There are a lot of different foods out there that pack a nutritional punch. Most people tend to stick to the usual suspects when it comes to tasty nutrition-such as apples, oranges, bananas, broccoli, spinach, and tomatoes. But variety is the spice of life. And I'll bet you didn't know the foods I'm about to tell you about packed such a powerful punch, and are quite tasty.
Since Halloween just past will start off with a Halloween staple. Pumpkin! Pumpkin is packed with the antioxidant beta-carotene, just like it's orange brother the carrot. This powerful antioxidant works wonders on your immune system among many other benefits such as lower the risk of cancer and heart disease. It's also jammed 3 grams of fiber into each serving. Remember canned or frozen is just as good as fresh because it's stored at the peak of freshness; this goes not only for pumpkin, but all fruits and veggies. Pumpkin is a vegetable by the way.
Next we have beans. Beans are super cheap. They pack a good amount of protein in them. And are an excellent source of fiber and energy. Long lasting energy because they provide complex carbohydrates. Try adding them to your salads, rice or pasta dishes, or even eaten alone they are great. Baked beans are fine too; just go light on the extra sauce.
Third are sardines. Just like tuna, basically health food in a can. But sardines pack a much higher amount of omega-3's in them. Also include a tremendous amount of calcium. And obviously very good source of protein. They may not smell too good, but their jam packed with vitamins and are pretty much mercury free.
Next would be what most people would call the big brother of raisins-Plums. Also known as prunes. They are a dried up fruit that look like a big raisin. But get this, plums contain two times the amount of potassium that bananas have, and close to 40% more antioxidants than blueberries! That's pretty awesome! Plus it is a good source of fiber. They make for a very easy snack to just take along in a little baggie, as long as you're having some protein along with it.
Lastly we have cabbage. Green or red it's all good. Cabbage contains phytonutrients. These nutrients help protect the body from free radicals much like antioxidants do. Red contains more than green, though. It is super rich in iron. It also has been proven to lower serum cholesterol. Red cabbage has several benefits over green in that it contains up to 8 times more vitamin C, and contains the antioxidant anthocyanin that helps protect brain cells. Either way, red or green, it is a powerhouse vegetable and will vastly improve your health.
Try and some of these to your diet and I'm sure you will see and feel a difference in the way you feel. Remember no diet is complete without protein at each meal and plenty of water throughout the day.