9 Everyday Superfoods

We love that “superfoods” are multi-taskers—foods brimming with various disease-fighting nutrients, usually without providing too many calories, and delivered in a delicious form. What we dislike about some foods deemed “super” is that they are exotic or something—like, say, sardines—that you’d only have once in a while. Healthy? Yes. Would you eat them every day? Probably not. So, here are 9 easy-to-eat, easy-to-find, everyday “super” foods to keep eating healthy simple. 1. Berries. All berries are great sources of fiber—a nutrient that most Americans don’t get enough of and one that is important for a healthy digestive system. 2. Eggs. A source of high-quality protein, eggs might give your meal more staying power too. Egg yolks contain lutein and zeaxanthin—two antioxidants that help keep eyes healthy 3. Beans. Beans are a good plant-based source of iron (up to 13 mg per 3/4 cup), a mineral that transports oxygen from your lungs to the cells in your body. 4. Nuts. Nuts are rich sources of heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Studies show that those who eat nuts add, on average, an extra two and a half years to their lives. 5. Oranges. An excellent source of vitamin C, just one large orange (or a cup of OJ) contains a full day’s dose. Vitamin C is critical for producing white blood cells and antibodies that fight off infections. 6. Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes are so orange thanks to their alpha and beta carotene. The body converts these compounds into the active form of vitamin A, which helps keep your eyes, bones and immune system healthy. 7. Broccoli. This green powerhouse packs vitamins C, A and K (which helps with bone health), as well as folate. 8. Tea. Studies show if you drink tea regularly, you may reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s, diabetes and some cancers, plus have healthier teeth and gums and stronger bones. How? Tea is rich in a class of antioxidants called flavonoids 9. Spinach. Spinach is teeming with important nutrients: vitamins A, C and K—as well as some fiber, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium and vitamin E. Spinach is an easy, delicious and good source of folate, a water-soluble B vitamin that helps produce DNA and form healthy new cells, making it especially important for mothers-to-be. A cup boasts 15 percent of the recommended daily intake.

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