Right now is the perfect time to add 3 superfoods to your daily diet: whole grains, berries and seeds that will make you feel and look great, inside and out.
Feel challenged? It’s not hard. Think they are not for you? Just add them to the foods you already love to eat a little at a time. Pretty soon, you will be craving these foods all by themselves! Go ahead. We dare you.
Three foods you should be eating
1. Whole Grains: Why? Whole grains add great fiber to your diet. Studies show that eating whole grains instead of refined grains (like white rice or potatoes for example) lowers the risk of many chronic diseases. According to the whole grain council, the benefits of whole grains most documented by repeated studies include:
· stroke risk reduced 30-36%
· type 2 diabetes risk reduced 21-30%
· heart disease risk reduced 25-28%
· better weight maintenance
Other benefits indicated by recent studies include:
· reduced risk of asthma
· healthier carotid arteries
· reduction of inflammatory disease risk
· lower risk of colorectal cancer
· healthier blood pressure levels
· less gum disease and tooth loss
Brown rice, quinoa, farro and bulgur wheat are good examples that are easily found in every market on Long Island. Each variety cooks a little differently, so always check the back of your package for precise grain-liquid ratios. Don’t want to bother cooking them yourself? Try Village Harvest sold in your local market freezer section such as Waldbaum’s.
Don’t Miss: Five Minute Stir Fry (substitute any pre-cooked whole grain)
2. Berries: Why? Berries help with your memory, help protect against diseases, aid in weight loss, are good for your eyes, and help slow down the aging process. Plus, they taste sweet and delicious.
Berries, such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries are easy enough to add to your daily diet in smoothies, on your favorite breakfast cereals, in a dessert with a small amount of whipped cream or even in a cocktail!
Check Out: Frozen Blueberries Make for Delicious and Nutritious Snacking
3. Seeds: Chia, flax and hemp. Why? Nutrient-dense and packed with disease-fighting minerals and enzymes, they can be used in just about any recipe. These super-seeds add fiber, Omega-3’s and if your eating hemp seeds you will be getting protein, as well!
Try adding these practically tasteless seeds to your favorite smoothies, baked goods and salads.
*NOTE* Not all seeds are meant to be eaten. Choose only those sold in markets.
More tips: Breakfast of Champions: a perfect pantry list
For other helpful Long Island resources, please visit:
Long Island Grocery Stores, including specialty shops and those that deliver
Where to purchase farm raised poultry on Long Island
Grocery 101: Holiday Essentials
Where to purchase Prime Dry Age Meats on Long Island
Where and how to purchase a lobster (and other seafood) on Long Island
Grocery 101: Basic Staples Lists
Long Island Farmer’s Markets: Locations and Dates
Long Island Farm Stands
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