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Do you want to enhance your diet with some of the most nutritious foods? Well, listen up Belles, because the following list will provide you the best superfoods to include in your diet. From berries to potatoes to leafy greens, I’m sure there is something on the list that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters! Superfoods provide many disease-fighting nutrients and antioxidants, fill you up so you can enjoy food and not worry about excess calories, and are easy to incorporate into your everyday meals.
Who doesn’t love blueberries? In addition to their delicious, sweet yet tangy taste, blueberries pack an amazing nutritional punch. At only 80 calories per cup, you can munch to your heart’s content and not worry about ruining your day’s worth of calories. Blueberries contain fiber, which helps keep you full. According to blueberrycouncil.org, blueberries contain the most antioxidants out of all of the other berries.
These juicy, citrus fruits are a great source of vitamin C. Vitamin C boosts the immune system by producing more white blood cells and antibodies which help fight infections. They also help produce collagen, which keeps skin looking younger and firmer.
This is one of the best foods for you to incorporate into your diet. It is a staple food in the diet of the Okinawans from Japan. The Okinawans are known to have some of the longest life spans of any culture in the world. They credit their long life to their daily consumption of the sweet potato. Sweet potatoes contain vitamin A and K and loads of beta carotene, which helps promote healthy eyes.
This fragrant spice is known to lower cholesterol and help control blood sugar. This is beneficial because you need to keep your blood sugar levels constant throughout the day. Sprinkle some on your breakfast oatmeal or a piece of toast with peanut butter and a banana.
Kale is a delicious, dark leafy green that is probably the most nutritious choice you can make in this category. It contains numerous nutrients that lower cholesterol and at least five grams of fiber per serving. Kale decreases the risk of developing heart disease and cancer. The nutritional benefits are enhanced when you cook kale. Try sautéing it with a little olive oil and lemon juice.
Drinking tea regularly, whether it’s black or green, reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and even some cancer. Tea is packed with antioxidants called flavonoids. Try drinking a hot cup of tea every night to unwind.
Yes, chocolate did make the list! But don’t go reaching for that milk chocolate Hersey’s bar. The best chocolate to eat is the dark kind….and the darker the better! Anything above 70 percent cacao is what you should be looking for. Unprocessed or minimally processed cacao is great for brain health.
Another food to feed your brain, wild salmon (as opposed to farm raised salmon, which you should steer clear of), is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids, which helps increase brain matter, improve mood, and grow stronger nails and hair. It also helps lower your risk for Alzheimer’s and so much more.
Eat at least one of these foods a day, and watch your health soar!