Nutrient-packed and offering impressive health advantages, the foods mentioned here are beneficial additions to everyone’s diet — especially those who have resolved to get healthy and slim down.
Quinoa: The tiny grain-like seed is touted for its high protein content and provides all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. It is also gluten-free, making it a safe choice for those with a gluten intolerance. Replace rice or barley with these grains in most recipes. Add one part quinoa to two parts water in a pot and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes; use this as a base to a veggie stir fry, toss it into a salad or as a simple side to grilled chicken or fish.
Hemp Seeds: These ‘seeds’ are actually a tiny fruit that is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for heart health, help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, boost brain function and help strengthen your immune system. Packed with magnesium, potassium, iron and filling fiber, the seed is a nutritional powerhouse. Hemp seeds have a mild, nut-like flavor and taste great sprinkled on pudding or yogurt, blended into a smoothie, stirred into oatmeal or pureed into homemade soups.
Chia Seeds: These tiny seeds contain heart healthy omega-3 fats, and have an impressive fiber content; a nutrient which many people are lacking in their diets. Chia seeds blend seamlessly into smoothies or make a great crunchy finish sprinkled on salads.
Fermented Foods: Fermentation process leads to an increase in probiotics, the healthy bacteria that we need in our digestive tracts to aid in digestion. Give fermented foods such as kimchi and kombucha a try: Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish made of veggies and seasonings that makes a nice side dish to chicken or beef, while Kombucha is a drink made from sweetened tea that has been fermented and comes in a variety of flavors.
Goji Berries: Filled with powerful antioxidants, the berries are also great for your skin: Not only are they high in an antioxidant that helps protect skin from sun damage, they also contain beta carotene to reduce inflammation and promote new skin cell growth. Goji berries pair nicely with yogurt and oatmeal and work well baked into cookies and breads.