Healthy food options for those on a diet include fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, lean meats, yogurt and nuts. As a general rule, food in a natural form is healthier than processed foods. A diet should include a variety of healthy foods to provide all the necessary nutrients.
Fresh fruits include apples, bananas, pineapples, mangoes and kiwis. If a fruit isn't in season, canned or frozen fruit is an alternative option. Avoid canned fruit with added sugars or syrups.
Fresh vegetables include spinach, broccoli and asparagus. Cooking methods for vegetables include grilling, steaming or pan-frying them with a bit of cooking spray. Each method provides a different flavor. Canned vegetables are an alternative to fresh vegetables, but avoid canned vegetables with added salt, butter or cream.
Lean meat include chicken or fish. Baked or grilled chicken is the healthiest option. Fish, particularly salmon, have omega-3 fatty acids that lower blood pressure and are good for the heart.
Yogurt contains important calcium and probiotics and can protect against gum disease. Yogurt comes in many flavors, but avoid yogurt with added sugar.
Nuts include walnuts, almonds, legumes, pecans and pistachios. Nuts have a large amount of nutrients, and eating nuts two or more days per week decreases the risk of heart disease.