health·​ful | \ ˈhelth-fəl How to pronounce healthful (audio) also ˈheltth- \

Definition of healthful

1 : beneficial to health of body or mind
2 : healthy he felt incapable of looking into the girl's pretty, healthful face— Saul Bellow

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Other Words from healthful

healthfully adverb
healthfulness noun

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healthful, wholesome, salubrious, salutary mean favorable to the health of mind or body. healthful implies a positive contribution to a healthy condition. a healthful diet wholesome applies to what benefits, builds up, or sustains physically, mentally, or spiritually. wholesome foods the movie is wholesome family entertainment salubrious applies chiefly to the helpful effects of climate or air. cool and salubrious weather salutary describes something corrective or beneficially effective, even though it may in itself be unpleasant. a salutary warning that resulted in increased production

Examples of healthful in a Sentence

The meal was both healthful and satisfying. one of the most healthful forms of exercise is a brisk walk
Recent Examples on the Web Especially with this awful pandemic likely to persist for a considerable while, swinging the clubs in the great outdoors, no matter how inexpertly, provides a healthful alternative to gluing oneself, for instance, to the TV. Alfred L. Malabre Jr., WSJ, "The Joys (and Frustrations) of Playing Golf in Retirement," 10 Apr. 2021 Just like a fried egg atop just about anything transforms it into a craveable meal (the trend has a popular Instagram hashtag to prove it), a heap of salad piled onto just about anything refreshes it instantly with a modern, healthful sensibility. Washington Post, "Crown a bowl of beans with jewel-toned salad for a fresh, flavorful meal," 25 Feb. 2021 The peanut sauce that tops this healthful bowl brings it all together and really revs up the flavor. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Chicken Satay Bowls are a one-stop Asian dish loaded with vitamins and minerals," 27 Mar. 2021 Still, dangling carrots endure, and people have made billions selling treatments promoted as healthful and youth-restoring. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, "This old Arizona mine yielded a fortune in beauty products. Here's how to hike to it," 24 Mar. 2021 Despite the fact they’re often served with a boatload of melted butter, artichokes are generally a healthful, whole food. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "A guide to get easily to the heart of an artichoke," 22 Mar. 2021 Either way, may the meal help light your way into a healthful, peaceful and hopeful 2021. Washington Post, "If you want to see 2020 go up in flames, start with these 3 recipes," 28 Dec. 2020 Make sure your dinner is satisfying and snack on healthful options during the day to avoid the temptation to binge at night and then try to stick to your daily cut-off time (for example, no eating after 8 p.m.). Judy Koutsky, Forbes, "7 Eating Habits Experts Recommend When You’re On Vacation," 17 Mar. 2021 Today’s ultimate comfort food dessert was inspired by a lovely lady who recently asked me whether I'd ever written about ways to make bread pudding more healthful. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "1% milk saves comforting bread pudding from excess fat and calories," 7 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of healthful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Apr 2021

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“Healthful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of healthful

: good for your health


health·​ful | \ ˈhelth-fəl How to pronounce healthful (audio) \

Kids Definition of healthful

: good for the health a healthful diet


health·​ful | \ ˈhelth-fəl How to pronounce healthful (audio) \

Medical Definition of healthful

: beneficial to health of body or mind

Other Words from healthful

healthfully \ -​fə-​lē How to pronounce healthful (audio) \ adverb
healthfulness noun

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