5 super foods for better health
A well-rounded diet includes a variety of nutrient-rich foods, from blueberries to nuts, that aren't processed, says Garren M. Brannon, a highly rated dietitian and chef in Winston-Salem, N.C. "It's a better way to eat," he says.
Try these super foods to help boost your immunity, reduce your risk of heart disease and lose those love handles:
Wild caught salmon — "Even a fatty fish is considered a lean protein source," says Brannon, but wild salmon tend to be leaner because they're not eating the grain fed to many farm fish.
Greek yogurt — All yogurt has beneficial bacteria that helps keep our gut healthy, Brannon says, but this Mediterranean variety gaining ground in the U.S. has less sodium and sugar and more protein.
Tumeric, curry, cinnamon, ginger — "They're powerful antioxidants," Brannon says.
Potatoes — "It's a super healthy carbohydrate," says Ruth Frechman, a dietitian based in Burbank, Calif., and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. It's also a good source of potassium which can help lower blood pressure.
Kiwi — Just like dark leafy green veggies, this green fruit is packed with nutrients. "Kiwi is loaded with potassium, vitamin C and huge amounts of fiber in all the little seeds," Frechman says.