When it comes to healthy foods that boost your metabolism, help you lose weight, make you look, feel and perform better, there are none better than the 7 foods I’ve outlined for you below.
So here we go…
Top Healthy Food #1: Nut Butters
Unless you have a nut allergy, you should eat nut butters several times per week. Nut butters are a good source of healthy fats, fiber, iron and magnesium.
Some of the best nut butters include Almond butter, Macadamia Nut Butter and Dry Roasted, Organic Peanut Butter. Unfortunately, nut butters are high in calories and it’s very easy to overeat them as they are so damn tasty, so you have to limit your consumption to 2 to 3 tablespoons per day or else you will start gaining weight.
Top Healthy Food #2: Sweet Potatoes
Ounce for ounce, sweet potatoes will provide you with more nutrients and energy to help you power through your workouts than any other carbohydrate food found in the grocery store.
If you haven’t tried Japanese Sweet potatoes yet, you’re in for a treat. They are my favorite sweet potato and they are very nutritious and very filling.
Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, Vitamin A, and many other important vitamins and minerals.
Top Healthy Food #3: Greens (Spinach, Kale, Broccoli)
Greens are very alkalizing (energizing to your blood cells) and also help to detoxify your body. If you can’t stand eating cups of greens every day, get a juicer and drink your greens.
After just a few days of eating several cups of greens (or juicing them), you will feel more energized, lighter, and your skin will look better and younger.
Greens contain a potent source of plant nutrients called phytophenols, which protect and boost your immune system and fight the development of cancer cells.
Though not officially considered greens, Kiwifruit and green, granny smith apples also contain high amounts phytophenols, so be sure to include them into your diet as well.
Top Health Food #4: Berries
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries contain the lowest amount of calories per serving and more nutrients per ounce than most other fruits combined.
Berries are low in natural sugars and high in dietary fiber. I eat one to two cups of berries 3 to 4 times a week and I have never looked and felt better and healthier in my entire life.
If you could only eat one type of fruit, definitely choose berries every time.
Bonus tip: Choose organic berries over conventional whenever possible.
Berries absorb the most amount of pesticides and insecticides than any other fruit, which means you’ll be eating a bunch of potentially harmful toxins along with your berries unless you choose organic.
Top Healthy Food #5: Wild Caught Salmon
If you’ve read my previous articles, you know that wild caught salmon is one of the best sources of the omega-3 essential fat.
Wild caught salmon is packed with Omega 3 fatty acids which have been proven to increase your HDL good cholesterol and decrease your LDL bad cholesterol. Wild caught salmon is also very high in protein, which you’ll need plenty of if you’re breaking down your muscles on a regular basis during intense workouts.
Top Healthy Food #6: Unrefined & Virgin Coconut Oil
Unrefined Coconut oil is high in a fat called MCT (medium chain triglycerides) which your body uses up as energy and does not store as body fat (unless you eat far too much coconut oil than your body has a need for at one time)
Coconut oil is also antimicrobial, meaning that it cleans your stomach of bad bacteria.
This can cause bloating and gas in some individuals, but should go away after a few days of eating coconut oil. Use coconut oil when you cook, spread it with nut butters (my favorite way to eat coconut oil) or eat it straight out of the jar if you really enjoy its’ taste.
My favorite healthy energizing snack food is a brown rice cake topped with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, 1-2 tablespoons of almond butter, 10-12 raspberries and sprinkled with cinnamon – absolutely delicious!
Top Healthy Food #7: Himalayan Sea Salt
Unlike regular table salt, Himalayan sea salt is very high in essential minerals that your body needs for proper muscle contractions and to maintain a healthy electrolyte balance. (an electrolyte imbalance can trigger muscle cramps and irregular heart rhythms, which can be a serious health threat.)
Himalayan sea salt has a unique, distinct taste that goes well with meats and fish.
If attaining a healthy weight and optimal health and energy are your goals, you’d be foolish to not include at least 4 of the above top 7 healthy foods into your diet on a daily basis, they really are THAT good for you.