Healthy Foods A-Z (Part 1)

It is not always easy to figure out what foods you should be eating, but here is a concise list of some of the healthiest foods around according to leading nutritionists (Part 1 contains A-K):

Almonds: Have monounsaturated fatty acids, which helps keep blood vessels healthy, and fiber can help manage cholesterol.

Avocados: Has almost a 1/5 of your daily dose of fiber in a ½-cup serving, in addition to monounsaturated fats which help lower cholesterol.

Barley: Is high in fiber which helps manage cholesterol.

Black Beans: Have antioxidants and magnesium.  Both help to maintain nerve and muscle function.

Broccoli: Rich in vitamin C, and it also is a major source of vitamin K.

Blueberries: Are packed with fiber, and full of antioxidants.

Bulgar: Has more fiber than brown rice, potassium, B vitamins, and calcium.

Chard: Is full of nutrients including calcium, B vitamins, and beta-carotene.  This veggies is a good source of fiber as well.

Edamame: Is a good source of fiber and protein.

Eggs: The whites offer up protein with minimal calories (and zero fat or cholesterol), while ggg yolks are full of  vitamin B12 and vitamin A, as well as choline, a nutrient that is particularly important for pregnant women.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Is an excellent source of monounsaturated fats. When used in moderation, EVOO may even cut the risk of heart disease.

Kale: Is full of vitamin C, beta-carotene, calcium, and antioxidants. It is also a good source of lutein, a nutrient that may slow macular degeneration.

Kidney Beans: Found to be one of the most antioxidant-rich foods in a USDA study.

Kiwi: Is a excellent source of vitamin C and potassium.