Long before blogging, people bought and read books (what a concept!). And one of my favorite series was from Eat This, Not That!, developed from a column from Men’s Health magazine written by David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding, which now  includes a website, quarterly magazine, videos, e-books and downloadable PDFs.

From a recent Eat This, Not That! article by Perri O. Blumberg: 40 Foods Nutrition Experts Told Us You Should Be Eating Every Day, here are the foods I like best:

Cucumber

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“Cucumber is a delicious and light way to hydrate the body and replenish its daily vitamins. In fact, cucumber holds the most water by weight of any solid food (95 percent water),” says Lisa Hayim, registered dietitian and founder of  The Well Necessities. “When we’re not in the mood to drink our fluids, slicing up some cucumbers or adding them to a salad can help with hydration and detoxification.”

Greek Yogurt

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Greek yogurt  provides probiotics, protein, and calcium. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that live in your digestive tract. It’s the balance of good and bad bacteria that helps maintain your gut health, immunity, and overall health,” Dr. Sonali Ruder, DO, aka  The Foodie Physician, says. “Greek yogurt is also packed with protein, which helps us maintain muscle mass as we age and also gives us long-lasting energy. It can be an especially good source of protein for vegetarians. Greek yogurt also provides calcium (a mineral that many Americans fall short on), which helps maintains bone health.”

Watermelon

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“Watermelon is one of the best ways to stay hydrated. [It’s]  made up of mostly water  and rich in electrolytes, particularly potassium, which is essential for hydration on the cellular level. It keeps your skin flawless and fresh-looking from the inside out,” says Kotsopoulos. “Watermelon water also contains the rind, which is rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that firms up skin and helps to slow the aging process. And it also contains L-Citrulline, which acts as a vasodilator helping to deliver oxygen to all the cells in your body and is also great for glowing skin. Plus, it’s rich in antioxidant lycopene (way more than tomatoes), which helps build our skin-firming collagen and prevents against UV damage.”

Wild Salmon

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“Salmon contains a good dose of omega-3 fatty acids as well as a unique combination of antioxidants, including DMAE and astaxanthin (which makes it pink),” says Dr. Taz. “All of these constituents control inflammation and contribute to a hydrated and youthful appearance.”

Blueberries

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“Blueberries are rich in vitamins and minerals. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, vegetables and fruits (like blueberries), are associated with reduced risk of many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, and may be protective against certain types of cancers,” Ruder says. “Blueberries are a good source of vitamin C and fiber. Vitamin C helps the immune system work properly and is an antioxidant that helps to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Fiber is a nutrient that most of us don’t get nearly enough of. It serves many important functions, including aiding in digestion, contributing to feelings of satiety or fullness, helping to lower cholesterol, and keeping blood sugar levels in check.”

Eggs

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“Whole eggs are a great source of choline, an essential nutrient needed for optimal cognitive function, metabolism and transport of lipids, and cardiovascular health,”  Kristin Koskinen, RDN, LD, CD, says. “Eggs from pastured hens or those fed an omega-3-rich diet also provide essential fatty acids that are known to be anti-inflammatory and support brain health. Concerns about eating eggs and serum cholesterol have been set aside in recent years.” Koskinen suggests replacing sugary, processed breakfast cereals with  eggs  for a more wholesome A.M. meal.

Water

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“This may sound obvious, but the majority of the patients I see are drinking less than even half of their recommended amounts of water each day,” says Marissa Meshulam, R.D. “Water is vital for every bodily function, so it is imperative we get in the amount we need! While dehydration can cause annoying side effects like fatigue and brain fog, it can also mask itself as hunger. When working with patients on weight loss, I always ensure they are getting enough water during the day. Being adequately hydrated also fills your stomach, so drinking water with meals is a great way to make sure you do not overeat. I usually start with the goal of two liters per day and eventually increase to 2.5 to 3 liters per day if that fits with my clients’ goals and lifestyles.”

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