Superfoods: we’ve all heard the term, but what does it really mean? The following foods, among others, are packed with phytonutrients that can help promote your health, elevate your mood and even control your weight.
Nuts – Nuts are rich in vitamin E, folic acid, fiber, plant protein and many minerals, all of which can help you dramatically reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Sweet Potatoes – Just three and half ounces of sweet potato delivers 12 milligrams of beta-carotene vitamin A, essential for the growth and development of several major systems in the body.
Baby Soy Beans – Better known as edamame, these baby soy beans are high in protein, fiber, vitamins and isoflavones (only found in soy). A small serving contain as much fiber as 4 slices of bread or 4 cups of zucchini!
Carrots – Full of beta-carotene, which is excellent for your eyes, carrots also help keep your arteries clear and may prevent tumors from growing!
Beans – Beans are high in complex carbohydrates and dietary fiber and are extremely beneficial in an anti-diabetes diet because they rank low on the glycemic scale.
Dark Chocolate – Don’t go overboard, but in reasonable amounts, dark chocolate seems to contribute to lowering blood pressure, increasing blood flow and, ultimately, contributing to a healthy heart.
Tuna – Tuna is rich in vitamin D and high in protein. Plus, the omega-3 fatty acids found in this “fatty” fish help lower bad cholesterol levels and minimize menstrual cramps.
Strawberries – These juicy fruits contain significant levels of vitamin C and other antioxidants.
Kale – Similar to any leafy green such as spinach, turnip greens and collards, kale is high in folic acid and beta-carotene.
Green & Black Tea – With about 8-10 times the polyphenols found in fruits and vegetables, green and black teas are high antioxidants, modifying the body’s metabolism to help it detox harmful chemicals.
Why settle for foods when you can have superfoods?! Start working these delicious items into your diet today – your body will thank you!