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Five of the Healthiest Foods

by Mackenzie M. September 29th, 2011 | Nutrition
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Rather than, or in addition to, taking a daily vitamin supplement, there are many foods from around the world that will provide the same health benefits, combined with great taste. With all of the scientific research going on about which foods are the best for us, certain “super foods” have been highlighted.

Speaking on behalf of my own experience, incorporating these food products into your daily diet will not only make you feel more energetic, but they will provide you with all of your daily vitamins and minerals, and more. Here is a list of five of these “super foods.”  They can be found at almost every local grocery store.

Mushrooms

These are commonly garnishes or minor ingredients in meals, but they definitely have the potential to stand in as a main course. Mushrooms are filling and flavorful, and they can act as a perfect stand in for beef. Mushrooms, if replacing beef, can slash 400 calories off of your meal, and they also have been known to protect against some forms of cancer.

Nut Butters

Skip your normal peanut butter you buy at a big-box supermarket, and replace it with all-natural peanut or almond butter. Specifically, almond butter abounds with monounsaturated fats and proteins. Containing no sugar, all-natural nut butters are perfect on whole-wheat toast with organic jelly, for a healthy, balanced breakfast. I recommend Maranatha brand almond butter.

Oats

Oats are quite possibly the oldest known super food. Generations of Americans have sworn by oats as the secret to a long and healthy life. Oats help regulate cholesterol, fight against heart disease, and are full of soluble fiber that has a filling effect, curbing your appetite until lunch. Homemade oatmeal, sprinkled with some organic brown sugar is the most quintessential nutritious breakfast.

Chicken Breasts

As a college student, I can honestly say that this is my favorite dish on the list of healthy foods. I eat at least 3-4 chicken breasts per week, and for good reason. They are one of the simplest and most versatile dinner dishes available. Any sort of seasoning makes the chicken taste delicious. Nutritionally speaking, the meat is also very healthy. Half a breast has only 2.5 grams of fat and 22 grams of protein. My favorite way to cook chicken breasts is to coat them in Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning, then squeeze fresh juice from limes picked from the tree in front of my house.

Avocados

The hottest super food right now is the delicious and unbelievably healthy avocado. Every restaurant, from local cafes to the Subway chain, are adding avocado to their menu to keep up with demand. Avocados add a gentle flavor to any sandwich, and healthy guacamole can be prepared at home using only avocado, onion, a spice packet, sour cream, and limejuice. Avocados provide 20% of your daily fiber requirement, and they also have a large number of monounsaturated fats. Avocados are the perfect food for a snack, dinner, or party dish.

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