Healthy Food That Actually Tastes Delicious

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It’s no secret that we could all stand to eat a little better. If you’re a smoker trying to kick the habit for good, you’ll need all the help you can get to maintain your good health. If you’re like most people, though, the idea of eating healthy sounds a bit like torture. You probably envision endless hours chowing down on food you hate. It really doesn’t have to be this way, though. Some of the healthiest food in the world is actually the tastiest, and we’ve got you covered with seven foods that taste great and help maintain your health.

 

Why You Need to Be Eating Healthy

 

Whether you’ve already kicked the smoking habit or are planning to do so sometime in the future, you might not be terribly concerned about your diet. But when you quit smoking, you may experience cravings, and many ex-smokers handle these cravings by eating. If you’ve got a bevy of healthy foods at your disposal, eating becomes a way to be healthier — not a surefire recipe for gaining weight.

 

Even better, eating healthier can provide a significant distraction from cigarette cravings. From food shopping to preparing delicious meals, focusing on becoming healthier gives you something to do other than craving cigarettes. Your new healthy diet can also keep you motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and will amplify the benefits you gain when you quit smoking.

 

Seven Foods to Try

 

Quinoa (Pronounced Keen-Wah)

 

We’ve all heard that loading up on carbs isn’t the best recipe for good health, but quinoa offers the delicious taste of grains without any of the bad carbs. This light, delicious grain is rich in iron and magnesium, as well as lysine, which your body needs to repair damaged tissue. Unlike most other greens, quinoa is also a complete protein, making it an excellent choice for vegetarians.

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Asparagus

 

If you’re pregnant or planning to become a mother soon, you can’t beat asparagus, which is high in folic acid — a vital nutrient that can prevent neural tube defects. It also offers dietary fiber, which can help combat the intestinal upset some people get when they quit smoking. Worried about getting enough vitamins? Asparagus is an excellent source of vitamins E, C, A, and K, and is also high in antioxidants — chemicals that fight the aging process.

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Pomegranate

If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll be relieved to know that pomegranate tastes exactly like candy — but without all the processed garbage. This seedy fruit is a bona fide superfood that may help prevent heart disease by reducing plaque buildup in blood vessels. A rich source of vital antioxidants, pomegranate juice has also been shown to reduce the growth of prostate cancer in some studies.

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Seaweed

Your first reaction to seaweed might be revulsion, but if you love sushi, you’re already eating this green superfood. Seaweed is the lettuce of the sea, but packs a more flavorful punch than anything you’ll find on land. It may also help reduce your risk of heart disease, ease intestinal problems, regulate hormones, and aid your body in detoxing — a key benefit if you’re a newly quit ex-smoker.

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Hummus

 

Hummus is a flavorful paste made primarily from chickpeas, lemon juice, and tahini. Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein, and lemon juice is high in antioxidants. The delicious paste will also increase your folic acid intake, provide you with a hefty dose of iron, and could even prevent cancer and lower cholesterol.

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Wild Salmon

 

If you love salmon, ditch the toxin-filled farm-raised kind and go with the wild-caught stuff instead. Wild-caught salmon is also lower in mercury than farm-raised fish. In addition to being a healthy source of protein, salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids that can help fuel healthy brains. Salmon can also improve cardiovascular health, reduce joint inflammation, keep your eyes healthy, and help you get some shuteye.

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Avocado

 

Avocados are high in healthy calories, making them an excellent choice for a quick pick-me-up when you’re on the go. The healthy fats in this delicious fruit can help lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of diabetes, protect you from strokes and heart attacks, and even prevent cancer. If you’re worried about the long-term effects smoking has had on your health, try reversing some of the damage with avocados.

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Making Your Food Even More Delicious

 

Choosing the right food is only half the battle. You also have to know how to cook it. Unfortunately, many of our contemporary cooking trends are anything but good for your health. No matter how healthy your food is, it can harm your heart if you load up on unhealthy oils and salts. To get the most flavor out of your food without destroying its nutritional value, try the following tips:

 

  • Cook with a healthy vegetable oil such as coconut oil or vegetable oil. Steer clear of butter and trans fats.

  • Use lemon juice, vinegar, or olive oil instead of salt. If you absolutely must use salt, try sea salt instead.

  • Rather than relying on heavy sauces or seasonings, try making your own seasoning with freshly grown herbs and tomatoes. The flavor will be better and you’ll get fewer calories.

  • Use whole-grain products, such as whole-wheat flour.

  • Use low-calorie substitutes for common ingredients. If you’re cooking with milk, stick to the low-fat variety. Doing so can help you avoid empty calories can keep your waistline in check.

If you’re new to the world of healthy eating, consider taking a cooking class. You might also want to learn about fruits and vegetables you can grow yourself, as well as seasonal foods that are available locally. By making a few small changes each week, you can steadily march toward good health, a slimmer waist, and a much happier outlook.

Roxana Saidi

In June 2011, Roxana became the third founding team member of The Kerry Gaynor Method. Kerry’s mission to rid the world of cigarettes was a very personal one as many of her friends and acquaintances had already quit smoking thanks to Kerry. Roxana regards her role at the company not as a position, but instead as a leader in a movement to eradicate death, suffering and illness due to cigarettes.

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