Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Superfoods Part IX

Last week I mentioned three summer superfoods. Even though it is not feeling like summer in New York right now I am hoping that this post will make the sun start shining. Here are three more superfoods to add to your diet this summer.

Raspberries – I have talked about Strawberries, Blueberries and Blackberries and now it is time to learn the benefits of Raspberries. This berry is full of antioxidants, anticarcinogenics, and antimicrobials hitting the trifecta of superoods. Raspberries are high in the trace mineral manganese, which supports an active metabolism. At less than 100 calories a cup, these berries provide a third of your daily requirement for fiber.
How to prepare: I like to add them to a smoothie, add them to granola or yogurt for breakfast add to a salad for some flavor as a dressing, or just eat them buy the handful; however you eat these you can’t go wrong.

Asparagus – Also known to me as my mother’s favorite vegetable, asparagus has many health benefits. At only 40 calories per cup, asparagus contain 288 milligrams of potassium as well as 3 grams of fiber which aids in cleansing the digestive system. Asparagus is also rich in potassium, vitamin A, and folate which gives it anti-aging functions, aids in protecting against cancer, reducing pain and inflammation, reducing risk of heart disease as well as birth defects. Asparagus also contains vitamin K which can help prevent osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.
How to prepare: Roast them, grill them, sauté them, add them to a salad, whatever you do eat them. Grill them and squeeze some lemon on top for a healthy snack or add them to a salad or entrée.

Watermelon – Not only does this juice quench your thirst, but it also taste great and a full cup of watermelon contains only 46 calories, and contains plenty of vitamin C and A as well minerals and nutrients said to help fight inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis. Pink watermelon is also a source of the potent carotenoid antioxidant, lycopene. These powerful antioxidants travel through the body neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals are substances in the body that can cause a great deal of damage.
How to prepare: A great treat on a warm summer day or even on a cold day indoors, watermelon is one of my favorite fruits. I have recently started to add into smoothies, I love to eat watermelon alone and it is great in a salad with peaches and feta cheese!

Be sure to check out my past Super Food Entries:

1 comment:

  1. I love these posts! Thanks for sharing. Full of info :) Amy