15 Of The Healthiest Foods To Eat Right Now

It is almost the end of the year and the stores are filled with healthy fresh fruits and vegetables. Eating produce in season is the easiest and least expensive way to support your health goals. Food is medicine! Eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes is the best way to gain vital nutrients and compounds, such as antioxidants, that will keep your body healthy.

15 of the healthiest foods to eat right now

Variety is extremely important to maintain good health. Eating a variety of foods not only provides essential nutrients but it prevents boredom and cooking burnout. I don't know about you, but I get tired of eating the same old recipes every week. Plus, it is fun discovering new foods to eat. It is an activity you can get the whole family involved in!


A great way to incorporate new foods into any routine is to make it a game. Have someone in the family pick a new food each week and find a recipe using it. Getting everyone involved makes learning about food and nutrition fun. If every week is too stressful, try once a month.


It is OK if the new food is a failure! There are plenty of times I try a new recipe and when my husband and I discuss it, we may decide it wasn't something we liked or would want to make again. Sometimes I liked it and he didn't. When that happens, I'll make the new food for lunch instead of dinner. The important part is we are both open to trying something new.


Research shows eating a variety of foods supports the development of good bacteria in the gut. When there is a diverse population of good bacteria in the body, our digestive system, immune system, heart and brain benefit. (Source: Washington University) When we have an imbalance of bacteria in the body, disease and illness can occur. Our bodies are smart! They tell us when we have an imbalance. How? Symptoms!


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Here are the 15 healthiest foods you should be eating right now, why they are so healthy and recipes to try!


CRANBERRY


Cranberries are a superfood to eat all year round. While it is difficult to find fresh cranberries, now is the time of year to experiment with them and make more than just cranberry sauce. Cranberries are full of vitamin C and are usually only thought of as a preventative food for urinary tract infections. But they are so much more!


Cranberries are very high in plant compounds and antioxidants that support a healthy body. Quercetin is the most abundant antioxidant in cranberries and it is known for its ability to reduce inflammation in the body, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Quercetin may also be brain protective, anti-allergy and anticancer. (Source: WebMD)


The antioxidants are found in the cranberries skin not in the juice. Since it is difficult to find fresh cranberries all year round, use dried cranberries regularly or buy a concentrated cranberry powder to add to smoothies. sprinkle on oatmeal or stir into yogurt. I buy this one on amazon: PURECO Organic Cranberry Powder.


Fresh cranberry recipes are below. Simply click on the name of the recipe to be brought to it.


Healthy Cranberry Oatmeal Squares From Up Beet Kitchen

Butternut Squash Cranberry Quinoa Salad From Little Broken

Cranberry Vinaigrette From Family Food On The Table

Cranberry Chicken Casserole From Erin Lives Whole

cranberry oatmeal squares

GRAPES


While grapes nutrition value is very impressive, it is important to nutrients are found in the skin and seeds. Don't buy seedless grapes! You'll be missing out on a significant portion of grapes nutrition value. Grapes are most well known for their cardiovascular health benefits. Grapes have been studied and shown to:


  • Improve blood pressure and total cholesterol

  • Reduce platelet clumping when inappropriate

  • Increase nitric oxide in blood vessel walls when needed

In addition, grapes balance blood sugar, improve insulin regulation and reduce insulin sensitivity. (Source: World's Healthiest Foods) Grapes are very hydrating, help to moisten tissues and improve metabolism. Grape recipes are below. Simply click on the name of the recipe to be brought to it.


Frozen Grapes From Joyful Belly Sliced Grapes with Cilantro & Cayenne From Joyful Belly

Balsamic and Grape Quinoa From My Recipes

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Grapes and Walnuts From Foodie With Family


roasted brussels sprouts with grapes and walnuts on a sheet pan

PEAR


Pear nutrition includes a very good source of dietary fiber and a good source of copper, vitamin C and vitamin K. Since they are a very good source of dietary fiber, pears may protect against Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease and gastric cancer. (Source: World's Healthiest Foods) Pears have been eaten since ancient times and in ancient Greece, they were used as a laxative and to treat nausea.


Pear recipes are below. Simply click on the name of the recipe to be brought to it.


Baked Pears with Walnuts and Honey From Skinny Taste

Apple Pear Crisp from The Simple Veganista

Pear Oatmeal Bars From Happy Healthy Mama

Healthy Pear Cake From Chew Out Loud

pear oatmeal bar on a plate with a cup of coffee

PERSIMMON


Now, this is a fruit I've never tried! I saw a bag at Trader Joe's so I will need to try this as part of my healthy routine. Persimmon nutrition are high in potassium, beta carotene and they provide vitamin C, folate, phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium. They have exceptionally high lutein and zeaxanthin, which protect against age-related macular degeneration. Plus, they support long-term memory and prevent cognitive decline. (Source: Very Well Fit)


Persimmon recipes are below. Simply click on the name of the recipe to be brought to it.


Gluten Free Persimmon Bread From Life Made Full

Savory Stuffed Persimmons From Healing Tomato

Persimmon Ginger Chicken From Abbey's Kitchen

Persimmon Banana Breakfast Cookies From Toaster Oven Love

gluten free persimmon bread sliced on a plate

POMEGRANATE


Pomegranates are widely known to inhibit diarrhea. They are rich in tannic acid, flavonoids and alkaloids, which inhibit intestinal motility. Pomegranate also promote reabsorption of water and salts thereby inhibiting the accumulation of fluids. When the intestines have excess water, it promotes diarrhea. (Source: 1mg)


Pomegranate nutrition includes antioxidants that are anti-inflammatory, which can reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer's and obesity. Pomegranates also provide 30% of the daily value of Vitamin C, helping to keep the immune system strong. (Source; Healthline)


Pomegranate recipes are below. Simply click on the name of the recipe to be brought to it.


Green Beans With Pomegranate Sauce From Created By Diane

No Bake Chocolate Pomegranate Tart From Bakerita

Pomegranate Chicken From Our Salty Kitchen

Vegan Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies From The Everyday Veggie

vegan chocolate pomegranate cookies on a table

PUMPKIN SEEDS


The power of pumpkin seeds! Pumpkin seeds nutrition includes 8 - 10 grams of plant protein! Afraid you won't get enough protein if you cut back on eating meat, fish, chicken and pork? Not true! Pumpkin seeds help prove that plants can easily supply your daily requirement of protein. While you might like making pumpkin seeds at home, it is easy to find packaged pumpkin seeds any time of year.


Pumpkin Seed recipes are below. Simply click on the name of the recipe to be brought to it.


Pumpkin Seed Recipe From Wholefully

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Seed Recipe From Slender Kitchen

Heather's Quinoa Recipe From 1010 Cookbooks

Vegan Pumpkin Power Muffins From Blissful Basil

vegan pumpkin power muffins in a muffin pan

DELICATA SQUASH


Delicata squash nutrition is a good source of potassium, dietary fiber and contains magnesium, manganese, and vitamins C and B. But unlike most winter squash varieties, this squash is not as rich in beta-carotene. (Source: Farmers Almanac)


Delicata squash recipes are below. Simply click on the name of the recipe to be brought to it.