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Jan 19, 2015

5 Super Foods You Should Know About

An unhealthy diet can cause you to feel tired, weak or under the weather. And while it’s difficult to change your eating habits overnight, these five super foods can help put you on the right track. Just remember, even the healthiest foods should be consumed in moderation.  A well-balanced diet is still the best approach. Use the foods on this list to add healthful punch. 

Super food #1: Kale
If you pay attention to food trends, you’ve probably heard about the benefits of kale a time or two. That’s because it’s every bit as beneficial to your health as all the attention suggests. Kale is not only a fantastic source of calcium, fiber and iron; it also provides more antioxidants than most other fruits and veggies.

To incorporate it into your diet, try mixing it into your next salad. You can also coat it lightly in olive oil (olive oil cooking spray works great), sprinkle some salt or another of your favorite seasonings over the top, and set it in the oven until it becomes crispy for a tasty, healthy snack.

Super food #2: Blueberries
Blueberries are packed full of nutrition, containing large amounts of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and the mineral manganese. They’re even recognized to help boost your immune system, prevent signs of aging, improve digestion and even prevent certain kinds of cancer.

Super food #3: Chia seeds
Unknown to much of the world for quite some time, chia seeds have been used in Mexico and parts of South America for hundreds of years – dating all the way back to the ancient Aztec and Mayan cultures. Today, these tiny seeds are recognized for their energy-boosting benefits and ability to help control hunger. One ounce of seeds contains just 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat, 12 grams of carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber, plus healthy omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and calcium.

Try blending them into your next fruit smoothie or turn them into a healthy dessert pudding by combining a few tablespoons of seeds with a half cup of almond milk and a drop or two of vanilla extract. Leave the mixture in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, mix with a spoon and enjoy!

Super food #4: Almonds
As the most nutritionally dense nut out there, almonds deserve a spot on our list. Per one ounce serving, they offer 3.4 grams of fiber, plus healthy doses of vitamin E, calcium, iron and magnesium. You can eat them plain, lightly salted, add them to oatmeal, or drizzle them with honey and roast them in the oven. Whichever way you choose, they’re all delicious.

Super food #5: Green tea
Okay, so it’s really more of a drink, but green tea offers a lot of health benefits. For one, it contains flavonoids and catechins, types of antioxidants that fight and may even prevent cell damage. Green tea can also help improve blood flow and lower cholesterol. Some studies have even touted the tea’s ability to increase your metabolic rate.

If you’re looking for a new, healthy beverage, green tea is a great option. Many people drink it plain, while others add a small amount of honey or sugar to sweeten it up.