Nature’s Super Foods: Part 2 of 4

 Blueberries: Pure antioxidant Heaven! Antioxidants work by chomping through free radicals in the body, meaning major immune-boosting, cancer-fighting and anti-aging capabilities. Toss a handful on top of your morning oatmeal, mix with plain yogurt and nuts or blend in a healthy protein shake.

Cottage Cheese: Want to build lean muscle while shredding fat? Not only is cottage cheese low in fat and high in protein, (14g per serving!) but many varieties have the added bonus of digestive enzymes to keep your tummy running smoothly.

Apples: Apples contain more pectin (a soluble fiber) than any other fruit, acting as an antioxidant within the bloodstream and melting away belly fat. Quercetin is another antioxidant present in apples, used to detoxify the body and protect it from damage by free radicals.

Spinach: Remember Popeye? Rich in nitrates, spinach helps you power through your workout by reducing fatigue and detoxify the blood. High in folate and vitamins A, E and K, spinach gives you that extra boost that you’ve been looking for.

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Watermelon: Low-cal and nutrient-dense, watermelon keeps your body cool and hydrated. A few slices also increase your body’s natural SPF abilities due to its high lycopene concentration, making it the perfect summer snack.

Walnuts: A handful provides twice the antioxidant power of any other nut, making these guys the pick of the bunch! High in folic acid, vitamin B6 and omega-3s, walnuts improve brain power and improve your ability to cope with stress.

 

Kale: This dark leafy green alkalizes the body (making it less acidic and therefore healthier) and is of course, super high in antioxidants. Complete with bone-building calcium and immune-busting vitamin C, kale is also high in potassium and vitamins A and K.

Turmeric: Like it hot? Try a yummy curry (turmeric is what gives curry its yellow coloring)! Turmeric works wonders with any kind of systemic inflammatory disease such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, while also working to reduce joint inflammation. Turmeric also has the capacity to lower blood sugar levels, thereby making its use helpful for diabetics. This spice delivers such a huge antioxidant punch that it strongly protects against cancer, dementia and any auto-immune disorder.

Greek Yogurt: High in protein and low in fat, Greek yogurt reduces cholesterol and encourages healthy weight loss. A recent study found that daily yogurt eaters lost 81% more belly fat than those who skipped dairy all together.

Dark Chocolate: Want to de-stress? Eat a few small pieces of dark chocolate. Research has shown that just an ounce and a half of dark chocolate helps to ease emotional stress. Add to the list its ability to stabilize mood and increase your libido, and you’ve got yourself an emotional lifesaver!

Try incorporating a few (or all!) of these foods into your regular diet to enhance your health and well-being. Stay tuned Nature’s Super Foods Part 3 of 4 to be released soon!

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