Eat a variety of nutrient-dense whole foods
Eating a variety of nutrient-dense whole foods is important for maintaining a healthy diet. Nutrient-dense foods are those that are high in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in proportion to the number of calories they contain. Whole foods are foods that are minimally processed, retaining all of their original nutritional value.
Examples of nutrient-dense whole foods include:
- Fruits and vegetables (leafy greens, berries, tomatoes, carrots, etc.)
Whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, whole wheat bread, etc.)
Lean proteins (chicken, fish, tofu, legumes, etc.)
Nuts and seeds (almonds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, etc.)
Dairy or dairy alternatives (milk, yogurt, cheese, almond milk, etc.)
Incorporating these foods into your diet can help you get the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients your body needs to function optimally, while also reducing your risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.