Beans – Beans are the most underutilized economic superfood. This humble nutritional powerhouse of a food group is worthy on many fronts particularly for appetite control, healthy metabolism, cardiovascular health, and brain health. Strive to include a serving in any form and in any variety each day.
Dark Leafy Greens – Dark leafy greens are unequivocally the nutrient Goliath – packing in more nutrition per unit calorie than any other food. When it comes to documented health benefits from eating produce, dark leafy greens always rise to the top. Strive to eat some form of dark leafy greens daily. If you don’t, you are missing out on one of the quickest and easiest ways to guard your health!
Physically Intact Whole Grains – This wholesome group of good carbs is truly on a healthy roll with a rock-solid scientific reputation for protecting against type 2 diabetes, improving heart health, guarding metabolic function, and lowering the risk of death. Need I say more! For best results aim for two or more servings daily and stick to unadulterated – unprocessed true whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal, barley, etc.
Oily Fish – To cut right to the chase – if you do not consume some form of oily fish at least twice a week, it is nearly impossible for you to achieve optimal heart or brain health. Oily fish are the only food that can provide you with a good dose of the long chained, “essential” omega 3 fats, DHA and EPA. DHA and EPA that are vital to heart and brain function. For added incentive, bear in mind that oily fish are also a great source of vitamin D, complete protein, selenium, and magnesium. Wild salmon – canned, fresh or frozen is always my top pick for oily fish.
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