You already know a smart diet incorporates a variety of healthy foods. Even so, there are some foods that are nutritional powerhouses — and especially good additions to your diet. Superfoods can help lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease, and provide your body with vitamins and minerals. Consider these the best of the best: you’re getting the most nutritional bang for your buck. Remember that even a superfood can be unhealthy when smothered in cheese or butter, or loaded with sugar or salt. Choose fresh over processed and prepare simply. Below are just some of the best superfoods and suggestions on how to include them into your daily diet:
- Beans are packed with fiber and protein. Add them to soups, salads or stews.
- Try antioxidant-rich blueberries on cereal, oatmeal or stirred into yogurt, another superfood.
- The fiber in oats keeps you feeling full until lunch, which may aid in weight loss.
- The vitamin C and fiber in an orange makes it a smart selection.
- Fatty fish such as salmon are filled with omega-3 fatty acids that are good for your heart.
- Walnuts also contain the heart healthy omega 3s that may help lower cholesterol.
Remember, your overall diet is what will aid in disease prevention and weight management, so instead of focusing on just one individual food or super food, focus on incorporating a variety of these nutritious foods into your daily diet routine.
Shelly Edens is a registered dietitian with Memorial Hospital. Our nutrition department will provide weekly blogs to help you live a healthier lifestyle.
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