Want to eat cleaner? Adding these healthy foods to your meals can help.

Don’t worry if you’ve fallen off the wagon a little, what matters is the changes you make from now on. Be inventive with your meals with one or all of these five healthy foods:


1. Mango

Mango | Healthy foods

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First of all, you decided to cut out chocolates and sweets? Great – Mango is the perfect replacement. It’s extremely sweet and can be eaten on its own, added to a salad or made into a smoothie. We think it’ll probably be your new favourite sweet snack.


2. Green Banana (cooking Banana)

Green Banana | Healthy food

Photo: New Health Adviser

Not to be mistaken for an unripe banana – although some people might disagree. While it tastes nothing like the fruit, these cooking bananas are best eaten when boiled or fried. If you need more fibre in your diet, Green Banana’s the right way to go.


3. Plantain

Plantain | Healthy Food

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We know you already know this, but just in case you don’t: this is not a banana! But it belongs to that family. It’s sweet but it’s mainly used in savoury dishes (it’s the perfect side with Ackee & Saltfish). Take note: Plantains can be a great source of potassium and fibre.


4. Cassava

Cassava | Healthy Foods


Cassava belongs to the root vegetable family. Because of this, you can use it in similar ways to potato: mashed, chips or boiled. It has a sweet and nutty flavour when boiled. As a result of it’s skin, it can be tricky to peel so you might want to buy it prepared and frozen. Most of all, it’s gluten-free!


5. Papaya

Papaya | Healthy Foods


Be bold and increase your fruit intake with Papaya. Enjoy it on its own, peeled and seeded or add it to a salad if you want to tone down the sweetness. Since you’re being adventurous, why not make a Papaya smoothie?


Feeling inspired? Let us know if you’d like us to use any of the ingredients in our recipes.