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Monday, October 7, 2013

10 Super Foods .....For Better Health

1.  Sweet Potatoes

      A nutritional All-Star - one of the best vegetables you can eat.  They're loaded with carotenoids and are a decent source of vitamin C, potassium and 

      fiber.   Cook and mash in one of your favorite spices ex: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, cumin, coriander, paprika or chili.

2.  Mangoes

     About a cup of mango supplies 100% of a day's vitamin C, 1/3 of a day's vitamin A and a dose of blood pressure lowering potassium and 3 grams of fiber.

3.  Unsweetened Greek Yogurt

     Non-fat plain Greek yogurt has a pleasant tartness that's a perfect foil for the natural sweetness of berries, bananas or your favorite breakfast cereal.  It's 

     stained, so even the fat-free versions are thick and creamy.  

4.  Broccoli

     Has a lot of vitamin C, carotenoids, vitamin K  and folic acid.  Add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and a squirt of lemon juice.

5.  Wild Salmon

     The omega-3 may help reduce the risk of heart attacks.  

6.  Crispbreads

     Whole grain rye crackers, like Wasa, Rykrisp, Kavli ad Ryvita usually called crispbreads are loaded with fiber and often fat-free. 

 7.  Garbanzo Beans

     All beans are good beans.  They're rich in protein, fiber, magnesium, potassium and zinc.  But garbanzos are better because they are versatile.  Just drain, 

     rinse and toss in a green salad, a vegetable stew, brown rice etc..

8.  Watermelon

     2 cups of watermelon has 1/3 of a day's vitamins A and C, potassium and a healthy dose of lycopene. 

9.  Butternut Squash

     Provides vitamin A, C and fiber. Add it to a stir-fry or soup.

10.  Leafy Greens

     Kale, Collards, Spinach, Turnips, Mustard Greens and Swiss Ca=hard.  Jam packed with vitamin A, C, K, Folate, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, 

     lutein and fiber.

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Around the Web: "Yahoo! Health - The Best Foods to Fuel Exercise"
Check out this article posted on Yahoo! earlier this month:

"As a health-savvy consumer, you try to toss nutrient-packed foods into your grocery cart. But when you're deciding between similar-seeming nutritious items (say, turkey or chicken?), you may not know the superior choice. "Food is your fuel," says Mitzi Dulan, R.D., co-author of The All-Pro Diet. "Selecting the most nutritious options will improve your diet and give you a competitive edge." While you can't go wrong eating both quinoa and brown rice, choosing the nutritional champ may give your workout the boost it needs. In a healthy-food smackdown, here are our winning picks."

--Exerpted from Yahoo! Health.
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