The Fit File: 7 Foods

Exercise is a key component to achieve a healthier body, but you also need a healthy diet if you want the best results. A balanced nutrition plan is important for all around health, but there are specific foods that work harder than others to get you fit.

When you read about superfoods, you might think of foods that have a high nutrient value and help keep diseases at bay. This is all true, but wait, there’s more! Superfoods also can boost your appearance by ensuring more youthful skin while helping you achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. They are good for your body inside and out. By cramming a ton of nutrients into very few calories, they pack a big punch!

Here are some important superfoods to add to your healthy eating plan.

1)  Blueberries: These little guys are high in vitamin C and fiber, both of which help keep you slim and trim. An added bonus free of charge is that they also have tons of antioxidants, which protect the body from several different kinds of cancer.

2)  Quinoa: These beads of joy are naturally gluten-free and contain iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and fiber. It is one of only a few plant foods that are considered a complete protein. Quinoa can also help alleviate migraines, due to their mighty levels of magnesium.

3)  Spinach: Popeye isn’t the only one who can reap the benefits of spinach. Just 1 cup of spinach strengthens the immune system and fights infection. It’s a two for one deal on isle “spinach”.

4)  Walnuts: Not only are these college- kid friendly because they are extremely portable, but they also help prevent the number one killer of Americans today, which is heart disease. Oh yeah, and they also help lower cholesterol so two thumbs up for that.

5)  Pumpkin — Remember that pumpkin protein bar recipe I gave you all last week? Keep that handy because the pumpkin could just be the key ingredient with all the health benefits it packs. Kicking bananas to the curb, one cup of pumpkin carries 564 milligrams of potassium to a banana’s 422. The potassium is essential for hearts and your hard earned muscles. Pumpkin seeds are also just as good for you, boosting your mood and helping out your good ole heart.

6)  Chia Seeds — my favorite! Can I pick favorites? Any who, Chia seeds enhance cognitive performance and provide hours of energy. Just one table spoon of these bad boys has more calcium than a glass of milk, more omega 3’s than salmon and more antioxidants than raspberries!

7)  Greek Yogurt — This is an excellent sources of calcium, potassium, protein, zinc, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. It is also packed full of probiotics that keep your digestive system in tip-top shape.
Add these superfoods into your nutritional regimen, and you will be well on your way to a healthier you! Keep up the good work Duhawks!

Your helper in health,
Kylie DeWees

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