5 Superfoods To Eat Now

5 Superfoods To Eat Now

Eating healthy is an umbrella term that not many people understand. Preparation, additives, and the ingredients themselves all can derail the meaning of eating healthy. Let's make things simple, here are five superfoods that you should start incorporating into your diet. We've also provided a couple of tasty recipes for each so that you can get on the road to improved health right away!

Pistachios- 50 kernels of this superfood are only 170 calories, that means you can eat more of them than you could pretzels or chips. Plus, they're chock full of vitamins and minerals. A serving contains 20% of your recommended daily B6 and 15% of your recommended daily thiamin. They're also a great source of dietary fiber, which will make you feel fuller faster and longer. One serving of pistachios contains 3 grams of fiber, or 12% of the recommended level. Recipe: Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread, Pistachio Pesto

Dried Cranberries- We're supposed to be eating about 2 cups of fruit everyday, and these little guys pack quite a punch. 1/2 cup of dried fruit is the equivalent of 1 cup of fresh fruit, so just a few of these cranberries and you'll already be halfway to your fruit intake for the day. A serving of these cranberries is also only 130 calories, making it a great snack option. They also contain 3 grams of fiber. They contain 11% of your daily Vitamin C and 9% of your daily Manganese. Recipe: Cranberry Apple Crisp, Spiced Cranberry Cider

Ginger- Ginger has been used as a home remedy for centuries. It has been shown to relieve morning and motion sicknesses, work as an anti-inflammatory, relieve heartburn, relieve migraines, and prevent colds and flus. Plus, it's easy to get into your diet as it works well with many dishes. Recipe: Ginger Cucumber Salad With Scallops, Ginger-Soy Chicken

Avocados- It's no secret that avocados are healthy. But did you know they have been shown to prevent against macular degeneration and cataracts? They also can lower cholesterol, provide the most Vitamin E of any fruit, and can help you absorb other nutrients better? Recipe: Fresh Guacamole, Avocado Cream Filled Portobellos

Tomatoes- A cup of tomatoes is a great source of Vitamins A, C, and K. They're also a great source of folate and potassium. Tomatoes contain beta-carotene, which protects our skin from sun damage. Lycopene's also in them, and that reduces the damage our skin gets from UV rays and can reduce the risk of prostate and cervical cancer. Recipe: Tomato Chicken Parmesan, Olive Garden Cream of Tomato Soup

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