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Foods for Healthy Living

Your diet is crucial to your overall health. While it might seem like the fitness world often pushes exercise, diet is equally, if not more, important. If you’re not already a health nut, picking the right foods for your body can be tough. The options are endless, and the advice is just as abundant. For a little clarity and a push in the right direction, check out these foods that are great for getting yourself healthy and fit.

Lean Meats

If you want to get in shape, lean meats are definitely the way to go. It’s the protein found in these meats that are so good for the body. Protein helps to build muscles and burn fat. In order to eat more lean meats, add just a few of these foods to your diet: salmon, mahi mahi, tilapia, chicken, and even nuts! It’s an easy way to boost your health without making a change that you can’t handle.

Vegetables

Vegetables are another food that is great for pretty much everybody. Veggies are full of nutrients and vitamins that are crucial for proper body function. Adding vegetables is really easy, and if you are brave, it can be really fun as well. The options are so many, and by changing it up, you can keep yourself from getting bored. Add vegetables to every meal and even use them as a snack to up your intake. Broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, peppers, carrots...these are just a few foods on a very long list of vegetables that will improve your overall health.

Fruit (in moderation)

Fruit is another food that is great for your health. The key with fruit is to eat it in moderation. Since fruit is a natural sugar, too much can have the opposite effect of what you’re looking for. Eat fruit in the mornings, as a healthy snack, or even in place of a dessert. Eating fruit every day is completely fine, but eating fruit and no vegetables is where you might get into a little bit of trouble. Of course, just like vegetables, the options are vast. Watermelon, apples, strawberries, pears...again, these are just a few great options to add to your healthy menu.

Eating healthy when you’re not used to it can be a challenge. To make it easier, stick with this list as much as you can. Even though it’s only 3 food groups, it actually opens up hundreds of different kinds of foods. Use these foods to begin your healthy diet journey, and you’ll soon reap the benefits of a well balanced diet.

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