Confused by mixed messages about the best foods for your body and brain? Some of the most nutritious foods we enjoy grow straight from the ground! Foods that you can pick from the garden, or foods that are processed as minimally as possible before being eaten, are considered whole foods. Whole foods provide your body and brain with lots of nutrients and are simple and delicious. These whole foods are some of our favorites.

Leafy greens like spinach and kale. Leafy greens are packed with nutrients and fiber to support healthy digestion. They can also lower your blood pressure and your risk of heart disease.

All kinds of berries like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Berries are full of antioxidants and fiber that will keep you full throughout the day and support healthy skin.

Nuts and seeds like almonds and sunflower seeds. Nuts of all kinds have proteins and healthy fats, as well as vitamins and minerals, which may reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Beans and legumes like black beans and lentils. What’s a legume? They’re the seeds of flowering plants like peas and peanuts. Whether you’re having a bean or a legume, they’re full of amino acids and proteins that can help your skin heal and keep your muscles strong.

Whole grains like whole wheat and quinoa. Whole grains can be an excellent source of fiber and provide your body with complex carbs to keep you energized during the day.

What foods do your kids like that come from the ground? Pair this article with our Red-light, Yellow-light, Green-light Foods article to see which whole foods are green-light options!

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