The world of healthy eating is peppered with do’s and dont’s. And with everyone wanting to get their two pence in, sometimes it can be easy to start seeing foods under the blanket of ‘unhealthy’. But there are lots of foods that earn that rep when actually, they have a number of health benefits and are great worked into a balanced diet. Here are a few we bet you didn’t know were good for you.
Potatoes are often seen as the devil because of their high carb content but actually, when cooked right they can be a great source of energy. Provided they’re not fried, potatoes are fat free and they also contain vitamin C, vitamin B, fibre and potassium.
2. Baked beans
It might seem like a random one because you typically associate them with being a child’s side dish (in the place of vegetables) but they’re actually pretty healthy. Baked beans are high in protein and they have a low glycemic index, meaning that they don’t cause blood sugar spikes and release energy slowly.
Coffee is notorious for being linked to jitteryness, bad heart health and even risk of cancer! But actually, it’s loaded with antioxidants and has even been linked to preventing diseases like diabetes and dementia.
They’re essentially the epitome of junk food but burgers aren’t actually too bad for you. They’re a great source of protein and can easily be a hearty, healthy meal with the right toppings and sides (plenty of salad, plenty of veggies and nothing deep fried). Go for beef with a low fat content or swap to turkey mince for an even leaner option.
Our favourite cinema snack is actually a great option, movie or no movie. As long as you avoid the chocolate or toffee covered kind (which is very high in extra calories), popcorn is a very low calorie snack that can help to ward off cravings and keep you going until your next meal.
Okay so yes, cheese can be bad for you because of its high fat content. But as long as you opt for one of the healthy kinds, it’s a great source of protein and calcium. Feta, cottage cheese and swiss are all great choices.
We all love to treat ourselves from time to time and although we all think of chocolate as naughty, it actually contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances that are good for your heart. Choose dark chocolate to reap the most benefits without too many additional calories.