Some people believe that healthy foods are tasteless and boring.
However, nothing could be further from the truth.
Here are 15 health foods that taste even better than the most commonly consumed junk foods.
Strawberries are exceptionally juicy and have a sweet, delicious flavor.
They are an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese, folate and potassium, as well as various antioxidants and plant compounds.
One cup of strawberries contains 3 grams of fiber and as little as 46 calories.
If you don't like them plain, try dipping the tip of the berry in some melted dark chocolate.
Bottom line: Strawberries are low in calories and contain many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They have been linked to improved heart health, better blood sugar control and cancer prevention.
Blueberries are colorful and nutrient-rich with a sweet flavor.
One cup of blueberries contains only 84 calories, but provides 4 grams of fiber.
It also contains high amounts of many vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese.
They can be enjoyed either fresh or frozen, and I find them especially delicious mixed with either yogurt or full-fat cream.
Bottom line: Blueberries are high in fiber and nutrients, but low in calories. They are an antioxidant superfood that may protect the body against oxidative damage and improve memory in older adults.
Many studies have shown that dark chocolate is incredibly healthy, and may reduce your risk of several diseases.Dark chocolate is loaded with fiber and antioxidants, as well as minerals such as iron, magnesium, copper and manganese (11).
Plant compounds in dark chocolate have been shown to lower blood pressure, protect against heart disease, improve brain function and protect the skin against the sun's harmful UV-rays (12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17).
To make the most of the health benefits, it is recommended to eat dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70–85% or higher.
A piece of dark chocolate is especially delicious when enjoyed with a good cup of coffee.
Bottom line: Dark chocolate contains high amounts of fiber, antioxidants and minerals. It may reduce the risk of heart disease, improve brain function and protect the skin from the sun.
Almonds are the ultimate crunchy treat. They contain heart-healthy fats, are very nutritious and require no preparation.
Almonds are packed with antioxidants. They also provide large amounts of fiber, protein and several vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, manganese and magnesium.
If you are craving something sweet, try putting 2–3 almonds inside one date for an incredibly tasty treat.
Bottom line: Almonds contain heart-healthy fats and are packed with fiber, protein, and other nutrients. They are a satisfying food that may help with weight loss and reduce the risk of heart disease.
These little crunchy and salty nuts are absolutely mouthwatering.
Pistachios contain large amounts of heart-healthy fats, high-quality protein and a good amount of fiber.
They are also good sources of B-vitamins, phosphorus, potassium and iron.
As a source of powerful antioxidants, pistachios have been linked with health benefits such as improved blood fats, decreased oxidized LDL-cholesterol, decreased inflammation and reduced blood sugar levels (25, 26, 27).
Just make sure not to eat too many of these at one time, as pistachios are very high in calories. A single cup of pistachios may contain up to 700 calories.
Bottom line: Pistachios contain heart-healthy fats, protein and fiber, as well as several vitamins and minerals. They are very filling and have been linked with many health benefits.
These deep red, beautiful berries are a delicious and healthy snack.
Cherries are low in calories, but high in various nutrients like fiber and vitamin C.
They also contain many antioxidants and plant compounds.
Cherries contain nutrients that may protect against diseases such as cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's (30).
Bottom line: Cherries are a low-calorie snack with large amounts of vitamins, antioxidants and plant compounds. They have been linked with a reduced risk of several diseases including cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Mangoes are a tropical fruit containing soluble fiber and a wide range of antioxidants, as well as high amounts of vitamin A (from beta-carotene) and vitamin C.
They are relatively low in calories and have glycemic index values ranging from low to medium, which means that they should not cause major spikes in blood sugar levels.
Mangoes are high in plant compounds and antioxidants, and may contribute to a reduced risk of oxidative damage and many chronic diseases, such as cancers (31).
Fresh mangoes are simply delicious, and many people like to add them to breakfast porridges, smoothies or yogurt.
Bottom line: Mangoes are a relatively low-calorie fruit with high amounts of soluble fiber, antioxidants, vitamin A (from beta-carotene) and vitamin C. They may reduce the risk of oxidative damage in the body.
Cheese is one of the most delicious foods you can find.It is highly nutritious as well as rich in several vitamins and minerals like calcium, vitamin B12, phosphorus, selenium and zinc.
Cheese and other dairy products are linked with improved bone health, and may be valuable in the battle against osteoporosis, a disease characterized by bone loss and an increased risk of fractures (32, 33).
There are many types of cheese, but all of them consist mainly of protein and fat. Most varieties are relatively high in calories.
In addition to all the health benefits, cheese is simply very tasty and filling.
Bottom line: Cheese is highly nutritious and rich in several vitamins and minerals such as calcium and vitamin B12. It contains high-quality protein and fat, both of which are linked with several health benefits.
Avocados are an unusual fatty fruit with a smooth and creamy texture.
Avocados are packed with healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber.
They are also a great source of B-vitamins, vitamin K, potassium, copper, vitamin E and vitamin C.
Avocados are also very filling and do not raise blood sugar levels very much, all of which make them a weight loss friendly food.
If you don't like your avocado plain, try adding some salt and pepper.
If that doesn't do the trick, you can also try creating an avocado "chocolate pudding" in your blender: