|10 power foods
|The fuel your body needs to keep going…
|Do you feel you need super powers to get you through a busy day? Even True Intentions bad boy, Samuel Perry, and the other dark angels need antioxidants to maintain their immortal age and powers. The right food choices can help us stay energized and healthy. Include Sam’s 10 favorite foods in your diet to pack a power punch:
- Apples. Some studies indicate that the apple’s peel provides most of the fruit’s anticancer and antioxidant benefits. Put down the paring knife and take a big bite into a Gala, a Granny Smith or a Red Delicious.
- Berries. Research shows that a half-cup of blueberries a day may help improve balance, coordination and short-term memory. And ruby-red strawberries deliver vitamin C and fiber for a bargain level of calories (3 grams fiber and 43 calories per cup).
- Fish. Omega-3 fatty acids in fish, also known as essential fatty acids, help with inflammation and cholesterol. Key omega-3s are found in salmon and tuna.
- Flaxseed. Ground flax contains fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. To flex your flax muscle, look for frozen waffles that contain flax or head to the health food store for ground seeds that you can sprinkle over cereal.
- Grape juice. Its disease-fighting antioxidants, called flavonoids, have been shown to prevent clogged arteries and blood clots.
- Greens. Dark green veggies like collard greens, spinach and broccoli deliver fiber and may help protect bones.
- Milk. Its cool dose of calcium helps prevent bone fractures and osteoporosis. Other good calcium sources: yogurt, reduced-fat cheeses and sardines or canned salmon.
- Nuts. As long as you don’t overdo it, these crunchy, protein-packed powerhouses can be a smart addition to your diet. They’ll keep you going a lot longer than the empty calories in a candy bar. One study found that people who ate nuts regularly had 50 percent fewer heart attacks than people who didn’t. For 150 to 190 calories, bank on 12 pecan halves, 14 walnut halves or 27 almonds.
- Soy. Substituting soy protein for meat—via veggie burgers or meatless breakfast links, for example—will significantly reduce the saturated fat you consume, a good step for heart health. Research also suggests that soy foods may keep arteries flexible and bones stronger.
- Whole grains. High intakes of fiber-rich whole grains, such as oatmeal and whole-grain breads, reduce blood lipids and decrease the risk of heart disease and colon cancer.
Sam’s FAVORITE Immortal Tip: Antioxidants are the key in protecting us from free radicals and oxidative stress. To understand more about how free radicals affect our body, check out this goofy You Tube video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5JVgn4bl2w&feature=related
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December 17th, 2011