There are foods that we’d better avoid. But you shouldn’t argue these three foods from the menu, because they are healthier than you think!
Some foods are unjustly spurned even though they contain many good nutrients. The experts from 8fit, the fitness and nutrition app, dispel these prejudices and show why you should put these four foods in the shopping cart the next time you shop.
Avocados are known as the green superfruit. Nevertheless, they also have a reputation for being too greasy and high in calories. But what is not taken into account: Monounsaturated fatty acids, which are contained in large quantities in avocados, are among the good fats. They help to absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, support the body in maintaining the elasticity of its cell membranes and can have a positive effect on cholesterol levels. So monounsaturated fatty acids are very healthy and should definitely be eaten.
You can combine avocados with many things. They can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or even as a tasty snack in between. The avocado should not accompany all meals. One large avocado is enough to fill almost half of your daily fat requirement in a healthy way.
Why not combine avocados and chocolate? With this recipe it’s not only easy, it’s delicious too!
Avocado meets chocolate: avocado au chocolat
Do you love avocados and chocolate? Then try this delicious dessert recipe!
2. Dark chocolate
It comes as no surprise to many that dark chocolate is less unhealthy than milk and white chocolate. However, very few people know that the cocoa contained in dark chocolate is really good for the body. If a dark chocolate with a high cocoa content is chosen (at least 60%), it contains more nutrients that can expand the blood vessels and thus lower blood pressure. Regularly eating dark chocolate can lower your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
Another advantage: after enjoying dark chocolate, the level of so-called antioxidants in the blood increases. These substances protect the cardiovascular system. 8fit nutrition expert Jennifer Witte advises only eating dark chocolate in moderation: a small piece a day ensures feelings of happiness and healthy nutrients. This can then be enjoyed without feeling guilty.
Delicious as a snack between meals: a piece of dark chocolate and a handful of almonds.
3. Peanut butter
There are many prejudices against peanut butter. It’s greasy, has too much sugar, and most importantly, has too many calories to be healthy. Unsweetened peanut butter is the perfect fitness food. It contains a lot of unsaturated, i.e. good fats, a lot of vegetable protein, potassium and magnesium. This means that peanut butter provides ideal nutrients that are necessary for building muscles and also does not hinder fat loss. The composition of peanut butter supports the muscles in regeneration. In addition, the high protein content with a low amount of carbohydrates ensures that the fat metabolism is hardly affected.
Peanut butter is an ideal companion for fruits. The healthy fat ensures that the sugar contained in fruits is digested more slowly and thus prevents food cravings.
8fit nutrition expert Jennifer Witte advises you to consider the following points:
It is best to buy organic peanut butter and make sure that it has no added sugar. This automatically bypasses unwanted additives.
If you want to lose weight, peanut butter should only be eaten in small portions. One tablespoon provides around 90 calories.
Peanut butter can be added to many meals and shakes and not only ensures better taste, but also supports the muscles in regeneration. This is of particular importance when exercising regularly or building muscles.
Try this delicious recipe with peanut butter:
African sweet potato and peanut soup with tofu
Do you usually only eat peanut butter on a slice of bread? Try this delicious soup recipe!
Legumes are notorious for being a carbohydrate bomb. The protein suppliers can score with vitamins and minerals and hardly contain any fat. The combination of protein, carbohydrates and lots of fiber ensures that legumes fill you up well and that the carbohydrates they contain go slowly into the blood. The complex carbohydrates in legumes avoid unhealthy blood sugar fluctuations and have a high satiety factor.
Due to the positive ingredients, pulses can, for example, lower the cholesterol level and prevent colon cancer. 8fit nutrition expert Jennifer Witte recommends integrating legumes into your diet on a regular basis. For example, legumes can be eaten very well as a healthy side dish and thus replace rice or pasta.
But you can also prepare it fresh as a salad – for example with this recipe:
A different kind of legume: Lemon chickpea salad
This delicious and light salad is guaranteed not to hit your hips!