The perfect potable snake. They are one of the richest sources of potassium, which may help regulate blood pressure, and are good sources of fiber. Frozen banana chunks make a terrific guilt free dessert.
An excellent source of fiber, important for keeping blood sugar and cholesterol levels under control. In fact, beans provide even more soluble fiber than oats. They are also high in protein and a good source of folic acid, a B vitamin important for building protein and red blood cells.
A wonder food. One of the best nutrition bets around. Not only is broccoli high in fiber and vitamin C, it provides folic acid, calcium magnesium and iron.
A good source of complex carbohydrates that provide twice as much as white rice. Moreover, it beats white rice for almost every nutrient, including zinc, magnesium, protein, vitamin B6 and selenium.
Probably the most concentrated source of beta-carotene, which, in addition to its possible role as a cancer fighter, may play a key role in preventing the formation of cataracts later in life. Beta-carotene, a source of vitamin A, also may boost your immune system’s ability to fight bacterial and viral infections.
Low-Fat or Fat- Free Cheeses
Great source of calcium, but read nutrition labels carefully. Some of these cheeses are not much lower in fat than their regular counterparts, and they can be high in sodium. Choose one that contains 5 grams or less fat per ounce.
Three ounces of chicken breast has only 3 grams of fat and contains vitamin B6, nutrient important for metabolizing protein. Dark meat has more fat than white, but also more B vitamins, iron, zinc and other nutrients. About the skin, the usual advice is to cook the bird without it.
An often over looked source of fiber and carbohydrate. Sure, fresh corn tastes best, but frozen or canned alternatives are convenient ways to get additional fiber in your diet. Corn also has almost no fat.
Because most of the water has been removed, dried fruits are terrific concentrated sources of energy and good sources of iron, a mineral that helps prevent anemia. High in fructose, they also can be intensely sweet, making them great desserts or snacks and they are fat free.
A favorite among cyclists and runners because they pack a strong carbohydrate punch and are easy to eat during exercise. Much lower in fat than most treats, fig bars also supply a bit of fiber.