I was talking with a friend recently about "super foods". The Center for Science in the Public Interest puts out an annual calendar of super foods. Here is their list for 2014:
1. Carrots: Contain good amount of lutein, Vitamin K and fiber. Great source of beta-carotene.
2. Kale: also spinach and collards are great sources of Vitamin K-helps blood clot. (Note: will interfere with blood thinner Coumadin-check with your doctor if taking).
3. Red Bell Peppers: good source of Vitamin C.
4. Berries: Rich in Vitamin C and fiber.
5. Red Grapefruit: ½ red grapefruit contains 65% of daily carotenoids, 53% of RDA for Vitamin C, and 10% daily fiber. [Note: Grapefruit does interfere with many medications, check with your doctor]
6. Pineapple: High in Vitamin C and significant source of folate and fiber.
7. Cantaloupe: Rich in carotenoids and Vitamin C.
8. Tangerines: Significant amount of Vitamin C.
9. Red Leaf lettuce: 2 cups gives you 2/3 RDA of Vitamin K and good dose of lutein, which protects your eyes and may decrease cataracts.
10. Almonds: 50grams (about 40 nuts) of unsalted almonds have 11g of protein and only 2 g of saturated fat. Will help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.
11. Quinoa: 1cup cooked has 5g of fiber, 8g of protein and 15% RDA of iron!
12. Red Lentils: Rich in potassium, iron and Vitamin B1, 1cup cooked has 16g protein and 9g of fiber.