Retirement means turning the page to a new chapter in life so why not let healthy eating be a part of your story with superfoods playing a starring role? Super foods are foods that are loaded with antioxidants and can keep you healthy from head to toe. There are superfoods from all of the food groups so you are sure to find several that you will enjoy eating every day.
Super foods are rich in phytonutrients or naturally occurring chemicals that promote good health. These nutrition powerhouses can boost your immunity and help prevent diseases like cancer, hypertension, and diabetes. What’s more–super foods are easy to find. You can find an abundance of superfoods in your garden, at your local grocery store, and at your farmer’s market.
When you think super foods, dark green leafy vegetables might come to mind. That is because foods like collards, kale and similar greens contain vitamins A, C, and K as well as calcium. Vitamin A helps the eyes stay healthy, and vitamin C boosts the immune system. Calcium builds strong bones. Fiber from these foods helps keep the body regular and may help lower cholesterol.
Dark leafy greens are not the only super foods. Orange fruits and vegetables are loaded with beta carotene a phytonutrient that is beneficial to eyes, skin and cells. Orange fruits and vegetables include sweet potatoes, pumpkins and winter squashes. Like the orange foods, berries and cherries are also loaded with phytonutrients.
The grain group is also a source of super foods. Whole grains with good fiber are recommended. Whole grains include oatmeal, whole wheat flour and popcorn. Whole grains can help lower cholesterol and they also have beneficial nutrients like folic acid, iron and zinc, all of which contribute to better health.
Foods with healthy fats including fish, nuts and olive oil provide beneficial fats that promote healthy blood vessels and decrease the risk of stroke and heart disease. Walnuts and almonds are nuts that contain healthy fats.
Tips for Buying Super Foods…
When you shop for superfoods, make sure they are at their peak freshness. Produce that is shriveled or dried out has a lower nutritional value than fresh-picked produce. When purchasing packaged foods such as breads, whole grain or whole wheat should be the first ingredient in the list. Also, purchase food with lower salt and fat.