With the kiddos in school, the germs are flying. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to get sick these days. Sometimes you just can’t avoid a cold, but you can bet I plan on doing everything I can to stay healthy this year. With those thoughts on my mind, all month I’ll be sharing my best tips and tricks for staying healthy. As a bonus, doing these things will also help you feel healthier and happier!
Eating well is an important component to staying healthy. When you consistently eat junk, your body doesn’t get the nutrients it needs and you’ll start to feel run down. Today I’ll share some of my favorite foods to bump up your immune system and load your body with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
- Dark leafy greens. Greens such as kale, spinach and swiss chard are wonderful to add to your daily diet. They are full of antioxidants, calcium, vitamins A,C, K and fiber. Greens are also rich in anti-inflammatories. Try to enjoy a cup or so each day.
- Apples. Yes, that old saying about an apple a day keeping the doctor away has some validity to it. Apples are loaded with fiber and also pectin – both of which keep you full longer. So eat an apple and you are less likely to be hungry for junky snacks. They are also very fresh and perfectly in season right now so will taste delicious and cost less. My favorite way to stock my fridge with apples right now is a trip to the apple orchard.
- Sweet potatoes. Another fabulous fall food with lots of fiber and vitamins is the humble sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are high in beta carotene (great for warding off colds), potassium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C and folate. With all that goodness it’s smart to enjoy them a few times a week! Luckily they are also yummy and sweet enough to help curb sugar cravings.
Have I convinced you to add some of these delicious and super healthy foods to your diet? Let me help you make it really easy to do so:
- My go-to is a daily green smoothie or juice – I easily get a cup or so (along with other healthy foods) first thing in the morning. I’ve even been known to travel with my blender to ensure I don’t miss my smoothies! You can also add a cupful or more greens to a daily salad – easy.
- Of course you can just eat an apple every day – that’s pretty simple. If you want to jazz it up a bit – and give yourself some protein to help keep you full longer, try this easy apple dip.
- A simple roasted sweet potato is always delicious, and when you roast one, go ahead and roast two so you can enjoy the second one for lunch the next day in this yummy black bean and sweet potato bowl – it even includes spinach for extra greens!
Now you’ve got simple and delicious recipes so there is no excuse. I challenge you to try adding ALL three of these super healthy foods to your menu THIS week – don’t say “someday,” do it NOW!
Along with healthy eating and all the other practices I’ll talk about this month, I also start upping my usage of the essential oil Thieves. That’s why it’s our oil of the Month for September. With it’s yummy mix of clove, cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus and rosemary it even smells like Fall.
Join me on my Facebook page Thursday at 12:00 EST where I’ll share more about this oil, why it’s the oil of the month and one of my all time favorite ways to use it! I’m also going to show you how I make sure I don’t forget my morning smoothie – it’s a quick and easy trick that will help YOU start getting your greens in first thing in the morning too!