Sunday, November 05, 2006
66. Top 10 Simple & Beneficial Foods for a Healthy Life!

Last week was very busy for me, and I couldnt stop at most of your blogs - sorry folks will stop by sometime!

How we look, how we feel, how healthy we are and how we perform all narrows down to one - What we eat! After having written a funny post on tummy, I wanted to write a 10 pointer on simple easy to buy foods that could be beneficial to us, help us feel energetic and improve our health and battle against body fat

Note: These foods works best when combined with an all round regular exercise regimen( it could be anything from stretching your arms and legs or walking on the treadmill for atleast half an hour everyday).

1. Oatmeal

Oats are slow to digest and provide you a steady sustained flow of energy to take you through the first few hours of the day. Its always good to have a oatmeal with a cup of milk for breakfast everyday!

2. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are rich in carotenoid - which have proved to improve immunity as well as the risk of developing heart attacks. To gain more resistance eat more tomatoes, but folks with Kidney trouble you'd better consult your physician before eating this!

3. Almonds

Little do we realize that not only do almonds provide teaste and texture to foods, they also provide more complete nutrition than you can imagine - One ounce of almond contains 12% of the daily allowance of the protein you need and 35% of daily allowance of Vitamin E - A antidoxidant in fighting cancer! If you are pregnant, Almonds are a definite add-on to your diet as they provide you the folic acid you need!

4. Fish

Salmon tops the list with the best fish amongst the other fishes, to be had in your food. I really dont know how it tastes or even a cooked fish looks like, but for all you non-vegetarians, remember this is one great source for all your protein! Include fish in your food atleast 1-2 times a week!

5. Milk

Lets not forget that this is best source of calcium which prevents our bones from becoming weak and helps against developing osteoporosis later in life! But watch-out few develop allergies by consuming milk. Milk isnt the perfect food, but is still good in its various forms and its always good to have a cup of milk everyday

6. Apple

Apples are rich in pectin fibre, that helps in keeping the blood cholesterol levels in balance and importantly help in controlling appetite levels, thus aiding us in our battle against overeating.

7. Tea

The golden beverage of all time - its helps in reducing the risk of cancer, heart attack and Parkinson's disease. Also know as the Wonder drug - tea has "Theanine" an amino acid unique to tea that delays' ageing(isnt that great!), helps fighting viral infection, and helps prevent blood clotting!

8. Garlic

A little smelly though, Garlic keeps your heart healthy, wards off your cough and cold problems and reduces cholesterol. Teenagers with acne problems - this is one natural solution to keep acne away and it is also a natural mosquito repellant! But a lot of folks have allergy to garlic too - symptoms including skin rash, headaches and so on, hence consult your doctor if you experience trouble when eating garlic

9. Kidney Beans

Why Kidney beans? Because they are an excellent source of Iron, folate as well as magnesium. Folks with diabetes this is your best medicine as its rich fiber prevents your blood sugar rising rapidly after a sumptuous meal!

10. Finally Water - the elixir of life

The functions of water go beyond just hydration. They include aiding digestion, weight loss, regulating body temperature, aiding the kidney in excretion, lubricating our joints and the list goes on and on and on....

posted by Prasanna Parameswaran at 9:03 PM |


At 11:46 PM, Blogger Alan

Other than kidney beans and almonds, we eat all of those regularly. I like beans and almonds, they just haven't been regular items.

Presently they say coffee (yea!)and red wine are good for you as well. Those items seems to change favorability every other month.

I'm still hoping beer will be declared the miracle cure-all. :)


At 10:29 AM, Blogger மு.கார்த்திகேயன்

IA, enna ithu eppadi ore useful posttaa podureengka..


At 10:49 AM, Blogger indianangel

Alan: tats very nice! I too dont take almonds much (primarily because i dont like its taste - interesting eh?)

//I'm still hoping beer will be declared the miracle cure-all. :)

ha ha! if it really is then 99% of the folks wud be happy in the world! :)

Karthi: chumma oru build-up dhaan! naan oru post serious onnu comedy'nnu maathi mathi ezhuduvaen! :)


At 11:23 AM, Blogger White Forest



At 11:23 AM, Blogger White Forest



At 12:23 PM, Blogger Deekshanya

nice post. liked it. BTW, enna friends blog listla en per illa, hello !nan unga friend ilayanga??


At 1:23 PM, Blogger வேதா

இந்த முறை சாப்பாடு மேட்டரா? இந்த லிஸ்ட்ல ஓட்ஸ் தினமும் சாப்டறதுண்டு, தக்காளி,பால், அப்புறம் நிச்சயமாக தண்ணீரும் தினமுமே உண்டு:)


At 2:58 PM, Blogger mojindro

water being my favorite...
i like eating kidney beans.. my mom cooks it very well..
and every other thing is being taken up as usual...


At 4:09 PM, Blogger Balaji S Rajan


Your diet chart is very good. Not many know about Kidney Beans. Yes it is very good for people suffering with Diabetes, because of its rich fibre content and slow energy release.


At 6:32 PM, Blogger indianangel

rathna: thank you!
@ deeksh: achacho! appadi yellam edhuvum kedayadhu, silaroda pera'a add panna marandhuruppen - ungaldhum marandhutten, ippa add pannitten okva! :)
@ usha: aama! indha murai saapadu matter! :)
@ mojindro! thats nice! i started eating kidney beans only after coming down to US :)
@ bala: thank you! i believe atleast now a few people will know ( if they read this post! :))


At 9:29 PM, Blogger Priya

Very good. Belly kuraikkava?

Fish thavira ellam saapiduven. Surprised that tomato is No.2 in the list.


At 10:03 PM, Blogger Syam

ipdi ellam nalla items saapita namma body accept pannikaathungov.. :-)


At 10:27 PM, Blogger KK

list'la Chicken'a kanom??? Beer is good for cleaning the Kidney :) Atha vittuteengale :)


At 10:33 PM, Blogger Sandai-Kozhi

WOW!you are right.we are,what we eat.Health is wealth nu summava sonnaga.I take wholegrain bread for breakfast.for lunch veg.soup,2 kinds of veg(mostly greens),brown rice,for dinner ragi dosa or kambu dosa kind.Once in a week I freak out with sweets.:D--SKM


At 11:39 PM, Blogger Kavi

Well, all this is great. But then, where is the food ?!


Thanks for sharing !


At 12:33 AM, Blogger Twisted DNA

No red wine!? We wine lovers have been convincing ourselves and others that we only drink wine because it's good for health ;)


At 12:59 AM, Anonymous pravin

i'm going to try this out. will keep you posted on how it works.

i have one month to get my act together. i've taken a leave from work too.


At 1:50 AM, Anonymous priya

I shud say I am goody goody coz I take all these above said ones. Wine and cider missing!!!


At 7:06 AM, Blogger indianangel

priya: belly koraikkardhukku illa idhellam - this is just to keep you in good health! having a light belly will not cause any trouble as long as we have that in control! :)

Syam: adhane! nama saapade thani! :)

KK: chicken'naala udal ubathaigaldhaan jassthi, avian flu'va adhukkula eppadi neenga marakkalam! chicken is good to taste only ( i guess!)

skm: superappu nalla healthy fooda saapidareenga!

//Well, all this is great. But then, where is the food ?!
ha ha very true!

//Dna: hey thats right! we should include wine too! :O

pravin:welcome here! definitely let me know!

pria:great! appadiye continue pannunga!


At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Lera

OOOh! This is a pretty impressive list ,could say an essential list for a healthy world....:)


At 10:23 PM, Blogger Jeevan

First time hearing about Kidney beans. I usually have kanji (mixture of nut's and corn) as my breakfast; it gives much energy and it control-gaining fat. Fish is my favorite, will take it one's or twice in a week.

Very useful post Friend:)


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