Super Foods !!!
It’s true! These “super foods” are nutrient-dense and have many added health benefits. Try adding just a few to your daily diet!
Dark, leafy greens
Nature’s powerhouse! Popeye was right! Spinach, as well as other leafy greens like chicory, kale, swiss chard, even broccoli! are all high in fiber and densely packed with nutrients like calcium, iron, magnesium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and folate, as well as other cancer-fighting anti-oxidants.
Another one of nature’s powerhouse foods, legumes include dry beans, lentils, soy products, and lima beans. They are an excellent source of fiber and protein, but low in fat and total calories. They are also full of nutrients including iron, potassium, magnesium, and folate.
Deliciously sweet, berries are an excellent source of cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber, and have some of nature’s highest concentrations of Vitamin C and many other cancer-fighting anti-oxidants.
Salmon, in particular, is an excellent source of quality protein and a rich source of heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.
Almonds and walnuts are a good source of protein and have a favorable fat profile (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats) that can help reduce total cholesterol levels. They are also a good source of iron and, in the case of almonds, Vitamin E.
Including garlic, leeks and scallions – onions are a good source of fiber, but also contain many phytochemicals, cancer-fighting anti-oxidants that stimulate the immune system.
When choosing a cooking oil, salad dressing, or simply an accompaniment to bread; olive oil is low in saturated fats and high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, as well as some cancer-fighting anti-oxidants. Good alternatives for cooking include flaxseed oil or canola oil… both with favorable fat profiles, rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.