Eating the same thing every other day makes the meal not only uninteresting but there are chances that you are also missing out on food items that are important source of essential vitamins, nutrients and other antioxidants. Although we consume important foods like berries, almonds, broccoli on a daily basis but we might be missing out on other dietary products that are powerhouses of nutrition.
Here is a list of 9 best foods that have still not found place on your plate but must be consumed:
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A rich source of folate and red pigments that fight against cancer, beets are quite rich in color, slightly rough from outside but sweet and soft in taste after they are cooked. They are extremely rich in antioxidants so that one gets protection against chronic diseases. You can also consume them in the form of juice, mixing them with other things, as they are very rich in nitrates. The juice helps in increasing the flow of blood to the brain and also lowering the blood pressure. Eat the beets to make your performance better if you are an athlete. You can eat them raw also by grating them in your salad.
A part of cruciferous family of vegetables, cauliflower often gets ignored because of its cousin, green-colored Broccoli. Not many know that cauliflower is a great source of fiber, minerals and Vitamin C. if lab tests on animals are to be believed then it also has the capacity to fight cancer because of the presence of sulforaphane, a natural plant chemical. The other benefits of cauliflower include improvement in heart health, brain health, help in detoxification and digestion.
Artichoke is an amazing food item that must be a part of your diet. It can be baked or grilled. You can even eat the leaves. It is not at all fatty. If you consume whole of it, you only in-take 60 calories. Artichokes are extremely rich in fiber and fight cholesterol, help in the functioning of liver and also prevents against cancer. It is also good for the functioning of gall bladder and its consumption also fights high blood pressure. Artichoke is a rich source of antioxidants, Vitamin C, folic acid, Vitamin K.
One of the world’s healthiest food, sardines are small fishes that have immense nutritional worth. They are rich in Vitamin A, D, E minerals, Omega-3 fatty acids, thiamin, folate and Vitamin B12. Consumption of sardines helps you improving bone strength, optimal and heart health, and rich in proteins too that make your immunity system better. Eating sardines also make your skin and hair quality better. They also reduce the risk of blood clots and age-related macular degeneration.
A fermented milk drink, kefir must be a part of your diet routine. They are a good source of good bacteria or probiotics. It is also known to have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Kefir is also a source of calcium, vitamin B12, biotin, magnesium, vitamin K2, folate and enzymes. The health benefits of kefir includes boost in immunity, healing inflammatory bowel disease, building bone density, fighting allergies, improving lactose digestion, eliminating candida and supporting detoxification.
You might have heard about tofu and must have also consumed it. In the same manner as tofu, tempeh is also a soy product, rich in protein, potassium, fiber and calcium. Tempeh has several health benefits such as they are easy to digest, are good for diabetic patients, contain natural antibiotics, keep your digestive tract healthy, prevents a number of chronic diseases, helps in reduction of cholesterol, increases bone density, helps in muscle recovery and satisfies your hunger.
7. Prunes (Dried Plums)
Prunes or dried plums surely feature in the list of super foods as they are the best in keeping your digestion power in good shape. Prunes are high in fiber, antioxidants, Vitamin C and K, copper and potassium. They can be eaten as it is, or added in milk, smoothies, stews and muffins. The benefits of dried plums are many including fighting against cancer, prevention of obesity and type 2 diabetes, improvement of bone health, lowering cholesterol, promotion of cardiovascular diseases, prevents against osteoporosis and pre-mature ageing.
A true wonder food from nature, seaweed surely deserves a place in your plate as they do much to purify your blood. They are rich in nutrients like minerals, vitamins, iron, protein and calcium. This green superfood has good chelating properties and helps you fight against environmental troubles like pollution and radiation. Eating seaweed helps in detoxification of your body and boasts weight loss. Kombu, wakame, arame, dulse, kelp are some seaweed types that you can consume. They are low in calories and can be added in salads. They also help in regulation of hormones.
A powerhouse of nutrition, lentils or beans are quite rich in fiber and protein. They can be added in stews and soups in place of meat. Lentils are good in fiber, vitamin K, potassium, folate, iron, lean protein, zinc, niacin, calcium, folic acid and protein. Improving digestion, muscle generation, boosting metabolism, preventing cancer, weight management, improvement in digestion and a healthy nervous system are some of the health benefits of cancer.
Written by Geetika Handa