While we always preach about eating a balanced diet that contains most healthy foods, some extra value must be placed in certain foods that outshines the rest of the regular food items. Such foods are known as super foods and they are available in your supermarket. Here, we are going to present you with a list of under rated super foods that has a lot of health benefits and are easy to get and often over looked.
Under Rated Super Foods
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1: Greek Yogurt – If it is not ‘Greek to you,’ then maybe it should be. All yogurts are good for you; Greek yogurt, however, has twice the protein as regular yogurt, according to the American Dietetic Association. While it is a little bit less sweet than other types, it also has fewer calories to worry about. This makes it perfect for anyone trying to lose fat and build muscle.
2: Watermelon – First, the watermelon rind provides protection from pesticides, so you aren’t consuming any added chemicals that could harm you. Secondly, water melon is high both Vitamin C and Vitamin A. And lastly, it is low in calories and mostly water, making it a perfect snacking food.
3: Beans – As every child knows, “beans, beans, they’re good for your heart”. Silly adages aside, beans are choked full of protein and fiber, which means they will help you grow muscle and keep your digestive process regular. Add them to your regular diet, but skip the refried variety, which adds unnecessary oil and calories to the mix.
4: Sweet Potatoes – Everyone loves a sweet potato pie, but it can’t possibly be good for you… can it? The truth is that sweet potatoes are very healthy. They have plenty of beta-carotene and Vitamin C, which can help you fight everything from a common cold to colon cancer. Not bad for something that tastes like an after-dinner treat.
5: Avocados – Avocados are often skipped over because everyone knows they have a lot of calories. While it’s not good to overload on calories, avocados also contain fiber, Vitamin C, folic acid, potassium and copper, making it a truly super fruit. By the way, some of that fat in avocados is monounsaturated fatty acids, which can help prevent some kinds of cancers.
6: Broccoli – Broccoli doesn’t have an impressive reputation, probably because everyone remembers being a kid, fighting off a plate of steaming broccoli when they wanted to be eating chocolate cake instead. But not only is broccoli low in calories, it is also high in Vitamin K and fiber.
7: Mangoes – Mangoes are a delicious fruit that can be eaten alone, on top of a salad, mixed into a salsa or however else you’d like it. They are surprisingly healthy too, as they contain phenols, an antioxidant and a lot of iron, something everyone needs for their blood. Some people even claim to experience better skin after eating mangos regularly.
8: Fish (Such as Salmon) – Salmon is a super food because it is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which aid heart health. It is also low calorie, low fat and contains plenty of iron. Eat salmon instead of red meats to stay healthy and slim.
9: Olive Oil – You wouldn’t think any oil would be so healthy as olive oil is. The monounsaturated fat in olive oil reduces the risk of heart disease and reduces the bad cholesterol building up in your body. It is also easy to prepare: simply pour some oil in a bowl, add roasted garlic and enjoy with a slice of bread.
10: Eggs – Eggs are a perfect healthy food because they are inexpensive, easy to find, easy to cook and tasty to eat. There are 12 different kinds of vitamins and minerals in one little egg! Plus, if you skip the yolk, each egg has almost no calories.