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So-called superfoods are those loaded with nutrients and that play many roles in outstanding health. Including these foods in your meal plan increases your daily vitamin and mineral intake, while also keeping your weight at a healthy number. They are easy to find and versatile to work with so you can create delicious, and healthy, meals any day of the week.
Kale is loaded with vitamin K, iron and fiber. That translates to healthy digestion, lower cholesterol levels and healthy blood. Use it in salads or smoothies.
These little berries contain one of the highest levels of antioxidants in the world. They are great plain, but also make a healthy addition to salads, oatmeal, cereal and baked goods.
Salmon is one of the best food sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for a healthy heart and brain. Prepare it grilled or baked with your favorite herbs and spices.
Avocados are a healthy source of healthy fats, which help lower your risk of heart disease. They are also a healthy source of vitamin E, which is beneficial for healthy skin and hair.
Greek yogurt is much higher in protein than the traditional version, which is great for your muscles. It also contains calcium for strong and healthy bones and probiotics for a healthy digestive system. Eat it topped with granola and fruit or blend it into a fruit smoothie. It can also replace sour cream in recipes.
This healthy food can be a stand in for recipes that call for rice. You can also heat it as a breakfast cereal or add it to salads and soups. It’s a great source of protein, iron, B vitamins and fiber, all of which support overall good health.
You can usually find fresh pomegranates in the winter, but the juice from the fruit is great too. Some supermarkets sell just the seeds in containers. Toss them into salads and smoothies for a refreshing flavor. You’ll also be getting antioxidants for cancer prevention, vitamin C for immunity and compounds that research say are beneficial for easing joint pain.
No list of superfoods would be complete without the addition of sweet potatoes. They are a prime source of potassium, which is important for regulating your blood pressure. They are also very high in vitamin A, which plays a role in a healthy immune system as well as protecting the health of your gums and teeth. Sweet potatoes are good roasted, baked, mashed or fried and served with chicken or fish.
Wheatgrass is great for your blood health because it contains chlorphyll, vitamin K and iron. In addition, it’s one of the only plants that can be called a complete protein. Wheatgrass juice is a health drink that many people opt for, but you can also use it in smoothies.
New research is proving that eggs are a healthy food choice because they are chock full of choline and antioxidants that protect your eyes. They also contain a good dose of protein and B vitamins as well. Eggs are very versatile and can be used in many ways, from omelets to carbonara sauce.