6. Pasta

Pasta

A heaping platter of white pasta will add pounds to your middle without providing essential nutrients. However, if you crave a serving of pasta, there are many healthy options available—and that doesn’t only include shredding your zucchini into noodle shapes. Check out the pasta section of your grocery store, and you will find pasta made from brown rice, lentils, quinoa, whole wheat, and beans. Of course, on special occasions, you may want to treat yourself to a serving of comforting, old-fashioned pasta like Grandma used to make. Pair your pasta with generous helpings of vegetables and enjoy!

5. Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter

If you are not careful, you could be consuming large helpings of sugar and sodium along with the peanut butter on your morning toast. However, you needn’t avoid the creamy, protein-packed flavor this nutty spread provides. When shopping for peanut butter, check the labels and choose items that are low in added sugar and sodium. A dab of peanut butter on apple slices or served on whole wheat toast with sliced bananas can be a nutritious, delicious snack. Furthermore, you can expand your horizons by savoring almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter.

4. Potatoes

Selecting Potatoes

Potatoes get a bad rap for their high starch and carbohydrate content. However, potatoes provide vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, potassium, and manganese in addition to fiber and protein. Allrecipes has a recipe for Healthier Oven Roasted Potatoes that calls for garlic, red pepper flakes, and fresh herbs such as basil, rosemary, and parsley. You can gain even more nutritional value by consuming sweet potatoes. These colorful spuds are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Slice up a sweet potato into sticks and roast in the oven with a dash of olive oil for a delicious alternative to French fries.

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