It seems like sometimes we get so caught up in nutritional supplements, we forget how much easier and more effective it is to just develop a healthy meal plan. Livestrong wisely states that "your refrigerator is the local pharmacy right in your own home." If you have the right things on hand, it's easy to eat healthy! Here's their list of the top 10 foods to keep in your fridge for your healthy meal plan:
Did you know that farmed salmon contains more omega-3 fats than wild salmon? It's also lower in mercury. Wherever you get it from, salmon is a heart-healthy choice.
2. Chia Seeds
Turns out the seeds from our favorite Chia pet infomercials are really healthy. They have twice the fiber as flaxseed, as well as chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant that may help improve blood sugar control.
Blueberries can help you fight our country's silent killer, high blood pressure. According to a 2010 study, eating 2 cups of blueberries a day for 8 weeks can lower blood pressure by 6%.
Raspberries are packed full of fiber and antioxidants. They're naturally sweet and perfect for dessert, on top of a salad, or just eaten raw as a delicious snack.
Kimchee is a dish of fermented vegetables traditional to Korea. The fermentation actually fosters the growth of probiotics such as lactobacilli, a healthy bacteria also found in yogurt. Kimchee can also aid in weight loss and improve insulin levels.
Broccoli is a healthy choice no matter how you eat it. Fresh, frozen, raw or cooked it doesn't matter. It's low in carbohydrates, high in fiber, and has anti-cancer capabilities.
Popeye was right on with this one! Spinach contains 18 different vitamins and minerals, from iron to vitamin A. Tossing some spinach into your smoothie or salad is a great way to add a few more servings of vegetables to your healthy meal plan.
8. Cottage Cheese with Live Cultures
Cottage cheese fuels muscle. It's high in casein, a dairy protein that is absorbed slowly by your body, resulting in faster muscle growth. Cottage cheese with live cultures promotes healthy digestion.
Walnuts contain more antioxidants than any food other than blackberries. This shot of antioxidants helps your body decelerate signs of aging as well as cardiovascular disease. They also have a neutral flavor perfect for adding to smoothies.
10. Omega-3 Eggs
One omega-3 egg can contain 150 milligrams of the omega-3 fat DHA, which is essential for optimal brain function. In other words, they make you smarter!
How do you incorporate these foods into your healthy meal plan? Share with us!