According to Men’s Health Magazine, these 10 superfoods should be part of your regular diet.
1. Beets – a sweet, tasty root vegetable, are full of folate and betaine, which are good for your arteries and help decrease your risk of heart disease. Be sure to eat them raw, not cooked or pickled in a jar. Try some in your salad.
Tip: Just be sure that when you go to the bathroom the next day, to remember that you ate beets. You are not bleeding to death. Beets have a way of, shall we say, adding color to your diet.
2. Cabbage – looks like lettuce, smells like feet, but it sure is tasty. Cabbage is also full of free-radical fighting enzymes that help reduce your risk of cancer. Try shredding it into a salad or enjoy as cole slaw.
3. Guava – a sweet tropical fruit with a high concentration of lycopene, an antioxidant that helps fight prostate cancer. It’s also full of potassium and fiber. You can eat every part of a guava fruit from the rind to the flesh, and even the seeds.
4. Swiss Chard – a leafy green vegetable with a slightly bitter flavor, is packed with lutein and zeaxanthin, which both fight to keep your eyes young and healthy. Chop Swiss chard and sauté in a little olive oil. Serve as a side dish with chicken or as an accompaniment to fish.
5. Cinnamon – an ancient spice, which comes in sticks or a ground powder, helps control your blood sugar, reduce bad cholesterol and increase your metabolism. Sprinkle into your morning latte or try some in your oatmeal. Sometimes, I put a little in tomato sauce on pasta night.
6. Purslane – long considered a weed by the FDA, purslane is actually a vegetable with high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, an antioxidant that fights cancer. Mix it in with a leafy green salad. You can usually find it at Whole Foods or in Chinese markets.
7. Pomegranate Juice – a delicious and beautiful berry-colored juice full of vitamin C. It helps lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the heart. Look for 100 percent pomegranate juice with no added sugars.
8. Goji Berries – a small, chewy fruit that tastes like a cross between cranberries and cherries. Jam-packed with antioxidants that may help people who are at risk of diabetes. Mix some goji berries into your yogurt or cereal.
9. Prunes – are dried plums and are full of antioxidants that help fight cancer. They are sweet and delicious. Eat them on their own or try cooking with them.
10. Pumpkin Seeds – tiny seeds from the inside of a pumpkin can be roasted and eaten whole. They are full of magnesium, an important mineral for daily health. They make a great snack for the office or while watching TV.