While there is a large selection of berries, you can’t go wrong with the acai berry. This exotic purple berry is most commonly found in the rain forests of South America. They are considered one of the best superfoods thanks to their extremely high levels of anthocyanin, a powerful compound that battles diseases caused by oxidative damage. Unfortunately these fresh berries aren’t so readily available at supermarkets just yet, but they are found in some frozen food sections as well in the forms of powder and tablets. Whole Foods offers a goji and acai juice blend, a quick and delicious way of getting your acai berry intake (see link below).
Per 4 ounces (104 grams): Calories: 247, Carbohydrates: 4g, Sugar: 2g, Fiber: 16g
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The Chia seed is the richest plant source of Omega 3 fatty acids and contains large amounts of fiber and calcium. This edible seed can be traced back to the Mayan and Aztec cultures, yet it is no surprise people still continue to include Chia seeds in their diets today. Due to their nutty flavor, they can easily be mixed in cereal as well as smoothies. This unprocessed and whole grain super food is one to definitely include in your everyday diet!
Serving size: 1 ounce (28 grams): Calories: 137, Fat: 9g, Carbohydrates: 12g, Dietary fiber: 11g, Protein: 4 g
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Including this nutrient packed seed into your meals will bring a multitude of benefits to your body. Quinoa is 15% protein which is double the amount usually found in other grains. It is generally associated with contributing to the gluten free diet, a treatment for people with celiac disease. It can also be included in a wide variety of recipes, making it a product that can be used in all meals throughout the day. Here is my favorite quinoa recipe that I always refer back to:
Serving Size: 1 Cup, Kcal: 233, Total Fat: 3.6g, Dietary Fiber: 5g, Protein: 8g
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Are you a nut fan? Try walnuts! You don’t need a whole lot of this super food to enjoy its healthy doses of omega 3 fatty acids, copper, manganese, as well as alpha-linolenic. Most importantly, walnuts have a very rare form of Vitamin E called gamma-tocopherol which helps protect your heart from potential disease. While consuming this food in large portions is not recommended because they are high in calories, small portions of walnuts can be incorporated through out the day. Walnuts can be easily included in delicious smoothies and salads!
Serving Size: 1 ounce (28 grams), Calories: 190, Total fat: 18g, Protein: 4g, Dietary Fiber: 2g
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Salmon is one of the most nutrition packed fishes in the market. Like chia seeds and walnuts, this fish is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which is a healthy fat that reduces your risk of Cardio Vascular diseases. As well other benefits such as increasing brain efficiency, preventing loss of vision, and improving metabolism. If the vitamins and minerals in this delicious fish don’t convince you, the 22 grams of protein per every 3 oz sure will!
Serving size: 3 Calories: 127, Fat: 3.8g, Sodium: 73mg, Protein: 21.7g