Tasty foods can empower your health.
If you can significantly improve your health, lose weight, think clearer and have more energy by simply eating a tasty variety of nutrient-dense foods, why would you even think twice about doing it? If it’s because you aren’t sure what foods are the most super-charged with health-promoting nutrition, put the following 10 super foods on your shopping list.
Oatmeal is your key to heart health, weight control, reduced risk of cancer, loads of energy to get you through your morning and delicious versatility as a kitchen staple
Berries (and other fruit)
Adding more fruit to your day will increase your antioxidant and fibre intake as well as naturally meet your sweet tooth needs with no sugar added. Berries are particularly chockfull of antioxidants, other health-boosting phytonutrients and fibre. Keeping a bounty of frozen or fresh berries in your kitchen gives you easy access to a low-calorie super food that decreases the risk of cancer and heart disease.
Rich, creamy and packed with probiotics and more protein than regular yogurt, Greek yogurt is a diet-friendly must-eat. Protein helps keep hunger at bay and promotes post-exercise muscle recovery. Probiotics are essential for digestive health and the calcium-rich dairy boosts bone strength. Research suggests three servings of dairy can aid in weight loss, too.
Extra virgin olive oil
A luscious source of monounsaturated fats and vitamin E, olive oil is not only heart healthy, it can also reduce your risk of cancer and even help you lose weight.
Broccoli (and other hearty veggies)
Though increasing your intake of any vegetable will bolster your diet with disease-fighting nutrition, some veggies have more power than others. Broccoli and its kin, the cruciferous veggies such as cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, are chockfull of cancer-fighting phytochemicals along with other heart-healthy vitamins and minerals. Broccoli and the tasty array of hearty vegetables are also low in calories and easy to incorporate into your diet. 6
Almond butter is your tasty ticket to protein, healthy fats and a power food that tastes indulgent despite its whopping health benefits. This creamy — or chunky — spread is fuel for your muscles, reduces your risk of heart disease and balances your blood sugar so you stay full longer and are less likely to binge eat.
Available in red, black or ivory, quinoa is a gluten-free super grain deliciously laden with protein, fibre and other health-boosting phytonutrients.
Succulent, buttery-tasting salmon may taste indulgent, but this yummy fish is rich in protein and swimming with heart healthy omega-3s. Omega-3 intake is also associated with reduced inflammation in the body, less joint pain, relief from depression, brain health, a reduced risk of cancer and healthy weight management.
A hearty source of fibre, protein and iron, lentils are a super food that combats heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Adding lentils to your daily diet can help stabilize your blood sugar so you feel full longer and eat less.
No super food list would be complete without dark chocolate. Knowing you can have a decadent sweet treat every day while also improving your health makes any diet doable. Because it’s loaded with antioxidants, dark chocolate can deliciously boost your heart health and fight off free radical damage, which is associated with other chronic diseases, such as cancer and premature aging.