Greens are Good!

By Larena Tannert

The five most consumed foods in the United States are pizza, chips, donuts, ice cream and chicken tenders. Every day, more than one in three adults eat some sort of restaurant fast food (a report from the National Center for Health Statistics). 110 billion dollars is spent every year on fast food, which directly contributes to the dramatic increase in obesity rates seen in the last two decades. All of this consumption of fast food is leading to increased rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. There is a simple solution to these problems, one that many people disregard even though it could save their life: Eat Healthy Foods!

There are so many benefits to eating healthy foods, and all it takes are some minor dietary changes that anyone can try. To start off, try eating more green foods. Some may taste gross, but many are not that bad if you spice them up. For example, kale and spinach are gross, but if you blend them into your smoothie they are pretty delicious. Broccoli and brussel sprouts are my favorite greens, but I like them even better when they are roasted. All of these vegetables have so many nutrients, antioxidants and minerals in them that will benefit your body and prevent disease and heart problems. Switching out a Big Mac from McDonalds for lunch with a salad is more simple and cheaper, whilst also providing health benefits. 

Green foods are not the only healthy options for improving health, vegetables and fruit are also delicious and should be incorporated into every day meals. Instead of going to McDonalds or Taco Bell, make a soup or a pasta salad so that your body can get the nutrients it needs to stay active and healthy. Instead of wasting money on expensive food that has no positive effects, try to make more food at home. Avocado toast is a delicious and healthy breakfast, filled with the nutrients your body needs to start off the day strong. Smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, eggs and fruit are also nutritional breakfasts that will improve your mood and focus for the day. Eating more of these foods will also prevent you from becoming obese and getting harmful and fatal diseases. Although it does not feel like it at the moment, eating healthier foods will be extremely helpful in the long run, improving muscle strength, fighting diseases and even allowing you to live longer. That is why it is so important to start making healthy food choices now, rather than waiting until it is too late.