9 of the Best Foods to Keep You Healthy in the New Year

9 of the Best Foods to Keep You Healthy in the New Year

Kristen Lubbe
Jan 4, 2010

Whether you believe in having new years resolutions or not, being healthy (especially in the beginning of the new year) is very important. It's especially important to be aware of the foods that will naturally help you stay healthy.

We get asked a lot about healthy eating (even though sometimes it's not our favorite subject) and it seems as though the questions increase during the new year. Most people have resolutions to either get in shape, stay in shape, or just have an over all better understanding of what foods are the best for you. Luckily, I came across a great list from the Mayo Clinic — and it's great to know that most of us are probably eating these items every week!

Apples: Source of Pectin and Vitamin C.
Almonds: Full of fiber, riboflavin, magnesium, iron and calcium. Helps to lower blood cholesterol.
&bul;l Blueberries: Great source of Vitamin C and fiber.
Broccoli: Packed with calcium, potassium, folate and fiber. Broccoli also contains phytonutrients (aids in prevention of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers).
Red Beans: Contains iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and thiamin. Can help prevent chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Salmon: Known for its Omega-3 Fatty Acids that are known to help prevent sudden cardiac death, decrease triglyceride levels, decrease the growth of artery-clogging plaques, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke.
Garlic: Natural Antioxidant.
Sweet Potatoes: Full of the antioxidant beta carotene, fiber, vitamins B-6, C and E, folate and potassium.
Wheat Germ: Concentrated source of nutrients, including niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin E, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc. A super food if you will.

Related: Five Ways to Eat: 22 Wonderful Healthy Ingredients!

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