It is time to #PowerUp!!!
That’s right! We want to help you identify foods you should consume that will support your healthier lifestyle. While we want to get a balance of nutrition, there are certain foods that are just packed with an abundance of vitamins & nutrients. These vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants provide you with so many additional health benefits! They are also known to help reduce your risk for various chronic diseases, improve your energy, and help you lose weight!
Here are 10 super foods you should incorporate in your diet:
1. Salmon: Salmon is a super food that should be added to your diet. It is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to prevent heart disease and improve overall health. The American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish like salmon twice weekly. Salmon is low in calories but has lots of protein, is a good source of iron, and is very low in saturated fat.
2. Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. These orange vegetables are high in phyochemicals (which gives them their brilliant color), high in vitamin A, calcium, and potassium.
3. Pomegranate: These little gems are absolutely delicious!!! Pomegranate is high in antioxidants, low in calories, but rich in vital nutrients including fiber and vitamin C. Enjoy pomegranate seeds in a fresh salad or add pomegranate juice to your smoothies.
4. Beans & Lentils: We love beans! We eat beans every week because you just can’t match this powerhouse vegetable with anything else! Beans are definitely a good carb! It is good for your heart! Beans are loaded with insoluble & soluble fiber. They are also a good source of protein, carbohydrates, magnesium, and potassium.
5. Broccoli: Think FIBER! Broccoli is also rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K. It’s best knows for it’s cancer preventing properties.
6. Eggs: Who knew this little thing was so power packed! Eggs are high in protein and low in calories. They also contain 12 vitamins and minerals, including choline which is good for brain development and memory. Try having eggs for breakfast. You may be surprised by the boost to your energy!
7. Nuts: Nuts are high in heart healthy fats, fiber, protein, and antioxidants. Nuts can actually help you feel full longer. Staying in control is important here! You can purchase or create your own 100-calorie snack packs with unsalted almonds, walnuts, cashews, or pistashios.
8. Quinoa: This supper seed is high in protein! The protein in quinoa is a “complete protein” meaning it includes all 8 essential amino acids that we need for our muscles. It is also high in fiber, zinc, vitamin E, and selenium.
9. Blueberries: Blueberries are considered one of the best sources of antioxidants. They are low in sugar, sodium, and cholesterol. Blueberries are also high in fiber and water, keeping you feeling full longer.
10. Avocados: Say this with us–avocados are a healthy fat! They are full of monounsaturated fats and are a nutritious aid to weight loss. Avocados contain vitamins and minerals including, vitamins C, K, B5, B6, and E. It is a great source of potassium too!
As always, thank you for time, love & support. We hope what we have shared has helped you. Be sure to share this info with family & friends.
-Eric & Maleka Beal
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Eric and Maleka Beal are health coaches and co-founders of BetterChoices, a health & wellness company and social community focused on educating, advocating, and promoting better health and wellness through lifestyle, nutrition, and fitness education.