Christmas is in the air, and that comes with a lot of dietary bad decisions, but as it is said, we should normalize eating healthy, not just because we want to lose some weight, but because that is what is best for our health, even at Christmas. As a matter of fact, a simple, healthy diet one that’s high in fiber and low in sugar, preservatives, and unhealthy fats is all that’s needed to keep your body feeling healthy and slim, and still give you all the Christmas fun. That being said, we have compiled a list of 10 healthy foods you can shop for this Christmas; not just shop though, eat them too. Your body will thank you.
Sardines are a nutrient-rich, small, oily fish. they are a source of omega-3 fatty acids. Sardines are often served in cans, but can also be eaten grilled, pickled, or smoked when fresh.
These ruby-red roots contain a type of antioxidant called betalains that help repair and regenerate cells in the liver, your body’s primary detox organ.
The skins of lemons, limes, and other citrus fruit contain an antioxidant d-limonene, which has been shown to help stimulate liver enzymes, according to the World Health Organization.
The superfruits contain two oils, linalool, and geranyl acetate, that have been shown to have a positive effect on irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders.
In one Japanese study, researchers found that grapefruit can enhance the action of calorie-burning brown fat cells, enhancing the breakdown of fat while reducing appetite. And a second study in the journal Metabolism found that eating half a grapefruit a day can whittle your middle by up to an inch in just six weeks.
Thanks to their potent dose of potassium, bananas can help counterbalance the effects of sodium and reduce water retention. They’re also packed with resistant starch, which helps to feed the healthy bacteria in your gut.
One of the few foods that combine fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, kiwi will help bolster your digestive system while reducing inflammation and improving heart health.
The compound curcumin, found in the bright-orange Indian spice turmeric, has been shown to reduce bile duct blockage and scarring in the liver by interfering with chemical reactions involved in the inflammatory process, according to a study in the journal Gut.
It’s a natural diuretic, so asparagus can help relieve bloating and other unpleasant feelings. Its balance of amino acids and minerals may also help to alleviate hangover symptoms.
There might be a reason why collard greens are often served alongside fried chicken. Nutrients in the greens bind to bile acids in the body, helping to block the buildup of cholesterol in the bloodstream.