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The Top Health Foods

February 11, 2009

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I think many of us can feel stuck in a rut, when it comes to our day-to-day eating. This ABC News article outlines some nutrient-rich foods that you may not already incorporate into your every day diet.

Kiwi: This fruit is rich in potassium and loaded with dietary fiber. Two of them have twice the vitamin C of an orange!

Broccoli Rabe: This leafy green is generally available year-round and is a great source of vitamin K, A and a great plant-based source of calcium. It can be enjoyed raw, but it’s best when steamed or boiled.

Brazil Nuts: These seeds are an exceptional source of selenium, which is a cancer-fighting mineral. Like other nuts, they are also a good source of protein, fiber and vitamin E. Boil them to soften the shell.  

Red lentils: When these lentils are dried they have a reddish or orangey color, but they turn a golden-yellow hue once they’re cooked. No matter what color the lentils, they are high in protein and fiber. So this is a great option for vegetarians.

Quinoa: This seed is related to spinach and beets. This carbohydrate also has more protein and dietary fiber than most cereal grains. It’s a great option for people on a gluten-free diet.

Many people can get tired of eating the same thing every day, but you don’t have to. You’ll be more likely to stick to a healthy diet if you switch it up every now and then. Try incorporating more of these foods into your diet. How do you like to prepare them?