1. Sick of salmon? Try an arugula salad with pistachios.
Salmon has what is commonly known as “good fats”. According to Nancy Farrell, a registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, omega-3 and monounsaturated fats are the best good fats for men, as they help with problems like cancer, heart disease, and prostate health.
You can also get those fats in health food favorites like mackerel, tuna, walnuts, flax seeds, and chia seeds. But arugula, surprisingly, has a good amount of omega-3 fat, while pistachios are a crunchy way to get those monounsaturated fats.
Pistachios, Farrell says, can help reduce the risk of heart disease and are cholesterol-free. Plus, 1oz of pistachios has the potassium of half a banana. That potassium helps with electrolyte balance, muscle contraction, and heart function—all critical for the gym-going dude.
The problem with totally eliminating fish, Farrell says, is that fish is also a great source of selenium. “It’s a mineral that’s important for men in terms of their prostate health and fighting colon cancer,” Farrell explains. But fish isn’t the only source—Brazil nuts and sunflower seeds also boast hefty levels of selenium.
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