Superfoods for a New and Improved You!

You know eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is great for your health, but do you know exactly why? Not only are they full of vitamins and minerals, but there are so many hidden properties in these yummy superfoods that keep you strong and feeling great! Just like you want to put quality gas and oil in your truck to help it run better and last longer, you want to add nutrient-rich foods to help your body do the exact same! Cheap gas and off-brand oil don’t do much for your ride and it doesn’t do much for you either! In 2018, let’s fuel up with right foods! Below are a few to include in your diet.

1. Pomegranates

These little red seeds contain antibacterial properties that can reduce the effect of dental plaque and help prevent other diseases in your mouth, fight off infection and illness. A recent study found that drinking 8 ounces of pomegranate juice per day, may improve memory and learning. Try eating pomegranates in a salad for a satisfying crunch and pop of sweetness or snacking on them with nuts.  If you choose juice, be sure it 100% juice with no added sugar.

2. Oats

High in beta-gluten soluble fiber, this grain is a win for your heart and belt notch. Soluble fiber helps to carry cholesterol out of your body. If too much cholesterol is in your blood, it could potentially clog your arteries leading to a heart attack or stroke. This type of fiber can also help lower your blood sugar levels, and prevent or improve your risk for diabetes. Fiber gives you a sense of fullness, which could potentially lead to eating less and thus, weight loss. Try oats with fruit and eggs for breakfast, make energy ball bites with oats, peanut butter, whey protein, and honey, or blend oats to replace all-purpose flour in recipes!

3. Beets

Beets have a high folate content, which can help prevent skin, lung and colon cancer! Beets contain betaines, which can help you maintain a healthy liver. Have you ever heard of beets and sweets? Cut up sweet potatoes and beets, to make a delicious combination! Beets are a great cold salad choice you and store in your fridge for a flavor and nutrient burst to a meal or snack.

4. Blueberries

 These little guys are some of the best superfoods you can eat. They contain phytonutrients that can help prevent cataracts, arthritis, heart disease, cancer, and so much more. Blueberries contain powerful antioxidants that help protect your cells and skin against damaging free radicals that may harm the collagen that keeps skin looking youthful. Try eating your blueberries as a topping on whole grain pancakes and waffles, Greek yogurt or oats!

5. Cauliflower

Studies have shown that cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli have chemo-preventive agents that are great for the early phases of cancer because they can halt tumor cells from reproducing. Antioxidants found in cauliflower can help limit oxidative stress and reduce inflammation. Inflammation can lead to heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and more, so it is essential to eat anti-inflammatory foods as often as you can! Cut up a head of cauliflower and dip into hummus for a healthy afternoon snack! 

Want to be a superman or woman? Fuel up with these superfoods! Be safe out there!

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