“It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple”. You know stuff like this sends my head in a tailspin. I believe there should be some key points to ideas like these. And the issue that I have is that ok maybe with concepts like happiness, living life, morality this ambiguity or uncertainty is given, but all this now gets extended to simple things as well. Take density, for example, density is simply supposed to mean space that a thing takes, but we all know that is not all density is now used for. It means various things when applied to others. For example dense fog – possibly dangerous and enjoyable to some, dense smog definitely injurious. Dense people can turn an epidemic. Dense cake bad, but dense food with nutrients amazing. So let’s focus on the amazing stuff for now.
By simple reference to density concept, nutrient-dense food should mean any food where nutrients have taken more space, and anything with more nutrients means healthy and good for us. But to be precise, nutrient-dense foods are those that are rich in all sorts of nutrients (vitamins, minerals, lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats) and still lesser in calories. So they are a double dose of health and goodness, which is why you should include these in your diets. Here is a list of you to select from:
- Leafy Green Vegetables: I know you have heard it time and again but yes leafy greens are going to be on all sorts of the list. You are looking at kale dense with Vit A, C, K, potassium, manganese, calcium, iron, phosphorous, Phytonutrients, you just can’t ignore it. Other greens include collard greens, bok choy, spinach, and even broccoli albeit not leafy.
- Sweet Potatoes: Did you know being a complex carbohydrate (takes longer to break down) it is one of a great source of lasting energy. Not just that it is packed with antioxidants, Potassium, Vitamin B6 & C.
- Salmon: Omega 3 and 6 are vital to good health, and we all know that fishes are the go-to source for them. Salmon also contains magnesium, potassium, selenium, as well as omega 3 fatty acids. Other fishes in the consideration are sardines, shellfish.
- Quinoa: Oh yes it’s the famous super-food that is replacing rice, wheat in people’s diets. This little grain here is full of fiber, protein, iron, zinc, B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and calcium.
- Legumes: This group of foods here refers to soybeans, Brussels sprouts, Beans, Lentils. They will fill you up with calcium, Folate, Vitamins, Potassium, Manganese.
- Nuts & Seeds: Almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, can provide you with vitamin E, biotin, manganese, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, monounsaturated fats, selenium, and folate.
Nutrient-dense foods are akin to smart, healthy, calorie-conscious eating, resulting in better immunity, healthier heart, and other organs, basically a healthy whole. So simply they are a good density for you. And that’s a concept with clearly defined points to apply. So here’s happy density for you.