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9 things you should be eating

No matter how much exercise you get, at the end of the day, you are what you eat. If you hit the gym five days a week but only eat carbs such as processed foods, breads and grains, you’re never really going to get into the shape you want – and you’re spinning your wheels with all that time in the gym.

Being committed to exercise is too much work to not see results. Plus, eating these foods will make you smarter, less likely to get cancer, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. So, do me a favor – eat these foods that I’m willing to bet you’re not getting enough of:

1. Salmon:

Tons of high-quality protein, tons of vitamins D, B3 and B12 and tons of omega-3 fatty acids, which are absurdly good for your body and your brain. Try to eat salmon at least once a week.

2. Tomatoes:

They contain the anti-oxidant lycopene, which reduces your risk of cancer and is good for your heart. Try to get 22 mg of lycopene a day – that’s about eight red cherry tomatoes.

3. Berries:

Blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are all very high in antioxidants, vitamins A and C, and are good for your heart. Oh, and they’re delicious.

4. Nuts:

A great snack! Almonds and walnuts are high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as B vitamins and fiber. Be sure to chew them up well so they don’t give you any digestive issues.

5. Dark-green leafy vegetables:

That’s right – eat your spinach! Spinach, kale and collard greens are powerhouses of vitamins and minerals. Vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower are also great choices. These veggies can fill you up without packing on a lot of calories.

6. Beans:

Beans, beans, the magical fruit! The more you eat … the better off you are. Actually, we’re not talking baked beans, but we are talking about just about everything else in the bean family - black, pinto, kidney, white, etc. Beans are a great source of both protein (which most people do not get enough of) and fiber. Fiber, uh … keeps things moving along, and in the process lowers cholesterol.

7. Tea:

Look – it’s just better for you than coffee. Both black and green teas are potent sources of antioxidants, and are also rich in flavonoids, which some believe may prevent cancer and reduce inflammation.

8. Eggs:

As long as you don't already have cholesterol issues, go ahead and eat the whole egg - the yolk is filled with the majority of the nutrients and proteins available in the egg. Eggs have a great protein-to-fat-to-calorie ratio that makes them ideal for both weight-loss and muscle gain.

9. High quality protein:

I’m stressing protein here. Most people don’t get enough, so stock up on proteins like lean ground turkey, egg whites, or fish. Try to make protein a part of most of your meals.

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