5 Foods You Can Add To Any Meal That'll Make It Instantly More Healthy

by Colleen Mayer

Eating healthy food is a hot topic in today's society.

It is all over social media, YouTube, the news and even on the walls of your public bathrooms.

Now, I know everyone has different body type and everyone has a different way of being healthy.

Though I am not even close to being an expert, I do have personal experiences with experimenting with my health.

Over about four years, I have transformed myself into very unhealthy to a little too healthy, and finally to just the perfect amount of healthy.

These are some of the foods and ingredients I have found to help my mind, body and soul feel better.

1. Turmeric

Turmeric has a very important ingredient in it called curcumin.

Curcumin may be used as an anti-inflammatory agent, and it is a strong antioxidant.

Studies have also shown that turmeric lowers your risk of heart disease.

Turmeric has a very earthy taste, but it also blends in very well with other spices.

I like to put it on garbanzo beans with a little bit of garlic salt. These three ingredients are perfect when baked for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.

2. Black beans

Black beans are filled with so many vitamins that are necessary for your body. These vitamins include fiber, potassium and B6.

The fiber in black beans helps lower the cholesterol in your body, and it also lowers your risk of heart disease.

If you blend up black beans with onion, lemon pepper and flour, you can fry them on a nonstick pan and make black bean burgers.

3. Ginger

Ginger is known to help with muscle pain and soreness, and it also can treat nausea including morning sickness.

As an athlete, sometimes I get sore, and sometimes I eat really late at night after workouts.

So, in the morning, I'm sore and my stomach is acting up a little bit. Some graded up ginger in hot water always helps my body feel rejuvenated.

4. Quinoa

Such a nutritious and protein-rich food!

Quinoa also has twice as much fiber as any other grain. So in other words, it is a super grain.

It also contains iron, magnesium and lysine. It is also very high in B2.

Quinoa is honestly an amazing super food because it has so many nutrients.

I like using it in sweet and savory dishes. In the morning, I will make it like I make oats and put cinnamon and bananas in it. At night, I will add avocado and mixed vegetables to my quinoa.

5. Lemons

I know you're thinking, "Of course lemons are good for you."

But, I don't think you understand how wonderful lemons are. Lemons contain Vitamin C, citric acid, B-complex, iron, copper and so many other things. Lemons also contain potassium, which benefits the heart.

Lemon kicks up your digestive system, so I like putting lemon juice in hot water in the morning.

Obviously, there are many more rich and nutrient-based foods, but these are just some of my favorites.

The best advice I can give to you from someone who is still learning about their own body every day is to simply educate yourself.

Read a book or watch a video on health, and find out what is best for you. And as always, stay jolly.