The 7 Healthiest Foods You’re Probably Not Eating

It’s hard to keep up with the ever-growing list of foods that keep us happy, healthy and, let’s face it, alive the longest. Here are our favorites.

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The Healthiest Food You’re (Probably) Not Eating
There are a plenty of fish in the sea, but not all of them pack as much of a nutritional punch as the tiny sardine. Although small in size, sardines are packed to the gills (literally!) with essential vitamins and minerals that sharpen the mind, keep the heart healthy, and bring your energy up, up, up! Plus, their bones are easy to digest, which makes these scaly superstars one of the most calcium-rich, non-dairy foods out there.

Canned Pumpkin

Best Food for Weight Loss
Peter, Peter pumpkin eater may have been on to something. Pumpkin is more than just a delicious pie filling. It’s low in calories (only 80 per cup) and high in dietary fiber with a side of protein to boot, which means it’s a great tool for weight loss. What’s more, it’s also a nutritional powerhouse that’s chock full of beta-carotene – key for healthy eyes and a strong immune system.

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Most Underrated Health Food
Almonds and walnuts may be the hippest nuts on the block, but the peanut deserves some respect. This lowly legume contains just as many heart-healthy fats as its tree-hugging brethren and boasts more protein than any other nut. What’s more, the peanut has one of the highest concentrations of biotin, which may help boost keratin production to strengthen hair and nails.


Best Food to Help You Win a Beauty Contest
Sure, they’re slimy and can be moderately dubious if you don’t get them from a trusted source, but the high zinc content in oysters may help keep hair full, nails strong, and skin clear.


Best Food for a Good Night’s Sleep
Just because Thanksgiving turkey feast only happens once a year, it doesn’t mean you can’t sleep like a baby every night. Next to turkey, seaweed has one of the highest levels of the amino acid tryptophan compared to any other food. What’s more, it contains high levels of iodine, which helps keeps the thyroid functioning properly and hormones in check.


Best Food to Beat Disease
Move over blueberries. Blackcurrants have the highest levels of the disease-fighting antioxidant anthocyanin (the pigment that makes berries dark blue and red) compared to any other fruit. What’s more, this unassuming berry contains more than three times the amount of vitamin C found in oranges, making it an immunity-boosting powerhouse.


The Healthiest Food You’ve Never Heard Of
This smallest, ancient grain (teff seeds were found in a pyramid dating to 3359 BC!) proves that big things do come in small packages. With as much calcium as cooked spinach, high levels of vitamin C and a new kind of dietary fiber that helps maintain blood sugar and healthy weight, teff is poised to be the next superfood.

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Four Easy Tips To Avoid Burnout After Committing To A Healthy Lifestyle

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So, you’ve made a commitment to become healthier, take better care of yourself, and ultimately lose that extra unwanted weight. You’ve been absolutely killing it and honestly can’t believe how well you’re doing. Then suddenly, that moment happens. Yes, that dreaded moment of burnout.

You’re having a motivation meltdown! Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We’ve all been there at one time or another, and it’s not a fun feeling, especially after all the work you’ve put in. The truth is, you know at the end of the day quitting isn’t worth it, but you’re almost to the point where you don’t care — you’re ready to throw in the towel.

Before you do, however, we’ve got a few easy tips to help you remember why you started living healthy in the first place. Don’t give up all hope just yet and take a look below.

1. Don’t set unrealistic goals.

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Many of us are guilty of superwoman or superman syndrome. This is when you want to do everything and please everyone! You’re saying yes to all that’s asked of you and ultimately end up saying no to things you want to accomplish. Take a look at just how many times you say yes so that you can also say yes to yourself.

2. Remember your reasons.

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The question “Why?” is your internal motivation. Why do you want to reduce your blood sugar? Why do you want to lose weight? The whys are what actually remind you of the reasons you’re doing this in the first place.

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3. Say ‘choose’ instead of ‘can’t have.’

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Reframing your thinking does wonders whether you know it or not. When you say “I choose to feel more comfortable in my clothes” vs. “I can’t have ice cream,” your life will change drastically. When you choose health and wellness, that’s a positive mindset.

4. Have a plan for challenges.

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As we all know, motivation is fleeting, meaning we need to strategize around the barriers. Problem-solve around your busy schedule and any challenges. Then you’ll have solutions instead of throwing your hands in the air and saying, “I quit!”

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