Before you pick up that supplement bottle, you might be surprised to hear that nutrient-packed foods can power up your defenses naturally. I think about food in two ways. First I love to eat so the food has to be good or I’m not wasting my calories. Agree?
Then I see food as an opportunity…a chance to improve my health with every meal or snack. Do you think of food that way? The more we learn about food, the more powerful we find out that it is.
Barley: This ancient grain packs plenty of insoluble fiber, which can lower cholesterol and help protect against cancer. One of my favorite ways to use barley is to add it to split pea soup. It’s quick cooking and gives even more texture to the soup.
Pomegranates: Known for their antioxidant content, the arils (seeds with the bright red fleshy fruit attached) are beautiful in sauces and just tossed in a spinach salad. A nice source of potassium, pomegranates can help lower blood pressure.
Sweet Potatoes: A terrific source of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body. Try this recipe from the Family Circle test kitchens for Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie. Instead of traditional mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes cover the pie. And the aroma of fresh rosemary and thyme will have your family coming to the table. Find more good-for-you recipes.
Quinoa: pronounced kween-wa…you sure wouldn’t know it from looking at the word would you?A source ofmagnesium, which may help reduce headaches and regulate blood sugar, quinoais also a great way to addprotein to the meal. Check out Cooking with Quinoa for Dummies written by Cheryl Forberg, dietitian for TV’s The Biggest Loser for a wide selection of recipes.
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