Y ~ Nutritious Foods for a Fit Lifestyle # BlogchatterA2Z


When I started with this “Nutritious foods for a healthy lifestyle” series for # BlogchatterA2Z I was dreading how this would be accepted. I am a strong advocate of healthy eating and believe in making fitness a part of our daily lives. It is heartwarming to find that so many people not only agree with me, but also follow the same lifestyle. We must treat our body like a temple, worship it and preserve it. It’s the only one we have after all!

I hope to shatter some myths with today’s food choices. Anything that is overdone can be disastrous, but we can feel the benefits of doing it in moderation. Excluding them completely from our diet should not be encouraged.

Yeast

Yeast is a type of fungus that initiates fermentation and is used in making bread and brewing beer. It is a good way to maintain healthy digestion and can help build immunity. Nutritional yeast is rich in vitamin B and contains iron and zinc which help strengthen muscles and bones. Yeast contains good bacteria that support gut health. However, yeast should be consumed with caution and control as it can cause infections of the mouth, skin and vagina if overdosed.

Kombucha is a light fermented tea made from yeast and available in different flavors like lemon and orange. Kefir is a probiotic dairy product that contains yeast grains added to milk. Yeast breads are light and spongy.

Yogurt

Yogurt or dahi is made by fermenting lactose in milk that contains bacteria. It ranks at the top of the nutritious food list because it provides almost all the nutrients your body needs. The high calcium content in yogurt gives you healthy teeth and bones, while riboflavin and vitamin B12 protect you from heart disease. It is rich in protein which helps increase metabolism and control weight. It strengthens your immunity, leads to better digestion, and may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

Frozen yogurt is all the rage now and comes in a variety of amazing flavors. however, homemade unsweetened dahi is the most beneficial for health. Buttermilk or lassi are refreshing drinks to consume at any time of the day. Add yogurt to your meals, layer your chaats or make fruit bowls and yogurt parfaits for the night. The possibilities are endless!

Yams

Yams are tuberous vegetables that resemble but are different from sweet potato. However, they are more starchy and taste less sweet. Yams are nutritious foods high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and are a great source of vitamin C, potassium, copper, and manganese. They improve brain function and can improve your memory. Yams contain antioxidants that can fight cancer and reduce inflammation. They help control blood sugar and can promote weight loss by reducing appetite.

Yams are a delight to cook and eat because they are versatile in both sweet and savory recipes. Baked yam crisps, mashed yams (like mashed potatoes), yam fries or mashed yams in muffins or breads, they are a delectable indulgence.

Egg yolk

An egg is the perfect balance of protein and fat and is one of the most nutrient dense foods. While egg whites are considered high in protein and yolks high in cholesterol, they do have some notable benefits. Yolks are an incredible source of water soluble vitamins and contain essential fats and minerals like iron, calcium, sodium, and zinc.

The nutritional value, especially fat, of eggs also depends on their source and how they are cooked. The yolks can be separated from the egg white and used in cakes or in the making and brushing of baked goods. Plus, hard-boiled egg yolks can be added to sautéed vegetables, sandwiches and burgers. however, it is better to eat a whole egg.

Yorkshire Pudding is a delicious, traditional baked treat that can be stuffed with sausage or mash and made into a full meal. Yellow peppers add a touch of color to salads, savory pies and open sandwiches. Cornbread is made with yellow cornmeal while Yakhni pulao is the love of foodies. Nutritious foods have such a wide variety and are a tasty treat, right?

This article is part of the # BlogchatterA2Z challenge by Blog chat

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