Thursday, September 12, 2013
5 Best "Superfoods" | Family Economics
By Alison Lewis
“Superfoods” are used to describe foods that contain high amounts of nutrients, fat burning compounds, vitamins and minerals. They are typically plant-based (but also fish and dairy) and nutritionally dense, making them great for your health and body. The high amounts of nutrient and antioxidants these foods carry can help to maintain a healthy weight, fight disease and prolong life expectancy. Below are five “superfoods” that are a must-have additions to any grocery shopping list!
1. Kale: Definitely one of my favorites on this list, kale is high in fiber, vitamins and trace minerals. This inexpensive food is one of the most nutritious foods you can consume, which is reason enough to add it to your diet! Kale makes a great salad, side dish and even appetizers.
2. Quinoa: Naturally gluten-free with a nutty flavor, quinoa is the perfect substitution for rice and pasta dishes. One serving of quinoa provides eight essential amino acids making it the leading protein dish for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian diets. Use it for a healthy breakfast, as a side dish or in a salad.
3. Cherries: Known as a “super-fruit,” cherries are packed with antioxidants called anthocyanins, which aid in the reduction of heart disease and cancer. Cherries are an excellent source of vitamin A and rich in vitamins C, E, potassium, magnesium, iron, foliate and fiber. They are referred to as “brain food,” aiding in the prevention of memory loss. Purchase them during the summer season while they are at their peak.
4. Greek yogurt: This increasingly popular dairy food is high in protein, low in carbohydrates, fat and sodium, making it an excellent breakfast or snack option. It also works well in many recipes for baked goods, sauces, spreads and toppings.
5. Nuts: A great source of healthy fat, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and protein, nuts are a great afternoon snack. They are great at reducing sugar cravings and keeping you feeling full throughout the day. Nuts are a great addition to salads, yogurt, oatmeal, sautéed vegetables or even toppings for baked goods such as homemade muffins.
How do you work these “superfoods” into your meals? I’d love to hear your ideas below!
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