|Are you a fan of the Food Pyramid?|
(from Food Pyramid)
In last week's post I mentioned how much I love lists. Some of my absolute favorite lists are those that tell us what foods to eat. While the items specified are never exactly the same, a lot of foods do make frequent appearances. One list I found recently recommends "8 Foods You Should Eat Every Day". I don't know how practical that "every day" edict would be, but I have no problem including these edibles in my diet on a regular basis, as I like them all.
|From Women's Health|
Benefits: Spinach is full of omega-3 fatty acids, folates, and lutein to fight heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and macular degeneration.
Substitutes: Kale, bok choy, Romaine lettuce
|From The Best Remedy|
Benefits: Yogurt with active and live cultures contains probiotics, which improve digestion, boost the immune system, and help fight cancer.
Substitutes: Kefir, soy yogurt
|From Earnest Holistic Health|
Benefits: Red tomatoes contain the most lycopene, and this nutrient is more bio-available in cooked tomatoes (fresh or canned). Lycopene protects against cancers and coronary artery disease.
Substitutes: Red watermelon, pink grapefruit, Japanese persimmon, papaya, guava
|From The Virally|
Benefits: Red, orange, and yellow produce contains high levels of carotenoids, which have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
Substitutes: Sweet potatoes, pumpkin, butternut squash, yellow bell pepper, mango
|From She Knows|
Benefits: Full of antioxidants (anthocyanins), which protect against cancer, diabetes, and age-related memory changes. Also rich in fiber and vitamins A and C, that help improve cardiovascular health.
Substitutes: Acai berries, purple grapes, prunes, raisins, strawberries
6) Black Beans
Benefits: In addition to the usual positive health benefits of legumes, black beans also contain anthocyanins (like blueberries) for even more nutritional punch.
Substitutes: Peas, lentils, and pinto, kidney, fava, and lima beans
|From Health Me Up|
Benefits: Walnuts contain more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than salmon and more anti-inflammatory polyphenols than red wine, plus they are a good source of protein.
Substitutes: Almonds, peanuts, pistachios, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts
|From Camp All-Star|
Benefits: Oats contain high levels of soluble fiber, which lowers the risk of heart disease, as well as a fair amount of plant protein.
Substitutes: Quinoa, flaxseed, wild rice