Are you trying to reduce your stress level? If you answered yes, here is a list of seven super foods you will want to purchase on your next shopping trip at your local Hy-Vee. All of these foods are packed with natural protective substances that may help you ward off diseases, help you feel energized and improve your mood. So grab some and “get-up-and-go.”
Aronia berries (also known as “chokeberries”)
Contain high levels of antioxidants, phenolic compounds and flavonoids characterized as anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins. The aronia berry has one of the highest recorded levels of antioxidant capacity among berries and fresh fruits.
A good source of antioxidants, fiber, electrolytes and phytonutrients. Try oven roasting until crisp-tender. Available year round in the produce section.
Quinoa (pronounced keen–wah) It serves up high-quality protein and plenty of fiber. The rice-like granules contain magnesium, potassium, zinc, vitamin E, riboflavin and more iron than true grains. Use quinoa in place of rice for a variety of main dishes or sides for your next meal.
Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
Provides double the protein of most regular yogurts. Also an excellent source of calcium and loaded with friendly bacteria (the “probiotics” which promote good digestion and boost immunity). Packed in easy-to-go portioned containers for a quick and nutritious burst of afternoon energy.
Edamame (green soybeans) High in folate, potassium, iron and magnesium and a good source of protein. They also contain beneficial fats, and soluble and insoluble fiber. Add them to your favorite salad.
These tiny seeds are a good plant source of omega-3 fatty acids. They are essentially flavorless and do not require grinding, making them an easy addition to your favorite dishes. Chia seeds also provide a good source of fiber and antioxidants. Add to Greek yogurt or smoothies.
This common spice may help regulate blood sugar levels after meals. It may also have antioxidant effects and decrease inflammation which may be causing internal stress to your body. Sprinkle on cooked quinoa or oatmeal for a power-packed breakfast.
Contact your local Hy-Vee dietitian for more ideas on how to incorporate these and many other super foods into your daily meal plan for a new-found energy level.
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