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Simple & Delicious Ways to Eat Healthy

Check out these six simple foods that will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle

Article by Shannon Mulligan-Mayernik

Originally published in Wayne Lifestyle

There are so many fad diets out there, it’s hard to know which one MAY work for you? I’m here to tell you, you don’t need a “diet” to live a healthy lifestyle. Incorporating healthy food in your daily meals is as easy as ever, as long as you know what to pick up next time you go to the market or grocery store. Healthy eating can be fun and enjoyable and can inspire creativity in the kitchen. I hope you add these six simple foods to your next grocery list.


Berries are in season from May-October so enjoy the bounty when they are fresh (and hopefully local). Berries are high in fiber, which is great for your digestive tract. The rich color of berries helps us identify their high antioxidant count and their sweetness is a great treat for an afternoon snack.

Leafy Greens

Leafy Greens are packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber but have a low calorie count so they should be enjoyed daily. Leafy Greens include spinach, collard greens, Swiss chard or dandelion greens + many more! Eating leafy greens protects your brain and boosts bone health and will keep your immune system in good shape.  


Nuts are a great snack and are easy to take on the go. Nuts are packed with protein, fiber and many of our daily vitamins. Nuts are also loaded with antioxidants and may lower cholesterol. Just be careful, they do pack a punch with calories, so be sure to enjoy the proper serving size.


Yogurt is packed with protein, calcium and fiber and will help your digestion with its live cultures. When shopping for yogurt, choose whole fat or Greek yogurt with no added fruit/sugars. Yogurt has been known to help boost your immune system, which we could all benefit from as we head into the winter months.

Whole Grains

Whole Grains are packed with protein and fiber, as well as Vitamin B & many key nutrients we need on a daily basis. Whole Grains have been known to help keep your hearth healthy and can also help reduce the risk of diabetes. A few favorites are millet, bulgur and barley.


Many of the known culinary herbs are also jam packed with medicinal properties. Sage is great for oral healthy; peppermint is known to help with an upset stomach and rosemary can help boost brain health. If you grow these in your garden, or purchase them at the market, be sure to include them not only in your food, but as your medicine!

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