January 28, 2013
Top 10 Diet Foods for 2013: Continued

If you are aiming to eat more healthy in 2013, consider adding these foods (plus the foods from the first blog: low-fat Greek yogurt and cottage cheese, beans, fish, leafy green veggies and nuts) to your routine.

6. Berries

Great for: Antioxidants/anthocyanadins, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese

How to use it: As a topper for your favorite salad, cooked grain or pasta dish, granola, cereal or yogurt, and great blended into shakes and smoothies!

7. Orange fruits and veggies

Great for: Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Beta-Carotene, fiber, potassium

How to use it: Sweet potatoes, oranges, carrots, orange bell peppers, pumpkin and butternut squash are great snacks, grilled sides or salad toppers!

8. Edamame

Great for: protein, fiber, vitamin K, B-vitamins, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, manganese, unsaturated fat

How to use it: Dry-roasted edamame, fresh edamame or soy nuts are fantastic snacks, great salad toppers or excellent when mixed into your favorite stir-fry dish

9. Cooked grains

Great for: Soluble fiber (like in oats/oat bran), insoluble fiber, Folate, Vitamin B-6, thiamin, phosphorus, manganese and magnesium

How to use it: Steel-cut oats, amaranth, quinoa, bulgur, brown rice or whole-wheat pasta can be included with any meal of the day (Ex: cooked oats, quinoa salad, brown rice stir-fry) for a long-lasting and filling carbohydrate option.

10. Lean poultry

Great for: Low-fat/high-quality protein, niacin, minerals like selenium, B-vitamins

How to use it: Serve skewers of chicken or low-sodium turkey with a whole-grain cracker as appetizers or snacks, or try chicken or turkey as your side protein or casserole or salad topper at meal times


As you can see, each option that we have included in this year's Best Diet Foods of 2013 is loaded with great nutrition. Try picking one or two items from these lists each week for great variety and healthy foods in your diet plan. Enjoy!

Written by Erika Brown

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