Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Superfoods Part VIII

This week I am going to write about three of my favorite foods I can’t believe I have yet to write about. With summer just around the corner these three Superfoods are in full bloom and packed with nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins.

1. Strawberries – Given their unique combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, it's not surprising to see strong research support for strawberry health benefits in three major areas: first is cardiovascular support and prevention of cardiovascular diseases, second is improved regulation of blood sugar, with decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, and lastly prevention of certain cancer types including breast, cervical, colon, and esophageal cancer. This little fruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese, has a great amount of dietary fiber and iodine, and they are a good source of potassium, folate, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin K, magnesium, and copper                .
How to Prepare: I add these delicious fruits to smoothies every day, they are a great addition to a salad with grilled chicken and mixed greens and are also just great to snack on alone.

2. Avocados – This high absorbing food has a wide variety of benefits ranging from anti-inflammatory through nutrients such as  phytosterols, carotenoid antioxidants, as well as non-carotenoid antioxidants including vitamins C and E, and the minerals manganese, selenium, and zinc,  omega-3 fatty acids and polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols (PSA)s. The avocado is high in Carotenoids which aid in food absorption. They also aid in promoting a healthy heart, supporting cardiovascular health, promoting blood sugar regulation, and also has cancer prevention benefits.
How to Prepare: I add avocados to all of my salads; it pairs well with chili, what is better than guacamole in the summer? What is your favorite avocado recipe?

3. Peaches – This delicious seasonal fruit is high in fiber and in Vitamins A, C, and E. Unlike most fruits, they contain calcium. They can help ease dry coughs and relieve constipation. One medium peach provides only about 50 calories, less than the 60 calories in a medium apple.
How to Prepare: I enjoy adding these to my smoothies in the summer as well as making salads. One of my personal favorites; Peach, Watermelon, Basil and Feta Cheese

Be sure to check out my past Super Food Entries:

1 comment:

  1. Mmmm that peach, watermelon, basil, feta salad sounds heavenly. Strawberries and avocados are two of my all-time favorites!