So I have been trying to organize my shopping trips and really concentrating on bringing “good for you foods” into the house so good for you foods are my only option to put in my system. If I want fuel to be one of my New Years Resolutions I should do everything in my power to make that happen. So I have been doing some research to determine what my SUPER-FOODS grocery list should look like so that I know what I should be purchasing weekly and/or bi-weekly. There are more super foods than I have listed below but these are the top 10 foods that I enjoy eating (included are some additional benefits/notes to go along with them)…
1. Why Avocados?
They are good for your heart, can help lower cholesterol, contain tons of vitamins, and are an excellent source of healthy fats if eaten in moderation.
2. Why Beans?
They are an excellent source of protein and fiber, which may help lower cholesterol levels while possible reducing the risk of many different cancers. NOTE: To get the most out of beans, you should combine them with a grains such as brown rice, corn or wheat. Combining beans with one of those items helps form complete proteins.
3. Why Blueberries?
They have the most antioxidants of any fruit you can buy and give you a nice portion of fiber and vitamin C per cup. 14% and 24% respectively
4. Why Carrots?
One medium carrot has only 25 calories and a study done last year shows that eating carrots prior to a meal can increase the consumption of other veggies served at mealtime.
5. Why Dark Chocolate?
What?? I said chocolate? Dark chocolate (not milk chocolate) may be great for cardiovascular health, premature aging and cancer. And guess what!? Dark chocolate is low on the glycemic index.
6. Why Mushrooms?
It may help control blood pressure and lower your cholesterol and may fight cancer too!
7. Why Brown Rice?
This is a great carb option and a very low allergen food that may also protect your heart and fight diabetes, kidney stones, and cancer.
8. Why Tomatoes?
May be a great cancer fighter and help to battle high cholesterol
9. Why Sweet Potatoes?
They may protect your vision, encourage a good mood, fight cancer and keep your bones strong.
10. Why Walnuts?
These nuts may be great for lowering cholesterol, fighting cancer and improving your memory.
But remember… everything should be consumed in MODERATION (yes even the chocolate). Can you imagine only eating walnuts all day long? Gosh you would have a memory like an elephant but you would be acting like a real nut.
I really “crack” myself up sometimes. Another nut joke- get it?
Happy Wednesday! AND REMEMBER…