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December 5, 2013 • Posted by Ankita Satija
Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean tracking down obscure ingredients. Many “super foods”, or foods high in nutrients, are everyday ingredients whose nutritious value might surprise you. To aid you on your next trip to the supermarket, we compiled a list of popular and common foods with lasting benefits.
Super Food 1: Salmon.
Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids – these are important for brain development, especially in young children. There is also evidence that omega-3 fatty acids reduce the risk of some mental illnesses like dementia. Salmon is also full of protein and iron, both of which solidify the fish as one of the healthiest entrée components.
Asian-Style Steamed Salmon
Super Food 2: Berries.
Not only do berries carry a ton of vitamins, but they are also filled with antioxidants while satisfying sweet cravings at the same time. Bonus: they’re even low on calories. So, the next time you feel the urge to munch on Skittles, pick up a container of berries instead.
Very Berry Frozen Yogurt
Super Food 3: Beans.
Who knew? Beans are an excellent source of fiber and heart-healthy to boot. They are also incredibly versatile and can be found in many different forms: white, green, black, etc., guaranteeing a diverse meal every time. Beans lower cholesterol as well. Fun fact: edamame is packed with omega-3 fatty acids.
Not The Same Old Three-Bean Salad
Super Food 4: Tea.
We’ve got good news for you, caffeine junkies. Tea is loaded with antioxidants, making it a choice beverage for those who want to feel healthier all around. To further sweeten the deal? Green tea has been proven to have ECGC, a cholesterol-reducer that may also prevent against cancer. Grab a mug, now!