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EatingWell Superfoods

EatingWell Superfoods

Avocados, salmon, quinoa, and kale. Goji berries, green tea, kombucha, and turmeric. Is it health or hype that has these and many other seemingly miraculous newcomers dominating the food conversation? Now, this special edition samples and explores the many and various superfoods at the center of any discussion of lifelong health. Meet the mighty antioxidant and reconsider the power of citrus as potential cancer prevention. Revisit 10 everyday superfoods that don't have to cost a fortune and the 8 super herbs and spices that make them taste even better. From food for beautiful skin to the brain-power boost of Omega-3s, it's all here, complete with recipes for a super breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Let your palate evolve and your plate empower with this special edition about the world's superfoods.

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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
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9 min.
just what is a superfood?

When was the last time the buzz around a new superfood nudged you to put it in your shopping cart? The concept of superfoods may seem positively trendy nowadays, but these healthy ingredients have likely been with us for as long as we’ve been eating. Take quinoa, the nutritious grain-like seed that’s superfood royalty now: it was just as prized long ago in South America, where the Incans ate it as a sacred daily staple and even used it in religious offerings. And new superfoods seem to keep cropping up in our consciousness, from yesterday’s pomegranates and kale to today’s maqui berries and oat milk. But what exactly is a superfood? The term “superfood” has become so widespread that it has an entry in the Merriam-Webster dictionary: “A food (such as salmon,…

13 min.
the mighty antioxidant

These nutrient-packed foods can help stave off illnesses and ailments ranging from the common cold to heart disease. Antioxidants are like immunity superheroes. We all know that they’re here to do good, to battle unknown villains in our bodies, to bolster our health and to help stave off illness. But like myriad masked and caped crusaders in comic books, antioxidants and their disease-battling ways are shrouded in mystery. What exactly are antioxidants, anyway? Are they just amped-up vitamins? And do they really keep colds, flu and even colossal villains like diabetes and cancer at bay? It’s a riddle worth solving. “Antioxidants are critical for all aspects of our health,” says Susan Blum, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of preventive medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the…

6 min.
does a cancer-prevention diet really exist?

This year, more than 1.7 million Americans will learn they have cancer. Researchers have been working for decades to bring that number down and—despite recent headlines suggesting that a lot of cancer is just “bad luck”—the American Association for Cancer Research says at least half of all cancer deaths are, in fact, preventable if we keep a normal weight, exercise, use sunscreen, eat a healthy diet, don’t smoke, etc. Straightforward, right? If we only knew what an anticancer diet looked like. A generation ago, eating fruits and vegetables seemed like the answer, with estimates that they might lower your risk of 78% of all cancers. At one point, experts at the National Institutes of Health confirmed that the multimillion-dollar 5-A-Day campaign, which encouraged eating fruits and veggies to fight cancer and…

3 min.
the power of citrus

When the mercury dips below 30 and the roads are glazed with ice, it’s nice to know that somewhere along the sun-kissed edges of America citrus is growing. Plump, aromatic and packed with plenty of tartness, even the most basic of these fruits—oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit—scream life during a dead season. Bite into a sparkling orange and you’re reminded of southern Texas heat, California’s endless summer, Florida’s searing sunlight. Of course, citrus’s strength isn’t limited to the culinary. Just one medium orange delivers more than 100% of your daily recommended dose of vitamin C—worth its spot in your shopping cart during winter cold season. Sure, other fruits and vegetables can deliver nutrition, but none do so with citrus’s verve. In a sea of white, let it be your January…

4 min.
breakfast

Vegan Smoothie Bowl ACTIVE: 10 min TOTAL: 10 min Eat this thick and creamy smoothie bowl with a spoon! Banana and frozen berries whip together with a little nut milk for a vegan breakfast. We use fruit, nuts and seeds for topping, but feel free to experiment with whatever you like. 1 large banana1 cup frozen mixed berries½ cup unsweetened soymilk or other unsweetened nondairy milk¼ cup pineapple chunks½ kiwi, sliced1 tablespoon sliced almonds, toasted if desired1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted if desired1 teaspoon chia seeds 1. Combine banana, berries and soymilk (or other nondairy milk) in a blender. Blend until smooth. 2. Pour the smoothie into a bowl and top with pineapple, kiwi, almonds, coconut and chia seeds. SERVES 1 CAL 338 / FAT 10G (SAT 3G) / CHOL 0G / CARBS 64G / TOTAL SUGARS…

5 min.
10 everyday superfoods

Make dinner truly super by working these nutrient-dense staples into your meals. Superfoods may have a little bit of hype but are also some of the healthiest foods you should be eating every day: foods brimming with various disease-fighting nutrients and delivered in a delicious form (think: antioxidant-packed blueberries). But some super-healthy foods, especially trendy ones, are a little too exotic and expensive to fit into our everyday diets (ahem, goji berry). Others—such as, say, sardines—you’re likely to eat only once in a while. Trying new foods is great and variety is important for a healthy diet, but even while you are doing that, here are the healthiest foods that are easy to incorporate into a diet. After all, it doesn’t matter how healthy a food is if you’re not eating it…