superfoods

Who doesn’t want to eat delicious food that slims and trims your body while boosting your health?

Here are 9 of my favorites:

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1.    Blueberries
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids (compounds that protect our body from stress). What’s cool is that phytoflavinoids have been shown through several studies to have pharma cologic gastro-protective properties, and have been reported to act as antisecretory, anti-diarrheal, antiulcer, and antioxidant agents. Wowza!

And, because they are anti-inflammatory, they are also great at protecting your body against many chronic diseases!

2.    Potatoes
A recent study found that potatoes lower blood pressure in people with hypertension and obesity without increasing weight! That’s great news for all of us potato lovers!  And, just one medium potato contains as much dietary fiber as five and a half bananas and even more vitamin C than three avocados.

Finally, new research also shows that potatoes contain more of the mineral selenium than the average child gets from their daily consumption of seeds and nuts. Selenium is an essential mineral that works as an antioxidant, especially when combined with vitamin E, and helps to fight damaging particles in the body known as free radicals. You know, the destructive fellas that make your body susceptible to disease and premature aging.

3.    Broccoli
Did you know that per serving, broccoli has over 50% of the recommended daily intake for vitamin C and potassium, which helps maintain a healthy nervous system and optimal brain function? It also promotes regular muscle growth and repair.

In addition, broccoli contains phytonutrients that help the body eliminate more toxic compounds and free radicals to help you boost weight loss.  If that wasn’t enough, just one cup of broccoli  bolsters the immune system with an extremely large dose of beta carotene.

4.   Apples
Just one of these babies a day keeps the doctor away but did you know that it also helps to keep you looking great?  The secret to the super food antioxidant capacity that apples have is in their skin. That’s right! The skin alone provides 2-6x the antioxidant power of the rest of the apple.

What’s more, just one large apple has 5.7 grams of fiber which is great for cleansing and making sure your digestive system is functioning properly to help you maximize weight loss.  Researchers discovered that eating a single apple before meals reduces appetite so you consume fewer calories! Do apples rock or what?

5.    Vanilla
Other than the intoxicating smell of vanilla, studies have shown that vanilla extract helps calm and settle nausea and upset stomachs.  It also has a soothing effect on people who are dealing with stress and anxiety. I love putting a tiny bit on my wrists and smelling it throughout the day to help keep me calm and focused. Try it!

6.    Pineapples
These tropical fellas are one of my favorite foods for many reasons other than just their mouth-watering taste!  Pineapples are rich in vitamin C, they can help fight off viruses and colds plus they are full of bromelain which helps break down proteins, reduce swelling and inflammation, lower arthritis and sinus pain, balance out the acidity of your stomach contents, boost your overall immune strength and reduce indigestion and heartburn! Whew!

Make sure you toss one of these babies in your shopping cart today!

7.    Tomatoes
One of my all time favorite fruits, tomatoes contain high levels of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that supports the immune system and helps maintain healthy skin and tissue lining.  In addition, just one tomato  provides 50% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin C which helps boost immunity and energy!

Finally, tomatoes are also a rich source of lycopene, an antioxidant which helps neutralize 13 different free radicals which can cause cell damage and trigger cancer if left alone. Who is feeling a yummy pasta sauce or steamy cup of tomato soup for dinner?

8.    Spinach
Popeye was one smart dude for noshing on spinach.  Just one cup has about 20% of the recommended daily dose of fiber which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar and curbs overeating to help boost weight loss.

In addition, one cup of spinach also has over 56% of the recommended daily dosage of vitamin A which helps protect and strengthen your mucous membranes, respiratory health, urinary and intestinal tract and is also a key component in lymphocytes (white blood cells) that fight infection.

9.    Walnuts
I love lightly roasting walnuts and tossing them into my nightly salad because they’re so delish!  But did you know that they have the highest antioxidant activity of all nuts? That’s right. These little guys are great for protecting against chronic diseases.

If that wasn’t enough (chronic diseases are a big deal y’all!), walnuts contain healthy fats which help to bust that frustrating belly fat!

 

Let’s make magic happen!

Tell me in the comments below which superfoods YOU are going to enjoy this week!

 

So much love,

Cynthia