Food knowledge is power and what you put on your plate can have a huge impact on your life, whether it’s helping to boost energy, improve your mood or help reduce the risk for a variety of conditions including diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Joy Bauer stopped by Megyn Kelly TODAY to share six of her favorite food that may help lengthen your healthy years.
After culling through scientific studies and research from the Blue Zones — the five regions of the world where people live the longest (Okinawa in Japan, Sardinia in Italy, Icaria in Greece, Nicoya in Costa Rica and Loma Linda, California) — experts have uncovered some common lifestyle factors among people who maintain long, healthy lives.
One key component? A nutritious diet. Spoiler alert: potato chips and handfuls of cookies are out — nuts and leafy greens are in!
1. Leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables
People in the Blue Zones eat an impressive amount of veggies. Hey, we all know we should be eating a diet rich in vegetables but it’s important to chose the right ones to eat on a regular basis. While all colorful veggies are terrific — think leafy greens, carrots, eggplant and tomatoes — don’t forget about cruciferous veggies, like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage. An easy way to eat more veggies is to start lunch and dinner with a bountiful salad or to pack ’em into soups and stews, like in Joy’s Longevity Soup.