The common conception of a balanced diet is one that contains all the major food groups (carbohydrates (yes carbs!), fats, sugars, and protein). And it should include lots of fresh vegetables and fruits and whole grains. This is not a bad premise to work to when making your food choices, but a balanced diet should be delivering your body the essential nutrients it needs. You might think you have a healthy, balanced diet but if you aren’t eating sources that give these 15 nutrients you should consider making changes and adding new foods to your menu.
1. Vitamin D
Vitamin D can be a tough one to get in to our diets, but of course the greatest source is sunlight. This can be hard if you want to stay out of the sun or live in a cooler climate. Vitamin is essential because it increases your absorption of other vital nutrients, magnesium and calcium. Great sources of vitamin D include salmon, mackerel, liver, cheese and egg yolks.