7 Foods That Sound Bad but Are Good for You

Most of us struggle to eat well. It’s tough to include kale in every meal, but really we don’t have to. What’s even better news than that, is that not all food we think is bad for us is unhealthy. Here are 7 foods that sound bad but are good for you.

Rapeseed oil and flowers isolated over white.No Fear Fried Food Fried food not only tastes good, but it’s good for you, too. Sort of. It depends on what is being fried. Something like battered and fried broccoli isn’t so bad despite that it’s cloaked in fat. But foods that contain carotenoids and fat soluble vitamins like A and K need fat it helps the body absorbs the nutrients. What makes the frying bad is the type of fat. It’s better to stick to oils like canola and safflower that are made up of unsaturated fats and monounsaturated fatty acids which improve blood cholesterol levels and decrease your risk for heart disease. The bad fats like butter and shortening (trans fats) should be avoided. They increase cholesterol significantly.

Good Shape Guac The main ingredient of guacamole is avocado which is full of fat but it’s good fat that not only doesn’t contain cholesterol, but it can also help lower bad cholesterol. Avocados are also a good source of vitamin K, folic acid and vitamin E. In addition to avocados, guacamole also contains onions, jalapenos and tomatoes. Tomatoes are widely considered a super-food; they contain lycopene, vitamins A, C and E. Mix it all together and you have a cancer-fighting, heart-disease-battling dip.

Coffee cupCoffee Cure Coffee doesn’t just wake you up in the morning, it can give your brain a boost. It actually stimulates the release of dopamine and norepinephrine as well as improve your memory and cognitive function. But a cup of Joe can give your whole body a kick start as well. The long term benefits may include lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Fitness Fries Sweet potatoes are associated with carbohydrates which can scare away any dieter, but those orange tubers are packed with nutrients and they don’t contain nearly as much starch as rice or corn. Sweet potatoes are a great source of potassium, fiber and vitamin A (and Beta-carotene). Beta-carotene protects the body’s immune system and can lower the risk of cancer and heart disease. While adding fat through deep-frying isn’t ideal, in moderation the benefits outweigh the consequences. However, baked sweet potato fries are just as tasty as the fried ones.

Smoothie Strength Smoothies get a bad rap for being high-calorie sugar shakes, but if you use yogurt instead of ice cream, they won’t be so bad. They can actually be quite good for you. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants which prevents the production of cell-damaging free radicals. They’re also anti-inflammatories. Yogurt promotes intestinal health as it’s full of probiotics and the active cultures help prevent yeast infections. You can add banana for texture and potassium and orange juice as a sweetener and for some vitamin C. Just hit puree and you have a breakfast for cancer to contend with.

Cup Cake decorationPotent Peanut Butter  You got chocolate in my peanut butter! You got peanut butter in my chocolate! Together, they taste like strength. Peanut butter is a protein rich food that helps build and repair muscle. It also has cholesterol-lowering, healthy fats and it’s loaded with anti-oxidants. Wrapped in dark chocolate, this may be the perfect food. Dark chocolate can lower your blood pressure, improve your cognitive function and reduce the risk for stroke. A peanut butter cup made with the right ingredients does a body good.

Robust Rinds Deep fried pig skin. Sounds heart-stopping- deadly, doesn’t it? Well, unlike their potato counterparts, pork rinds contain no carbohydrates. The other good news: the bad fat in the skin is rendered off in the cooking process leaving behind almost pure protein.

Four Reasons You Should Purchase Pet Insurance

pet-insurancePets often hold the status of family member. They live with us, travel with us, and even are included in family portraits. These wonderful creatures keep us happier and healthier than if they were not part of our lives. Yet as a whole, most people have not embraced the thought of carrying pet insurance.

This valuable insurance could make a difference in the health and welfare of your pet.

Many people however, do not realize or understand the benefits that this type of coverage provides. By reviewing the following list, you will be able to see how pet insurance can be most beneficial to your beloved pet.

1. You Can Use Your Own Veterinarian. Most human health insurance plans require you to use specific providers for services that are within their plan. These insurance policies will not pay for any services that are not provided by their specific agencies. Pet insurance, however, allows you to use your current veterinarian without any pre-approvals or problems. You simply submit your bill to the insurance provider for reimbursement of covered services.

2. Non-Discriminatory. Pet insurance is available for all pets. Breed, size, or age does not matter. All pets can qualify for pet insurance. Of course, policies will be more cost-effective if purchased when you first adopt your new pet, but this is not crucial to obtaining a policy.

3. Helps You Pay For Emergency Care. You never know when bad things will happen. However, you can always agree that when an emergency strikes, it is at the most inopportune time financially. Having pet insurance will allow you to cover these emergency costs without having to place too much strain on your “rainy day” fund.

4. Pet Insurance Saves Lives. Having pet insurance will not only extend the life of your pet by providing you an economical method to maintain their health, it can also save their lives in the event of an emergency. Many distraught pet owners have to put their pet to sleep after an injury due to an accident simply because they cannot afford the treatment. Sadly, these pets could have been saved. Having a pet insurance policy in place, will allow you to provide this type of treatment when or if it is necessary, and be able to afford it at the same time.

Having a pet insurance policy will also provide you with peace of mind. Knowing your pet is covered for anything that could happen alleviates anxiety, especially if you have lost a pet to one of these circumstances before.

Your pet relies on you for food, shelter, exercise and attention. They need you to play with them, include them in your life, and love them without restraint. They also need you to watch out for their health. A pet insurance policy will make sure that you can fulfill that last responsibility with ease.

As a pet owner, Richard Freeland understands the importance of keeping furry family members healthy. Monkey Insurance lets you save money by comparing thousands of pet insurance policies and choosing the one that best fits your needs.