You’d be surprised by just how powerful the following multi-tasking superfoods are and best of all how great they taste, how young they can make you look and feel, and more importantly how few calories are in them. Best of all the superfoods you should be eating are easy to find in your local grocery or farmer’s market.
Berries, Berries and More Berries
All berries, especially blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries are rich in fiber which is essential for a healthy digestive system and also encourages weight loss. Raspberries provide the highest content of fiber at a robust 8 grams a cup, and also contain ellagic acid, a substance that has anti-cancer attributes. A cup of blueberries has 4 grams and is loaded with antioxidants called anthocyanins, that helps keep the memory sharp as we age. One cup of strawberries has 3 grams of fiber and over a full day’s suggested dose of vitamin C, a skin firming, overall health boosting supplement.
It just doesn’t get much better when it comes to a power packed superfood than Broccoli which is packed with vitamins A, C and K (enhances bone health) and folate. Broccoli also provides a wholesome serving of sulforaphane, which has been shown to combat cancer by stimulating the body’s detoxing enzymes.
Fiber Rich Beans
Beans are an excellent source of iron (about 13 mg in a 3/4 cup), Beans also provide a healthy dose of fiber with most of it being the soluble kind that is known to benefit blood cholesterol levels. Navy beans along provide 7 grams of fiber in only 1/2 a cup.
Heart Healthy Nuts
Heart Healthy nuts are an abundant source of unsaturated fats. Walnuts are one of the best nut choices because of their alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) levels which is an omega 3 fatty acid that has been known to improve moods and boost heart health. Walnuts high mono and polyunsaturated fat levels in most cases reduces “bad” LDL cholesterol levels and helps maintain healthy “good” HDL cholesterol levels.
The Perfect Protein Source; Eggs
Eggs are the perfect protein source can even give your breakfast more staying power as well, leaving you more satisfied throughout the day. Even if you are required to keep an eye on the amount of cholesterol you consume, an egg a day will more than likely accommodate into your dietary plans. Egg yolks contain zeaxanthin and lutein, both antioxidants that support eye health and have been linked to reducing the risk of age related eye issues like macular degeneration. In Addition lutein is said to project the skin from the aging ravages of UV damage.
Oranges are a fantastic source of vitamin C, with a single orange containing a full day’s supply and is high in folate and fiber. Vitamin C is essential for generating white blood cells and the antibodies necessary for fighting off infections. Vitamin C also protects cells from the free radical damage, and helps produce collagen, a skin firming component.
Sweet potatoes contain alpha and beta carotene which your body transforms into an active variety of vitamin A which helps keep your immune system, bones and eyes healthy. A single sweet potato (around a 1/2 cup) provides almost 4 times the daily recommended amount of vitamin A, B6, C, lutein, manganese, potassium and zeaxanthin, and it contained phytochemicals also work as antioxidants that fight cancer causing and aging free radicals