Thursday, January 21, 2010

7 Superfoods to eat in 2010

The Superfoods you’ll want to learn to love (if you already don’t) in 2010!

The word “superfood” has been all over media lately and it doesn’t mean food that is as fast as a speeding bullet or eats of steel. Nope, a superfood is a word that describes food that is so good for you, eating them consistently can lead to a long, healthy life. Researchers, doctors and nutritionists alike have all marveled at these foods and their positive effects on aging including the slowing or even reversing of diseases like heart disease, cancer, hypertension and Type II Diabetes.

Therefore, why wouldn’t you choose to eat these super, tasty foods? Make it a resolution for 2010 to get this list of ten superfoods in your diet today!

  1. Walnuts (Heart disease fighting super-nut)
    • Many people think that nuts are just too fatty and caloric to add to their diet, but just a small handful of walnuts 5 days a week can lower your cholesterol and risk of heart disease. The omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts also acts as an anti-inflammatory. So go nuts!
  2. Blueberries (Phytonutrient filled fruit)
    • Not only are they delicious, but these blue berries are filled with phytonutrients which provide the body with cancer-fighting antioxidants that may also slow and even reverse dementia and Alzheimer’s. Berry, berry good!
  3. Oats (Cholesterol lowering breakfast of champions!)
    • Whip yourself up a wholesome bowl of oatmeal in the morning and you will be taking in protein, fiber as well as other vitamins and minerals. The fiber in oats helps to lower your cholesterol by up to 23% when a bowl of oatmeal is consumed every day. On a side note, the protein and fiber in a bowl of oatmeal keeps your fuller, longer so it’s a great weight loss food too!
  4. Broccoli (Cancer Battling Cruciferous)
    • Your parents told you that broccoli was good for you and they were so right. Broccoli boosts the immune system and research has shown to reduce tumor size as well as prevent tumor growth ( Another great thing about this veggie is that it is very low calorie (30 calories in one cup) with a high nutritious kick.
  5. Turkey (Heart-Healthy Bird)
    • Turkey is not just for Thanksgiving anymore. This birdie is one of the leanest sources of protein and is high in heart healthy nutrients such as selenium, zinc, vitamins B6 and B12 and niacin. Gobble up this super-bird!
  6. Soy (The superfood in a pod)
    • For some, soy is not something that is a regular part of a meal. It should be. Soy is the richest dietary source of phytoestrogens which play a role in the prevention of heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis, plus (and you can thank me later, ladies) soy helps relieve menstrual and menopausal symptoms. So grab some edamame, tofu, soy nuts and soymilk and start fighting disease!
  7. Spinach (Popeye’s favorite disease fighter)
    • Spinach is a superfood because it has 13 different flavonoid antioxidants that act as cancer-fighting agents. Plus, it has plenty of vitamin K to help stave off osteoporosis and vitamins C and A to protect the heart. So eat this leafy green like Popeye and strengthen your body from the inside!
  8. Salmon (Heart and skin lovin’ swimmer)
    • Salmon, especially wild salmon, is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids (polyunsaturated “good” fats) protect against heart disease, promote healthy skin and joints and are essential for life. So bake up some of this body-friendly fish!

Other superfoods to keep in your kitchen:

  • Apples
  • Avocado
  • Cinnamon
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Oranges
  • Pomegranates
  • Tea
Click here for a super easy, super meal that combines a ton of superfoods into one tasty dinner!

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