5 Foods You Should Be Eating

What you put into your body has a major impact on your health.  In some instances, so-called “superfoods” are our best medicine.

Here are my top five favorite superfoods foods to incorporate into your diet today.  And bonus… they’re all yummy!

Bon appetit!

1. Avocado – Sometimes avocados get a bad rap for being high in fat – but it’s monounsaturated fat, all good for you heart (recommended by the American Heart Association)!  Avocados are packed with vitamins and disease-fighting nutrients.  They are sodium and cholesterol free.  Avocados are so good for you.  If you don’t know what to do with them, just check their web site!

2. Garlic – Garlic is more than just food flavoring, it’s considered medicine!  Many researchers give garlic credit for lowering blood pressure, reducing cholesterol and fighting infection.  Garlic boosts the immune system.  Read more about the cancer-fighting power of garlic here.

3. Spinach – A true nutritional powerhouse!  Spinach is high in fiber (good for digestion), flavonoids (aid in preventing cancer), and high in vitamins that prevent high blood pressure and promote bone strength.  There are so many ways to work spinach into your diet – check out these very cool top 10 ways to enjoy spinach.

4. Blueberries – This delicious fruit is very high in phytonutrients which help prevent cancer cell growth.  Blueberries are believed to have more than 50 times the antioxidant power of vitamins C and E.  Blueberries are also believed to help prevent plaque build-up on brain cells that can cause Alzheimers disease.  If that’s not enough incentive, here is some more compelling information on the goodness of blueberries!

5. Sweet potatoes. This yummy vegetable is high in fiber, folate, vitamin C, iron and calcium.  Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins and minerals that boost immunity and fight disease.  Here are 25 healthy sweet potato recipes to make sure you’re never at a loss for how to cook sweet potatoes!

Bottom Line:  There are lots of superfoods.  If you don’t like my top 5, find some you do like – and eat them regularly!  Good nutrition gives you the strength and energy to keep active and healthy.  Take care of your body by feeding it foods that help build strong muscles and bones, fight disease and maintain a healthy body weight.

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