can unlock potential in other aspects of your health — physical, mental, and emotional. Convinced yet? We thought so, which is why we’re sharing some of the best healthy foods to help you live deliciously in 2021.
Healthy Diet Foods
Introducing healthy foods into your diet doesn’t have to be complicated or overwhelming. By starting simple with the most nutrient-packed foods, you can create a solid foundation and build from there. Here are our top picks for the healthiest diet foods and meals you can eat every day, rotate throughout the week, or mix and match to create different meals. (And don’t forget, with our meal kit delivery, you can get all of these foods — right on your doorstep!)
It’s time to set aside old myths about eggs being bad for your cholesterol. In fact, health experts say that eggs (and yes, we mean the entire egg) can actually boost your “good cholesterol” — also known as HDL. They’re also packed with tons of protein, making them a perfect everyday go-to.
High in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and vitamins, salmon has tons of health benefits. Among the biggest perks: fighting off depression and anxiety, promoting healthy skin, and potentially reducing the risk of heart disease.
One of the most versatile healthy foods of all-time, olive oil can be used for drizzling, dipping, cooking, coating, marinating, and more. And on top of tasting delicious, it can also lower the risks of metabolic syndrome and weight gain.
Whether you’re struggling with inflammation, watching your cholesterol, or battling type 2 diabetes, oats are the perfect everyday food for you. High in antioxidants and fiber, they can help lower cholesterol and improve blood sugar levels. Plus, they keep you feeling full longer.
Packed full of fiber and protein, beans are a healthy option for those who are on plant-based diets. Between lentils, kidney beans, and black beans, you can reap the health benefits while adding a lot of variety to your meals.
Sweet potatoes are also a versatile superfood, and there are tons of delicious ways to prepare them. Whether you like them boiled, roasted, grilled, mashed, or as fries or chips, you’ll still reap the benefits of antioxidants and tons of nutrients.
Chock-full of vitamins and calcium, leafy greens are the perfect way to add nutrient density to your diet without extra calories and fat. You can mix and match greens like spinach, swiss chards, and kale — using them as a salad base, mixing in with other soups and dishes, or complimenting other healthy meals.
Avocados are one of the best-for-you fruits. That’s because they’re packed with tons of healthy fats (compared to other fruits that are a little higher in carbohydrates). Also high in fiber, avocados are great to eat on their own or add to virtually any dish.
Also great for plant-based diets, quinoa is filled with amino acids and fiber to promote regularity and energy. And if you follow a gluten-free diet — quinoa is a great alternative to other whole grains.
Lean meat, packed with protein, incredibly filling…there’s really nothing negative to say about lean chicken breast. Another perk? There are virtually endless ways to prepare it, which makes it easy to add excitement and variety to your healthy diet.
While we mostly think of garlic as giving us bad breath, the health benefits (and the flavor!) are totally worth it. Researchers have linked increased garlic intake to stronger immune systems, increased blood flow, and lower cholesterol.
Healthy Snack Foods
Whether you’re looking to stave off hunger, kick a craving, or get a quick energy boost, there are tons of healthy snack foods to reach for. Our favorites are simple, delicious, and packed with protein, fiber, healthy fats, potassium, and antioxidants:
- Nuts (particularly walnuts and almonds)
- Greek yogurt (steer clear of low-fat or fat-free yogurt, which can be packed with sugars)
- Cottage cheese and tomatoes
- Apples and peanut butter
- Dark chocolate
- Hard-boiled eggs and egg bites
- Berries (think any kind here: strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries)
- Veggies and hummus (use carrots, celery, or cucumbers for dipping!)
Healthy Foods That Can Be Frozen
If you’re on-the-go a lot or don’t have time to shop or prepare all of your meals, consider stocking your freezer full of these healthy, nutrient-packed foods for no fuss access any time:
- Whole grain waffles or pancakes
- Frozen fruit (mix them with yogurt or pop them into a smoothie!)
- Frozen veggies
- Grass-fed meat
- Lean soups (think ingredients like veggies, beans, chicken, quinoa, kale, etc.)
- Frozen salmon
- Frozen egg scrambles
- Frozen burritos or enchiladas (you can pack these with protein like lean meat, beans, and cheese in whole grain tortilla)
Add healthier foods to your diet with Sunbasket’s customized meal plans
One of the best ways to eat healthy foods every day? Have them delivered straight to your door. With a meal plan from Sunbasket, you can choose from the highest quality recipes — all crafted by award-winning chefs using health-boosting foods and ingredients. So, no matter your health resolution for 2021, we’re here to help every step of the way.
Ready to see this one through? Pick which meal plan is best for you and start today!