Real Simple, my fave magazine, asked the country’s top dietitians and nutritionists which superpower foods to incorporate into diets, and the results are here.
I’m excited to say that in the last four months, I’ve added many of them into my diet, including:
- Kidney beans: One of the most antioxidant-rich foods in a USDA study
- Spinach: Iron, folate and at least a dozen flavonoids, compounds that are loaded w/antioxidants
- Whole-grain pasta: Three times the amount of fiber as semolina pasta
- All-natural peanut butter: Heart-healthy monounsaturated fats abound in this protein-rich spread
- Oatmeal: One of my favorite new additions, holds cholesterol in check, helps fight against heart disease
- Quinoa: A complete plant-based protein, offers the same energy and satiety as you would get from meat, minus fat and cholesterol
- Lentils: A protein powerhouse flush with folate
- Kale: Loads of vitamin C, beta-carotene, calcium and antioxidants
- Blueberries: Packed with fiber, top antioxidant-rich pick from USDA
- Broccoli: A vitamin C gold mine and key source of vitamin K, which helps blood clot properly
- Black beans: Boast antioxidants and magnesium, which help maintain nerve and muscle function
- Sweet potatoes: Rich in antioxidant beta-carotene
Also from Real Simple, I tried the Sweet Potato Hash, minus the shallots and subbing Pam for the olive oil. DELISH side dish.
And finally, also from Real Simple, ten recipes for smoothies.