We all know that the key to a healthy lifestyle begins with a nutritious and healthful diet. With different sources telling us something new each day about what is good for us and what is not, it can be a challenge to follow a healthful routine. Understanding simple pieces to the health puzzle is crucial, for example, how whole foods give our body a continued source of nutrients which processed foods do not.
In addition to nutritional value, whole foods offer added mental and physical benefits. By choosing a robust diet of essential and nutrient-filled foods our energy, physical health, and mood are directly correlated for heightened quality of life.
Find out what UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s health care providers favorite nutrient-rich recipes include!
Popcorn & Grated Cheese
"Dr Zoelle loves this high fiber and antioxidant loaded whole grain snack! Instead of adding oil or butter he likes it topped with protein-packed grated cheese.”
Carrot Cake Banana Muffins
“These muffins are not only tasty, they are packed with vitamins and can help your vision! Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is transformed in the retina, to rhodopsin, a purple pigment necessary for night vision.”
Deviled Avocado Eggs
“Dr. Danis likes her deviled eggs with a boost. By adding avocado to this classic staple, you not only add flavor- you add some pretty powerful nutrition. Avocado, like olive oil, is high in oleic acid, which has been shown to prevent breast cancer in numerous studies.”
“This tangy fruit gives your body more than just a kick to the taste buds. Grapefruit contains vitamin C which is commonly known to be protective against cold or flu. Also, grapefruit has a fat-burning enzyme and can help to absorb and reduce the starch and sugar in the body.”
Parmesan Zucchini Chips
“These flavor loaded chips will help keep your tummy in tip-top shape. One cup of zucchini has 36 calories and 10% of the RDA of dietary fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar and curbs overeating.“
Turkey Swiss Roll-Ups
“Turkey isn’t just for thanksgiving! Regular turkey consumption can help lower cholesterol levels. The meat is low-GI and can help keep insulin levels stable.”
Take Care of Your Body!
You can help you and your loved ones maintain a healthy lifestyle with a combination of the right nutrient filled foods, physical exercise, and making sure you see your health care provider each year for an annual physical!