It’s a new year and a lot of us (including me) are working to improve our diets. I’m planning on doing that by adding more so-called “super foods” to my diet. These are foods that are packed with nutrients that will undoubtedly help you jump start your healthy eating intentions.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
It all starts with your cooking oil. I get asked all the time what kind of cooking oil I use and I always recommend Extra Virgin Olive Oil. My favorite is Goya Foods Extra Virgin Olive Oil because it has a fantastic taste. It was recently ranked by Consumer Reports as one of the best values for its price tag of only $5 a bottle.
Another new trend in cooking is using algae oil, another great plant-based oil that’s packed with Omega-3 fatty acids and heart healthy. It has a high smoke point and it’s flavorless. I love Thrive’s Algae Oil at around $11 a bottle.
I’m a big fan of sprouted nuts lately for a deliciously healthy snack. Sprouted nuts are nuts that have been partially germinated — that’s when the healthful enzymes come alive. These nuts are helpful in reducing cardiovascular disease risk and rich in fiber, Vitamins B and E, as well as protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. They’re easy for your body to digest — just make sure to avoid anything salted!
Ancient grains are another great super food to add to your diet. I love farro for its fiber and high protein content, which will keep you full for a long time. It also supplies more than 10 different vitamins and minerals, including Niacin, Magnesium, Iron, Thiamine, and Zinc.
Fermented Foods & Probiotics
I’m adding more fermented foods this year, thanks to new research about the importance of maintaining a healthy gut. Gut health is linked to heart and brain health, disease prevention, and even our emotional health! And on that note, try a probiotic like acidophilus for helping you maintain gut health.
Blueberries are a powerful antioxidant and whether you like them fresh, frozen, or in a supplement, they’re all good for you. They contain a type of compound called anthocynanin, which may be linked to decreased risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Don’t love kale? It may be in how you’re preparing it. Before eating it, massage the kale to break down some of the bitterness. Better yet, toss it into a fruity green smoothie to disguise the taste — I promise you won’t taste it! You may even love it.