Foods You Should Eat to Maintain Your Health

First we had healthy food products, now we have healthy ingredients! Serious Eats posted this list of 11 Healthy Foods a few weeks ago and for the sake of eating healthy, we thought we’d pass it along.

Sadly, I only consume 5/11 of these foods…and not on that regular of a basis. I’m all for the pomegranate juice (you might remember I have an obsession with POM tea). I adore blueberries and cinnamon and pumpkin (I wasn’t steering you wrong when I challenged you all to eat a pumpkin a day!), along with pumpkin seeds!

It’s the other foods on the list that are causing trouble.

Like for instance, beets. I’m sorry to those who like them, but I HATE beets, and I think it’s because I tried borscht (a soup made out of beets) at too young of an age. Hopefully I’ll get over that one day. Swiss chard pops up in recipes everywhere but my problem is I don’t know where to find it! I can’t say whether or not I like it, because I don’t actually know how it tastes. Sardines freak me out..especially when they come in cans. Cabbage is ok, but I wouldn’t put it at the top of my list of foods I crave and love. Then, there’s turmeric. Where am I supposed to get my regular source of turmeric? Guess I’ll have to start cooking with it…And lastly, there are prunes. I don’t really like prunes, but I guess I will tolerate them if you make me some tzimmes (a traditional Jewish dish made from carrots, sweet potatoes, and prunes).

But hey, I suppose I’ll make the effort to put more of these foods in my regular diet, even if I don’t like them. And as always, we have some recipes that might help you incorporate these ingredients in yours too.

Beet Recipes:
Baby Beets in Sour Cream
Apple, Beet and Avocado Salad
Harvard Beets

Cabbage Recipes:
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Stuffed Cabbage
Cabbage Rolls

Swiss Chard Recipes:
Swiss Chard with Toasted Sesame Seeds

Red Chard with Caramelized Onions

Warm Camembert Salad

Cinnamon Recipes:
Cinnamon Beet Rolls (a double whammy!)
Ginger Cinnamon Tea
Cinnamon Honey Pancakes

Pomegranate Juice Recipes:
Pomegranate Blueberry and Peach Sorbet
Pomegranate-Walnut Chicken
Roast Rack of Pork with Pomegranate Sauce

Prune Recipes:
Prune Cake with Prune Icing
Syrian Stuffed Prunes

Pumpkin Seed Recipes:
Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seed Candy
Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

Sardine/Anchovy Recipes:
Pork with Turnips and Anchovies

Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes, Black Olives and Anchovies

Pizza a la Palermitana

Turmeric Recipes:
Indian Chicken Curry
Meat Curry
Indian Kheema

Blueberry Recipes:
Blueberry Bake
Blueberry Muffins
Peach and Blueberry Crisp

Pumpkin Recipes:
Pumpkin Muffins with Candied Ginger

Curried Pumpkin Bisque
No-Bake Pumpkin Pie
For more pumpkin recipes, check out!

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  • JEP

    I have no problem with cabbage (especially red), cinnamon (think gooey pecan rolls), pumpkin seeds(salad topper, of course), blueberries (topped with half & half), and prunes (love ‘em straight up)! A small problem with beets (think stains) and swiss chard (alien veggie?). A big problem with pom juice, sardines & turmeric…all high on the yuck factor. Hillary…thanks for the recipe links.

  • Liz

    I love pickled beets. LOVE. They’re pretty bland by themselves, but they are delicious pickled.

  • Syrie

    Great Post Hillary. Thanks for sharing. I need to eat way more of these foods.

  • Rebecca

    Wonderful and informative–thanks!

  • Addie

    Love beets. Think Harvard beets, sweet and sour. Also beet greens make a great veggie. Cabbage. Think suffed cabbage rolls. Cinnamon, think anything bread with cinnamon. Blueberries, think cobbler, blueberry buckle, etc. Swiss chard, great in soups. Prunes, just dried plums. So eat plums. Pom juice. Not a favorite of mine. Forget sardines. I want my fish to be fresh, not canned. Tumeric? Not into spicy food. Pumpkin, my family could eat pumpkin cookies everyday of the week. Will pass on the seeds. So seven out of eleven? Not bad. I think I am doing okay. So the foods I don’t like, I think I can find acceptable substitutes.

  • Dee

    Their are a lot of us who may like a lot of these healthy foods and know they are good for you but because of health conditions and types of medication it we are unable to ingest them. When you take medication for a blood condition it limits what you should and can eat. I have been running into this a lot. So it may work for some but not for all.

  • Jason

    Ah, another drawback of getting old!

  • Healthy Foods

    Eating a balance of healthy foods that contain carbohydrate, protein, and fat every day will help your blood glucose stay in balance and keep your weight where you want it to be.

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