Monday, March 31, 2008

Super Foods

Super Foods are foods that pack the most nutritional bang for the bite. In Dr. Stephen Pratt's book (Super Foods), he lists the 14 super foods everyone should be eating (including recommendations for number of servings, recipes that incorporate these foods, and other tips). I've listed these top 14 foods (and their second best "sidekicks") below. The second list below includes extra super foods he added in his Healthstyle book. Pack these foods into your family's diet! Most are quite easy to incorporate on a regular basis. (Click here for Super Baby Food suggestions.)

  • Beans (all beans: pinto, kidney, navy, Great Northern, limas, chickpeas, lentils, string/green beans, sugar snap peas, green peas)
  • Blueberries (purple grapes, cranberries, boysenberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, cherries, etc.)
  • Broccoli (Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, turnips, cauliflower, collards, bok choy, greens, arugula, etc.)
  • Oats (super sidekicks: wheat germ and ground flaxseed; other sidekicks: brown rice, barley, bulgur wheat, couscous, etc.)
  • Olive Oil (extra virgin; sidekick is canola oil)--not really a food, but mentioned frequently
  • Oranges (lemons, limes, grapefruit, tangerines, kumquats)
  • Pumpkin (carrots, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, orange bell peppers)
  • Soy (includes tofu, soymilk, soy yogurt, soy nuts, edamame, tempeh, miso)
  • Spinach (kale, collards, Swiss chard, arugula, mustard greens, turnip greens, bok choy, romaine lettuce, orange bell peppers, seaweed)
  • Tea
  • Tomatoes (including canned varieties) (watermelon, pink grapefruit, Japanese persimmons, ref-fleshed papayas, strawberry guavas)
  • Turkey, boneless, skinless breast (skinless chicken breast)
  • Walnuts (almonds, pistachios, sesame seeds, peanuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, macadamia nuts, pecans, hazelnuts, cashews)
  • Wild Salmon (includes canned) (Alaskan halibut, canned albacore tuna, sardines, herring, trout, sea bass, oysters, clams)
  • Yogurt (kefir, soy yogurt)

Healthstyle Additions
  • Apples (pears)
  • Avocado (asparagus, artichokes, extra virgin olive oil)
  • Cinnamon
  • Dark chocolate!
  • Garlic/Onions (scallions, leeks, shallots)
  • Honey
  • Kiwi (pineapple, guava)
  • Pomegranates (plums)

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