Super foods are just “so last year.” Simply put, there are far too many healthy, nutritious foods out there to isolate some as better than others. Regardless, Americans do not consume anywhere near the recommendations for vegetables and fruits and we could probably all use a little refresh on our food choices.
All fruits and vegetables are good for you. Period. As you take on this new year, commit to changing up your menu. Here’s a list of five foods you should be eating, if you aren’t already, and a few ideas for enjoying them:
1. Whole Eggs – Don’t ditch the yolk, which is a good source of choline. Contrary to what most people think of the yolks, the choline present can help lower homocysteine levels in the blood which actually reduces your heart attack risk.
2. Garbanzo Beans – You can get health in a can! I love to keep a container of drained garbanzo beans (or chickpeas) in the refrigerator for salad toppers. Bake them in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes and you’ll have a crunchy, healthy snack that’s cheaper than cheese puffs and way healthier.
3. Cherries – With powerful natural anti-inflammatory agents, cherries are an athlete’s best friend. You’ll recover faster and you’ll fight all the oxidation you created in your workout. When they are out of season, buy frozen or dried cherries with no sugar added.