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Fit Woman NYC: Super Foods for Super Health

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I was introduced to the concept of Superfoods many years ago while reading a book by Dr. Steven Pratt on the subject. The idea that what you eat can make the difference between a life of chronic disease or long term good health is a well established fact in current day nutritional science. A “superfood” is one in which the particular combination of phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, and fiber can have a profound effect on your vitality and well-being. Here are a few I think are exceptional and worth including in your diet on a daily basis….

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite foods. They are delicious cooked without adding butter or oil and loaded with the antioxidant beta-carotene which is amazing for your skin and complexion.

Spinach

Packed with iron and low in calories, I’m convinced spinach single handedly fuels my busy workdays and intense physical workouts. I notice a significant difference in my energy level when spinach is absent from my diet for a few days.

Greek Yogurt

EveryBODY needs the calcium in yogurt to maintain strong bones. Did you know that greek yogurt has twice the protein found in regular yogurt varieties? Grab a lowfat flavored version as a substitute for a high fat/calorie dessert.

Eggs

Not a classic on any superfoods list, but scientists have found that eggs are one of the most nutrient dense foods available. Current research states eating one egg a day will lead to optimal health. They contain a wide array of amino acids which make them an ideal protein source. I recommend egg whites as a staple for all my clients on a low calorie diet & exercise program.

Prunes

Although blueberries have historically gotten all the good press, prunes are actually significantly higher in disease fighting antioxidents. Eating more dried plums in your diet will also help to strengthen your skeleton and stablilize your blood sugar and insulin levels. Current day folklore claims prunes even help prevent wrinkles! Eat more prunes and you be the judge.

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