Now the holidays are over and Christmas and New Year are firmly in the rear-view mirror it’s time to get serious about changing your eating habits in 2020.
For most people New Year’s resolutions are all about bettering their lives by giving up things they enjoy, but before you stop drinking or sign up for a restrictive dieting plan, how about just eating healthier.
With that in mind and using healthy food suggestions from the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF), we have put together 10 healthy foods you should be eating in 2020.
If you want to give yourself a bit of a health boost in 2020, rather than thinking about which foods you should cut out, the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) suggests looking at which nutrient-rich foods you can add to your diet.
While discussing healthy eating habits with the Independent a spokesperson from the BNF suggests a diet that incorporates “foods that are rich in nutrients, but are not too expensive or niche.”
Rich in Omega 3s, vitamin D, selenium and iodine, Salmon provides a range of vitamins and minerals a healthy body needs. Whenever possible always by wild-caught salmon over farm-bred as it is richer in Omega 3s and contains more antioxidants.
Try and incorporate oats into your diet whenever possible as not only are they an excellent source of fiber they will also help to lower your cholesterol.
Just like beans, lentils are an excellent source of plant-based fiber and protein that can be used to make hearty winter soups.
Of all the superfoods nuts is one of the best thanks to their unsaturated fat content and nutrients that support your immune system like thiamine and iron. Steer away from salted nuts and only eat a handful a day as they are full of calories.
The humble tomato is rich in vitamin C and natural phytochemicals like lycopene an antioxidant substance that protects against cell damage.
If you are worried about your heart health it is time to start eating apples. A great source of fiber as well as polyphenols, apples are known to aid the digestive system and can help protect you from cardiovascular disease.
- Green vegetables
No surprise here with leafy green vegetables considered as being the healthiest foods around thanks to the multiple vitamins they contain.
If you want to stay healthy make sure you eat plenty of spinach, broccoli, and cabbage.
- Plain yogurt
While it might sound a little uninspiring plain yogurt is a great substitute for sugary snacks and desserts. Yogurt is also rich in calcium, riboflavin, and iodine, which plays a vital role in thyroid health.
- Whole grains
Wholegrain carbohydrates like bread, pasta, bulgar wheat are not only easy to cook but are rich in fiber as well as nutrients like niacin and phosphorus, which helps the body repair tissues and cells. Stick to small portions thought as they are heavy in carbs.
- Citrus fruits
Right now citrus fruits are in season and are readily available for a reasonable price. Lemons, oranges, and grapefruits are a great source of vitamin C and provide folate, which helps to convert carbohydrates into energy.