Food To Make You Feel Good

We are all individuals with our own likes and dislikes. My sister has hated cherries since childhood while I love them. Today I’m taking a look at some of the healthy plant foods that taste good and can make you feel good. If I mention one that you don’t like, consider new ways to cook it or other examples of the food group to substitute.

Green Vegetables

A common food group is green vegetables which includes broccoli, asparagus, green beans, leafy greens, and so much more. Some people hate asparagus or broccoli which is often steamed. Have you heard the food joke “Asparagus doesn’t like you either?” Sometimes preparing a food a different way can totally change its taste. Have you ever tried to cook asparagus in an air fryer? It has a completely different taste from steamed or boiled and is a delicious accompaniment to every dish. Or, leafy greens such as spinach and kale are also excellent choices. While they might not be something that you want to eat as a side dish, they can certainly make great enhancements to things like cheesy omelets or frittatas.

There have been cookbooks written with recipes that “hide” vegetables in a dish that most children or adults accept. Give them a try for some of your meals. You may find some new recipes that you really enjoy.

Berries

Most people love berries which is wonderful. You should try adding more berries to your diet simply because they taste good and they have a range of benefits. For example, blueberries are full of antioxidants and can make even the most boring meal a little more exciting. Tired of eating your plain oats in the morning? Put some blueberries on it. Make homemade blueberry and banana muffins. They taste fantastic. A berry smoothie is not only delicious for breakfast or a snack but oh so good for you!

Berries are little power houses of nutrients. We know that the strawberry is a common love among children and adults alike, but you need to broaden your horizons. There are raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, and so many more for you to try. At least use berries in an interesting way.

Whole Grains

The final thing that I want to mention is whole grains. I know some folks cannot process gluten. If you suffer from this health condition, check out all the gluten-free recipes online. Gluten Free Cuchina is a food blog devoted to gluten-free.

For the rest of us, eating whole grains instead of refined grains substantially lowers total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or bad) cholesterol, triglycerides, and insulin levels. Replacing refined grains with whole grains and eating at least 2 servings of whole grains daily may help to reduce type 2 diabetes risk too. They are also full of fiber which is fantastic for your insides. Whole grain bread, brown rice, and old-fashioned oats versus quick cook oats are all choices that will taste good and help your body. Try making whole wheat sweet potato muffins for a change of pace. Try different grains such as a coarse rye bread. Expand your options.

In Conclusion

In thinking about healthy food that makes you feel good, I recognize that we are individuals and what tastes good to me may not be something you like. Perhaps you love a particular food and it does NOT make you feel good. We all have to learn how to read our bodies and develop a diet that makes us feel happy and healthy. For example, most of my life I periodically crave bananas. First there were times of water retention and loss during my normal female cycles. Now at a later stage of life, I am on a diuretic. Both of these processes can cause loss of potassium. Bananas are a good source of potassium. I eat one and smile. According to Harvard, these foods can also help with potassium:

  • Leafy greens
  • Dried fruits (raisins, apricots)
  • Dairy
  • Beans, lentils
  • Potatoes
  • Winter squash (acorn, butternut)
  • Nuts
  • Broccoli
  • Avocado.

Trying new dishes is the perfect way to expand your diet and meet your body’s needs. If you absolutely can’t eat a certain food, find a substitute in the food group and go with that. The goal is more energy and smiles. I’m wishing you good food and good health.

This is a collaborative post but all opinions are my own.

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Carol

I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

5 thoughts to “Food To Make You Feel Good”

  1. Carol, to tell you the truth, I love them all. I’ll try anything once. If I don’t like something, I stay away from them. Being an Italian, I’ve been given the chance to try just about everything from my parents. People hate octopus, I love them.

    Cruisin Paul

    1. I love fried calamari but don’t like octopus any other way – my sister loves it! Go figure

  2. I’m a cherry fan, too, and Michigan cherry season is coming next month! I can’t wait — I swear, I could live the whole month on cherries. No one could be around me, but I’d be happy as a clam!

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