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Superfoods For The Healthy Belle


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.

Blueberries

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.

Oranges

 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.

Sweet Potatoes

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.

 Cinnamon

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.

Avocado

Avocados are full of healthy fats. The superfood improves blood flow, which helps promote brain activity. Just don’t go crazy because they are high in calories.

Kale

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.

Tea

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.

 Cacao

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.

Wild Salmon

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!

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This entry was posted on October 9, 2011 by in Healthy Belle and tagged , , , , , .
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