Making healthy food decisions is the difference between a long, healthy life and a life that will have you struggle with weight, health, and overall well-being. Here are some of the most nutritious foods you may not be eating, but you should:
There are so many incredible health benefits to drinking wheatgrass it may make you wonder why everybody isn’t doing it. This innocuous looking drink contains all of the minerals known to man. It contains vitamins, proteins, and amino acids. It’s like a shot of pure health. One of its greatest benefits is that it contains chlorophyll. Chlorophyll acts as a natural antibiotic that you can use inside or outside your body. Imagine no longer having a need for pharmaceutical antibiotics. It neutralizes toxins in your body and purifies your liver. It sounds like a perfect hangover cure for those late night binges.
Wild blueberries, or bilberries, are very different from their cultivated cousins. They are a low-bush variety found primarily in Maine and Canada. They contain the highest antioxidants out of any fruit or vegetable. Concerned about your aging skin? A daily regimen that consists of bilberries can help the appearance of wrinkles and even bruises on your skin. Their anti-inflammatory properties can aid in a variety of health concerns especially auto-immune disorders. Some physicians believe that their anti-inflammatory powers are even greater than aspirin. Do you think losing your eyesight is a natural part of aging? Not so fast. Bilberries can reverse macular degeneration and improve night vision. Wild blueberries are amazing whether fresh, frozen, or powdered and are a perfect addition to your smoothies.
Kimchi is a Korean staple for a good reason. It is cabbage fermented with chili peppers, onions, vinegar, and salt. Some find the odor to be a bit on the strong side, but one taste and you will be back for more. You may be wondering about the health benefits, though, right? All you have to do is take a look at the evidence, as Korean men and women often look young for their age. Kimchi is served at most meals in Korea, and the antioxidant properties keep their skin stress free and ageless. It has that buzzword everyone talks about these days too, probiotics. The probiotics and healthy bacteria found in kimchi can help you fight off infections in your body. It can be added to your list of natural antibiotics.
Yes, these are the same dandelions you try to annihilate from your yard every year. Most people look at them as weeds, but those in the know see them for the health benefits they provide. Forget about that milk; dandelion greens are super high in calcium, and a cup of greens also give you 1.7 milligrams of iron. Don’t forget the antioxidants, either. Dandelion greens are loaded with them. Use these greens as a liver detoxifier. Add a cupful to your smoothies and flush away the damage done at Aunt Bertha’s birthday party. They are rich in the minerals your body needs, such as manganese and potassium.
You may be wondering what in the world sea buckthorn is. It is the “holy fruit of the Himalayas.” Sea buckthorn is found in China, Mongolia, and Russia. It is a small, sour orange-red berry. It is one more superfood loaded with those antioxidants. That’s not all. It is another anti-inflammatory and has been shown to aid in weight loss. It is high in the omega fatty acids, which are very lubricating, and can assist with dreaded constipation. It is incredibly rich in Vitamin C which is great for the body both inside and out. Creams and serums containing sea buckthorn are great for calming and rejuvenating stressed, irritated skin. These berries will also give you a great energy boost and enhance your mental clarity.
Chia seeds come from a plant native to South America. They are small, black seeds that pack a healthful punch. You’re probably expecting this, but yes, they, too, contain antioxidants. Foods full of antioxidants deliver so much more health benefits than any supplement available today at your local drugstore. Why is this important? Antioxidants carry free radicals away from your cells. They reduce your risk of cancer among other benefits. Chia seeds also have many nutrients to help support the health of your bones. They are high in fiber and protein but have a low caloric count. Are you trying to lose weight? They should be included in your weight loss regimen. Chia can be soaked overnight with fruits and nuts for a delicious pudding to start your day. Talk about fast food.
Perhaps you have seen kohlrabi in the produce section of your grocery store and wondered what the heck it is. More likely, you passed right over it not realizing what a health powerhouse you were overlooking. Kohlrabi is a German word meaning, cabbage turnip which is basically what it is. Some of its health benefits include being a cancer fighter. Not only does it possess the antioxidants like so many of the health foods listed here, it has phytochemicals which aid in killing off cancer cells. It also contains glucosinolates, which are a liver detoxifier. Not only will your liver be grateful when you introduce this into your diet, but your heart will, as well. Kohlrabi contains a high amount of potassium, which has been found to reduce blood pressure and counter the effects of sodium. Adding this with dinner at only 36 calories per cup, and your waistline will thank you, too.
The thought of including seaweed as a part of your diet may have you scratching your head. Do people really eat that? Yes, they do. With so many varieties, it is easy to incorporate into your daily routine. Sea vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals and when dried properly, are not fishy tasting at all. Nori sheets are what is used when making sushi. These are perfect for making your veggie rolls at home. They impart a sweet and salty taste that elevates your wraps to the next level. Kombu and Wakame are perfect additions to any soup. Dulse is found in granulated flakes that some people use as a salt substitute. It also makes a great addition to your smoothies with its benefits of protein and iron. Experiment and have fun with these nutritious vegetables from the sea.
Romanesco is in the broccoli/cauliflower family but has its own distinct look. You could just buy it as a funky, fun new centerpiece, and after hearing its health benefits, you will want to eat it up. It is loaded with Vitamin A, which aids in the health of your eyes, so, if you find yourself spending copious amounts of time staring at a computer screen, you will benefit greatly. It’s high in iron, too, which helps to promote good circulation throughout your body. Good circulation means good brain function, and good brain function means you won’t forget that one item at the grocery store every time you go. Of course, it may go without saying, but it also contains antioxidants. Nature knows how to restore your body back to good health. Add romanesco to your family meals to let them know you are looking out for them.
If you have ever seen jackfruit in the store, it may have scared you off a little. It is large. It is perhaps one of the biggest fruits available. Thankfully, most places that sell it will cut it into more manageable pieces for you. Some stores sell canned jackfruit with sugary syrup. Nothing beats fresh fruit, and the syrup may take away from the health benefits you are looking for, so choose fresh when possible. Jackfruit is high in Vitamin C which boosts your immune system. That makes it a perfect fruit when flu season rolls around. It does contain a higher amount of calories than most other fruits but has minimal fat. The glucose it contains is highly digestible making it a great option for people on a diet.
If you are thinking about making a healthy change in your life, adding these foods is a great first step. Talk to your doctor or a nutritionist to learn even more.