When I warned you against eating certain gross foods in 2012, I kind of left you hanging with no where to turn but an empty refrigerator. But fear not! I’ll help you out with a list of eight things you should be eating in 2012. Guaranteed (not guaranteed because I’m not an expert) for a happier you in the new year.
Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables EVER. It’s just sitting around making all the other vegetable jealous, so you should be eating it up. It’s a great source for antioxidants and fiber. If you’re new to the kale world there are many easy ways to include it in your diet. You can make kale chips, you can add it to your pasta, or use it as a bun for a burger.
The trick!? Massage your kale for ten minutes before you begin cooking with it.
2. Sweet Potato
My friend makes the best sweet potato wedges with a spicy cayenne dip. When we sit around and have a girls night, this literally replaces our chips and dip. And I’m a huge chip and dipper, so if a vegetable can replace that craving, you know it has to be pretty delicious. It’s so good for you and a great source of vitamin A.
3. Greek yogurt
Who knew yogurt could be trendy? Greek yogurt is all the rage right now and with its thick and creamy consistency I can understand why. To be honest I hate regular yogurt, and if you’re a yogurt hater too trust me and do not hesitate to try Greek. The benefit of Greek yogurt is it’s loaded with protein: it contains twice the amount of regular yogurt.
Tomatoes are vegetables, so naturally we think they are good for us, which they are as long as they’re the organic ones! But did you also know that tomatoes work overtime to make you look good? Tomatoes are really good for your skin. They’re supposed to help clean up blemishes and make you glow. And yes, J.Lo eats a lot of them.
5. The Dirty Dozen
In the list of foods to avoid I spoke about The Dirty Dozen, which is a list of fruits and veggies that are the most contaminated with pesticides. Here is a list of the 12 least contaminated fruits and veggies.
sweet corn (frozen)
sweet peas (frozen)
6. Ice Cream
This is by far my favourite option on the list. Even if you’re trying to be a healthier you in 2012, you’re eventually going to want a treat, and it turns out ice cream is the best dessert for you. Why, you ask? Because it’s low on the glycemic index, which means the sugar release is slow and it keeps you satisfied for longer. It is like 12 cookies vs. one bowl of ice cream.
Blueberries are my secret brain power weapon and before anything important such as an exam, job interview or a day when I’m going to be confronted with a lot of math, I make sure to eat a cup of blueberries. They’re full of antioxidants, they help with memory loss, and are age defying. Pretty powerful fruit.
People tend to be afraid of avocados because they have a lot of fat in them, but really, it’s super great fat. (Yes, that exists) They help prevent a million things, like different forms of cancer (breast, oral, prostate) and are also good for the health of your eyes. And did I mention the word guacamole?
~ Lindsey Peterson, photos by Laura Kunzleman