You may already know a few foods that are so packed with nutrients they’re sometimes calls “superfoods.” Acai and goji berries are good examples because they’re rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants. But do you know about any of the following foods that may help prevent cancer, heart disease, and aid in digestive health?
- Maca – High in protein and fiber, it contains more than 20 amino acids and helps increase your strength, energy, and endurance. Maca is a root vegetable and part of the cruciferous family, like kale and cabbage. You can purchase it in the U.S. mainly in its powder or extract form and add it to fruit smoothies, yogurt, or cereals. Look in any health food or drug store or on Amazon.
- Spirulina – This is a type of freshwater blue-green algae that is 65% complete protein, greater than both red meat and soy. As little as 3 grams per day can help you increase energy and fight sickness. Buy it in capsules, powders, and flakes in health food stores but make sure it is “certified organic.” It doesn’t have the best taste, so add it to a smoothie or take as a supplement per directions on the bottle.
- Kohlrabi – You get plenty of potassium, vitamin C, and fiber out of this antiviral vegetable, which is a blend of cabbage, turnips, and radishes. Find them at your farmer’s market or grow them at home. To eat them, try pickling the bulbs or sauteing them.
- Chia – Yes, the same Chia Pet commercial seeds are healthy and edible. You can get as much fiber out of chia as you can from your bowl of oatmeal. It also has plenty of iron, calcium, and omega 3s. Buy it in stores such as Walmart, the Vitamin Shoppe, and GNC. It blends well in soups, salads, stir-fries, and cereal.