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An Apple a Day Absolutely Does Not Keep the Doctor Away

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When I was a young child, I naively believed most of what I heard. I took the phrase, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, to heart until my household ran out of apples one day and I was forced to start eating bananas instead.

As I grew older, I came to realize that many of those childhood stories that I had learned in the past weren’t actually based on truth. A watermelon won’t grow inside your stomach when you eat the seeds. Stepping on a crack won’t break your mother’s back. And eating an apple a day certainly won’t save you from an otherwise terrible diet.

During my high school years, I did eat apples pretty regularly. I also ate processed brownies, candy bars, donuts, and sugar cereal. My diet was a wreck, I was tired often, and I couldn’t focus.

Once I got to college, I soaked up the information I learned in my nutrition classes like a sponge, and made some drastic changes to my diet.

I became sharper with my thoughts, got rid of my daily sugar crashes, and performed better as an endurance athlete. I added a number of foods to my diet that were incredible for my health, and that I still swear by today. So, here are some foods you should add to your diet to improve your health, happiness, brain function, and life.


1. Spinach

I know what you might be thinking — spinach is disgusting. If so, you’re not alone. I’m not one of those people who can eat spinach straight from the bag by the handful. I don’t even like salads.

But, spinach is actually wonderful for your body, so it shouldn’t be neglected. It’s packed with iron and folate, which has been shown to protect against heart disease.

So, it’s important to sneak in spinach when you can. And I have a trick that will help you do just that even if you don’t like the taste. I blend my spinach up in my NutriBullet blender with a bit of water until it forms a complete liquid. Then, I add a bunch of fruit to make a smoothie.

You get the nutritional benefits of the spinach without the crunchy texture or bitter taste.

The fruit completely masks it, so it’s a double win. You can try it out in this delicious and simple strawberry banana smoothie.


2. Quinoa

Quinoa is practically the holy grain for vegans, but non-vegans can benefit from it immensely as well. First off, it’s packed with protein and contains all nine essential amino acidsNext, it has iron and double the amount of fiber of most other grains.

What I like to do with it is use it as a substitute in dishes where you’d typically have rice.

You can make sushi with quinoa instead of rice, or a big grain bowl with chickpeas, sweet potato, veggies, and avocado.

The possibilities truly are endless. But one thing’s for sure. You don’t want to miss out on this nutrient powerhouse that will boost your health in big ways.


3. Walnuts

I think walnuts look kind of like a brain, which is ironic considering they supposedly support good brain function. But beyond that, they contain omega-3 fat, which is essential to the human diet. They’re also packed with antioxidants and may decrease inflammation.

These insane health benefits should be enough to get you to start eating walnuts. But, if you aren’t convinced yet, you can try sneaking some into this delicious vegan blueberry banana bread that is completely refined sugar free.


4. Cherries (Tart)

Cherries are an incredibly tasty fruit packed with nutrients. But, tart cherries specifically have been shown to aid in both decreased inflammation and improved sleep.

If you’re anything like me, your mind is racing a million miles a minute all the time.

You might be looking for a natural way to get more sleep. If this is you, go ahead and try eating some tart cherries, or have a small glass of 100% tart cherry juice before bed.


5. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is my all-time favorite breakfast food. Even when I swap it out for the occasional stack of pancakes or tofu scramble, I always come back to my tried and true. Oats are a great source of carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, iron, and much more.

Plus, there are so many ways you can customize oatmeal. You can add your favorite nut butter and fruit, microwave it, or even make it into an incredible oatmeal bake.

Or, if you aren’t a fan of a hot bowl of slop, you can always grind up your rolled oats in a high speed blender (I love my NutriBullet Blender for this purpose) and make delicious healthy desserts out of the oat flour that forms, such as these easy to make vegan oatmeal cookies.

If you’re interested in getting the NutriBullet Blender to make tasty desserts and nutrient packed smoothies, you can use my affiliate link here (this means I receive a small commission on any purchase you make through the link, at no additional cost to you!)


Final Thoughts

The food you put into your body has a direct impact on your health and daily life. So, choose wisely. Educate yourself as much as possible, and eat as well as you can. If your budget is low, here’s a way to eat healthy on $25 a week. If you’re trying your best, and sneaking as many nutrient rich foods into your diet as possible, your body will thank you immensely.

Alyssa Atkinson
Aug 3 · 4 min read
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