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Ten Must Have Foods

When people are asking for a list of ten best foods they are usually looking for something like this, almonds, blueberries, spinach, which is fine, but these three foods are not cheap and even if they were, they are not a meal unto themselves, but snacks, a side dish or flavouring depending upon their use.

I eat almonds regularly usually no more than ten a day. Why? Well, ten satisfies my desire for almonds and keeps the supply maintained. I do eat blueberries when they are in season and try and go blueberry picking or buy them from someone I know who has gone picking. This is much cheaperand I can get considerably more blueberries so that I can freeze them for the off season.

I mentioned this in another hub. I am reading Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto”:” Pollan advises us to “Eat food, not too much and mostly plants.”

I agree. Get your focus off the micronutrients and macronutrients that are in what you eat and get your head into eating. I do not eat simply because it is good for me to eat certain things. I eat because I like the taste of food and while I am always open to new experiences, if I do not like the taste, I am not going to eat it.

I also know that by eating fresh food, and the only way food can be truly fresh is to be grown as close to my kitchen as possible, I am eating the best food that is available.

I have type 2 diabetes. I mention this because what I choose to eat is important to my health so I do not chow down on too much fat and salt for example, preferring lean meat and chicken and on occasion fish, and only use those in small quantities, while vegetables, especially leafy greens such as spinach, and root vegetables play a major role in my food choices.

So if you are looking for food not vitamins and micronutrients try the following list:

1- Berries in season, this includes blueberries, strawberries, gooseberries, raspberries and more

2- Root vegetables, for example, turnips, potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips.

3- Leafy greens, spinach, kale, lettuce

4- Cabbage

5- Broccoli

6- Beans

7- Lentils

8- Chick peas

9- Peas

10- Lean meat, chicken, fish

That is my list. There are quite a few more foods that I eat and, of course, there are herbs and spices.

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guidebaba 7 years ago from India

There could not have been a better answer to my request. I agree that while almonds, blueberries, spinach and green vegetables are must-have food, but at the same time other food ithems such as meat, fish, chicken, root vegetables cannot be ignored. To summerise we can say that one should have a well balanced diet.

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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

That is a reasonable summary.

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ccdursina 7 years ago from Spring Green WI

Great hub! I love to combine one good meal with fruit and healthy snacks!

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Kulsum Mehmood 7 years ago from Nagpur, India

Great ideas Bob. I love vegetables, green ones at that. But I also love meat, chicken and fish. And the salads of course. And fruits and juices.

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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Eating is not meant to be complicated, tasty yes, difficult no. Thanks for stopping by.

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Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Very often it is heard 'I eat so less, still I am not able to reduce my weight.' Eating the right foods at the right time is said to help in weightloss and not skipping meals. Once I have realised that I made some lifestyle changes and I feel more healthier and happier today. My food consists of milk,buttermilk, grilled chicken, raw foods, salads, juices, veggitebles and soups mainly.

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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

i usualy eat 5-6 small meals a day. Thanks for stopping by.

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Pat Merewether 7 years ago from Michigan

This is a good hub, Bob! I try to make everything I eat 'count' toward health, but I still have a wee bit of junk food when we're on vacation. Almonds are very excellent for your health and taste yummy too!

I pick or buy blueberries at our farmers market when they're in season (and pretty inexpensive) and freeze them. Yum!

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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks. In season, berries do beocme more reasonably priced. It is a good time to buy and freeze. Thanks for stopping by.

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