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9 Amazing Foods You Should Never Skip

9 Amazing Foods You Should Never Skip

Not all superfoods are exotic and clothed in fancy packaging. Most superfoods are found where we’ve always found them, in the produce aisle at the supermarket. Below are some of the simplest “super foods” that you can eat more of without having to hurt your wallet.

Berries

Of course right? We couldn’t make a list like this without including berries! Berries all of the kinds (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries) are all incredibly rich in phytochemicals and should be included in the best diet plan. Anthocyanins, the pigment that gives berries their colors are incredibly potent against free radicals. Aside from that, they are a great source of fiber and vitamin C and are a perfect low-sugar snack that can be swapped for candy and other sweets.

In a study recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 72 middle-aged people who ate a cup of berries every day for eight weeks increased their blood levels of HDL or good cholesterol as well as lower their blood pressure.

Sweet Potato

Just because it’s a big ball of carbohydrates doesn’t mean you should run from it. Sweet potatoes are one of the best foods out there especially if you’re craving something starchy but don’t want to indulge over in potatoes, bread, and other starchy food. Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A providing anywhere from 35%-90% of your daily requirement for the vitamin. Sweet potatoes come in a lot of colors (orange, yellow, white and purple) and the purple ones can be especially high in antioxidants.

Purple sweet potatoes contain primarily cyanidin and may be able to protect our digestive tracts from heavy metals and free radicals.

Quinoa

Considered a perfect food, quinoa is one of the world’s oldest grains and is safe for gluten-free and paleo diets. Although not technically a grain, it’s a pseudo-cereal; quinoa has become a popular carbohydrate source even for the modern human because of how nutrition dense it is. It contains iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and fiber. Get this; this plant also has a complete set of essential amino acids making quinoa a complete protein source.

Compared to other grains or cereals this food also has a higher protein to carbohydrate ratio. Quinoa is a great rice substitute.

Avocado

Avocados are fast gaining popularity in the fitness industry as a great source of dietary fat. Perfect for those who are trying to cut down on their daily intake, avocados are an amazing substitute for butter in any recipe and can even be a great base for guilt-free ice cream. Unlike other kinds of fats, the monosaturated fat in avocados is quite easy to break down for use as energy, providing an easily accessible energy source when you work out.

This simple, unassuming fruit contains close to 20 different nutrients that include potassium, vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid.

Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon

If you have access to salmon or better yet, wild caught Alaskan salmon, you should eat more of it. Research suggests that eating oily fish twice a week can help add a couple of years to your life. What’s more, it also reduces your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. This fish is an excellent source of vitamin B12, vitamin D, and selenium. It is also a good source of niacin, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, phosphorous and vitamin B6.

The oil in the fish, as well as the niacin in it, can help your skin become resistant to facial wrinkles.

Nuts

Nuts are getting a really bad rap from all the overly salty nut snacks people are consuming, but you really should include more nuts in your diet. A large-scale study spanning 30 years has found that people who regularly ate an ounce of nuts (approximately an 8th of a cup) at least seven times per week were 20% less likely to die from any reason. What’s more, it correlated with a 29% reduction in mortality risk due to heart disease, 24% reduction in mortality risk for respiratory disease and an 11% reduction in mortality risk due to cancer.

If that doesn’t convince you to eat nuts regularly, I don’t know what will.

Dark Chocolate

Chocolate lovers rejoice! It turns out; chocolate isn’t so bad in fact; it’s really good for you. Like nuts, chocolate has gotten a bad rap because of the sugary junk food versions of it. Real dark chocolate though has been used as medicine by the Aztecs and other tribes from South America.

Once processed by your gut bacteria, the components of chocolate have anti-inflammatory properties. The sweet treat is also a potent anti-oxidant.

Broccoli

Ah yes, broccoli. You either love it, or you hate it. This is food that is worth learning to love though as it is some of the MOST nutrient dense low-calorie foods out there. It is an excellent source of dietary fiber, pantothenic acid, B-vitamins, vitamin E, manganese, phosphorous, choline, carotenoids, potassium, and copper.

Aside from that, it is a good source of magnesium, omega-2 fatty acids (who knew?), protein, zinc, selenium, niacin and even calcium!

Spinach

Kale is all the rage lately but spinach, a humble green, might even be more nutritious than kale. This leafy green is rich in vitamin C and phytonutrients. Like all leafy greens, spinach has a protective effect against prostate cancer. Despite having very low calories, spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, carotenoids and a good source of manganese, folate, magnesium, iron and copper. The vitamin K in spinach helps maintain bone health by making it easier for you to absorb calcium through the gut. Phytochemicals in spinach have also been found to protect your digestive tract lining from inflammation.

Must watch this video: 15 Foods That Will Make Your Body Naturally Detoxed

Katleen Brown

Author Bio:

Katleen Brown is a health, beauty and fitness writer. She loves to publish her articles on various health related websites. In her spare time, likes to do research to bring awareness. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and outlook, she helps empower women to tune into their innate & inner wisdom to transform their health and truly flourish. Get in touch with her on Google+, Pinterest and Twitter.

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