The Top 10 Foods You Should Add To Your Diet

Berries

Not only are all varieties of berries colorful and delicious, but also they’re loaded with vitamins and fiber. Clark says that berries “have more fiber per serving than do other servings of fruit… 1 cup of raspberries has 8 grams of fiber.” Berries are a great mix-in for a bowl of fro-yo, cereal, oatmeal, or yogurt, and they can even serve as a dessert (all you need to add is whipped cream or some chocolate!).  Fresh berries are not always the most accessible food on a college campus, but Clark has some advice for how you can still get your berry benefits: “if fresh fruits and vegetables aren't available, try frozen fruits and vegetables (without added salt and sugar) for a nutritious alternative - but avoid canned as they tend to be lower in overall nutrition value,” she says.

Honey

Follow in the footsteps of Winnie The Pooh and embrace honey. Honey is a natural sweetener, meaning it is less processed than regular table sugar and actually has vitamins and minerals whereas sugar has none. Honey also has antioxidants that can help build your immune system to keep you healthy—it’s no secret that sicknesses like the flu and colds spread way too fast on college campuses, so we need all the immune system building we can get! If you feel yourself starting to get sick, mix a spoonful of honey into hot water and add some lemon juice, or just add some to a cup of tea, and let the honey work its antibacterial magic. Or, you could make a honey and almond butter sandwich for a tasty, yet healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Whole Grains

Whole grain products, such as whole grain bread or brown rice (or spelt!), are full of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and fiber, all of which have proven disease-fighting powers. The problem with buying whole grain products, however, is that brands will often advertise their products as “whole grain” even though they might not be 100% whole grain. Clark recommends, “look for the word ‘whole’ in the first ingredient, or those that say they contain 100% whole grain—not just whole grain, which can be significantly less than 100%.” So skip the white bread and switch to 100% whole grain bread to get more nutritional benefits from your morning toast or lunchtime sandwich.

Flaxseed

Flaxseed is an amazing source of omega-3 essential fatty acids (which are heart-healthy fats proven to deliver multiple health benefits), lignans (an antioxidant), and fiber. Flaxseed comes in both oil and ground forms, both of which have a nutty flavor. You can’t cook with the oil, but you can mix it into salad dressings or soups, and you can sprinkle ground flaxseed into cereal, oatmeal, or yogurt. You can even get small packets of ground flaxseed to take with you on the go!

Skim Milk & Almond Milk

“If you eat dairy, look for nonfat (skim) and 1% (lowfat) items to get the protein, calcium and vitamins A&D benefits without the saturated fat and calories of higher fat dairy options,” says Clark. If you don’t eat dairy (or even if you do and want to try something new), almond milk has even fewer calories per cup than skim milk and has vitamin E. “We have almond milk in our house for girls that are vegans…I tried it for the first time this year and I actually really like it,” Meredith says.