It’s been said that after 30 our metabolisms start to drop off so we need to be aware of what we are eating and how it will effect our bodies. We often hear over and over again “eat more vegetables” and you know what THEY ARE RIGHT!
Holding onto those vitamins and minerals offered by vegetables is harder as we get older and so necessary to keep our body doing the things it needs to do to keep us going. We just can’t eat the same things we ate when we were a bit younger. We need to make good food choices so we give our body what it needs and it has to be tasty too!
Lets go through some of the best and brightest to keep us burning bright especially those high in Anti-oxodants that help strengthen our immune system.
Leafy and Green – you know the ones I am talking about – spinach, kale, collards even the dark leaf lettuces that make up salads is all good. There have been studies that show there is a significant cognitive advantage to those who eat leafy, green vegetables as compared to those that eat less or none. Greens keep your mind sharp.
Beans – Are beans a vegetable? Well they are to me. I absolutely love beans. I am not a vegetarian but I often use beans as a protein substitute and they are SO easy to cook. They are packed with so many anti oxidants and vitamins – iron, magnesium, copper, potassium to name a few. I just toss them with a bit of olive oil and lemon and mix with a pan of spinach and garlic and I am a happy camper.
Oats – Cheaper than most cereals you find in the supermarkets oats can lower your cholesterol helping you stay heart healthy. The more your blood moves the more calories you burn and the more you burn the more you lose – losing the love handles can only be a good thing.
Berries – blueberries, strawberries, raspberries – are a berry good thing! Great for fiber but even better for your brain. Whether making smoothies, scattering them on salads or eating them out of a bowl they offer some of the best nutrients helping your memory and cognitive thinking
Nuts – Like beans, nuts are a great source of protein. Almonds, cashews and pistachios are high on the list of “good nuts” in the sense they are lowest in calories and offer high Omega-3. Roasting nuts can cause the creation of Omega-6 which is not what any of us need in our bodies as it is considered a hydrogenated fat. Walnuts are heart food – they have some effect on reducing inflammation and oxidation in the arteries. Peanuts are brain food helping our cognitive abilities.