5 Power Foods You Can Easily Add to Your Diet

May 10, 2016

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Lauren
Lead Copywriter

We here at KindHealth are healthy eaters (just ask all the poor, little sardines 50% of our team eats every day for lunch), and we’re always trying to stay up on what nutrient-rich foods we can add to our daily diets. Below is a list of our favorite power foods.

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Blueberries– Not only are blueberries low in fat and calories, but they pack a punch of Vitamin C (a one cup serving is 25% of your daily requirement), fiber and Manganese. Vitamin C helps maintain a healthy immune system AND promotes growth and development for tissues; fiber helps with cardiovascular health and digestion; and Manganese turns fats into energy. Throwing blueberries into your yogurt, cereal or smoothies is a great way to get these delicious fruits into your daily diet.

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Salmon– It’s no secret that salmon is healthy for you. Packed with protein, Omega-3s and Vitamin D, this tasty fish is a one-stop shop for nutrients. Protein is important for your bones, skin, hair, nails, muscles, cartilage- you name it! Our body craves protein and it can aid in weight loss and boost energy levels; Omega-3s reduce your triglyceride levels (which helps prevent heart disease), ease joint paint and can potentially protect against dementia; and Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which leads to healthy bones.

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Kale– Over the past few years, kale has become a darling of the health food scene, not only showing up in salads, but also making appearances in snacks and entrees. A cup of kale offers 659% of your daily Vitamin A requirement and 900% of your Vitamin K requirement. What’s Vitamin K, you ask? Vitamin K regulates blood clotting and transports calcium through the body, which can help counter bone loss and osteoporosis. Add kale to your favorite salads or throw it in soup, omelets or as a side to your salmon dinner.

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Almonds– Almonds are definitely a power food, offering high levels of Vitamin E, fiber, magnesium, phytosterols and riboflavin. Phytosterols are plant-derived compounds that help lower your LDL cholesterol and could potentially lower your risk of cancer. Vitamin E can help with preventing the hardening of arteries, treating diabetes and preventing cancer. Throw shaved almonds on your salad, cereal or your favorite chicken dish.

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Chocolate– Cocoa, one of the main ingredients of chocolate, is known for having flavonoids, which are rich in antioxidants and help with anti-inflammation. Flavonoids and antioxidants can help fight off free radicals which can decrease your risk of cancer. The more cocoa and less milk and sugar your chocolate has, the better for you. (We know that sucks; milk chocolate is the best!) As for how to get chocolate into your daily routine, we don’t think we need to tell you.