Ten Super Foods You Should Eat

As I was completing my required reading for the week, I stumbled across this and thought I would share.

1.  Cantaloupe

A quarter of a delicious melon supplies almost as much Vitamin A and C as most people need in an entire day.

2.  Sweet Potatoes

A nutritional All-Star – one of the best vegetables you can eat.  They’re loaded with Carotenoids, Vitamin C, Potassium, and Fiber.  Mix in unsweetened applesauce or crushed pineapple for extra moisture and sweetness.

3.  Fat-Free (Skim) or Low-Fat Milk (1% not 2%)

Excellent source of Calcium, Vitamins, and Protein with little or no artery-clogging fat and cholesterol. (Soy milk can have just as many nutrients – if the company adds them.)

4.  Salmon or other fatty fish

The Omega-3 Fatty Acids in fish, especially fatty fish like salmon, swordfish, and rainbow trout, can help reduce the risk of sudden-death heart attacks.

5.  Oranges

Great tasting and rich in Vitamin C, Folic Acid, and Fiber.

6.  Broccoli

Lots of Vitamin C, Carotenoids, and Folic Acid.

7.  Whole-Grain Bread

It’s higher in Fiber and about a dozen Vitamins and Minerals than enriched white bread or “wheat bread.”

8.  100% Bran Cereal

A half-cup serving provides about one-third the Fiber you need for an entire day – to maintain regularity, as well as reduce the risk of diverticulosis and heart disease.

9.  Beans

Inexpensive, low in fat, and rich in Protein, Iron, Folic Acid, and Fiber.  Choose garbanzo, pinto, black, navy, kidney or lentils.  Eat them as a side dish or snack, in a tortilla with salsa, or in soup.

10.  Spinach or Kale

Loaded with Vitamin C, Carotenoids, Calcium, and Fiber.  Steam ’em and eat ’em.

Brought to you by my Sports and Exercise Nutrition text.

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