Northwest Asian Weekly
Salmon, mackerel, tuna
You get the idea—fish! Not only is that piece of salmon a healthy, lower-calorie alternative to red meat, all those omega-3 fatty acids are like a lubricant for the brain.
The mighty avocado! It contains healthy fat, is rich in nutrients, and even curbs inflammation. And you don’t have to use it for just guacamole. Try spreading it on bread instead of using butter, or just slice and serve with a sprinkle of salt for a healthy anytime snack.
Berries of all kinds
Berries are rich in antioxidants. Plus, they are delicious! Enjoy the variety that is available. There is a lot to choose from—from the famous strawberry to the humble salmonberry, you won’t be bored.
Everyone knows whole grains are much healthier than refined, processed grains, but quinoa is impressive because it is a complete protein. It can easily turn into a complete meal, and has become popular due to its nutty flavor and hearty texture.
It’s a powerhouse when it comes to Vitamin A and E. But don’t just limit it to spinach. Leafy greens of all kinds—kale, collard, arugula—all have beneficial vitamins and nutrients.
…And almonds, and macadamias. Nuts are a great source of protein and an excellent snack. Healthy fats can fill you up substantially, so even just a handful will satisfy.
Not to be confused with coconut milk, coconut water is refreshing, low-calorie, low-fat, and filled with electrolytes. It is now readily available in most markets.
Peppers and seasoning can add spice to your life! They also boost metabolism and add flavor. Most seasonings are low-calorie and low fat (try nutritional yeast if you like a “cheesy” flavor; but of course, when it comes to seasonings, avoid MSG).
Indulgences (in moderation)
Enjoy that piece of chocolate, the slice of cheese or cake. Just don’t eat the whole thing. The little pleasures boost our mood, and happiness always contributes to anti-aging. (end)
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