The Top Five Superfoods We Need in Our Daily Diet

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What is a Superfood? A superfood is considered to be a food that is rather nutritious and / or beneficial to health and overall wellness. They are full of nutrients that help to ward off illnesses and promote good health. They are generally high in antioxidants and other important nutrients.

Here are our top five picks:

Beans: All kinds of legumes - lentils, kidney beans, black beans and chickpeas - are excellent sources of protein, fiber and other essential nutrients, and can help reduce risk of heart disease. Click for Bean Recipes.

Blueberries: Packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, blueberries are also high in potassium and vitamin C. Not only can they lower the risk of heart disease and cancer, they also have anti-inflammatory qualities. They also are full of fiber which is essential in any diet. Click for Blueberry Recipes.

Dark Leafy Greens: These are low in calories and packed with fiber, vitamin B and beta-carotene. Examples: Spinach, Kale, Chard. Click for Spinach Recipes.

Fish: Consuming fish rich in Omega 3s help to lower the risk of heart disease, help with memory loss, and can ease arthritis. Look for salmon, herring, sardines and mackerel. Other sources of Omega 3 are: flax seeds and walnuts. Click for Fish Recipes.

Tomatoes: Lycopene is what makes tomatoes red. Lycopene has the highest antioxidant power, helping reduce the risk of several types of cancer. Click for Tomato Recipes.

Other superfoods to incorporate into your diet: Garlic, Nuts, Whole Grains, Soy, Cruciferous Vegetables such as Cabbage and Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes, Tea, Dark Chocolate, Yogurt, Eggs, Quinoa and Broccoli.

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