Are you including these 7 superfoods in your diet? You should be!

With just a few simple changes, you can include these nutritional powerhouses in your daily diet

SUMMARY: Healthy eating can be delicious! Check out these seven nutrient-rich “superfoods” that can easily be incorporated into your meals.

Beans

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You may already know that beans are an excellent source of fiber, which has been shown to lower cholesterol and regulate digestion. What you may not know is that beans may lower your risk for heart attack! A recent study showed that higher legume consumption was associated with an amazing 82% reduction in risk of heart attack.

Blueberries

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Blueberries have one of the highest levels of antioxidants among all produce which can optimize cellular health. Other health-promoting qualities of blueberries include benefits to memory and the nervous system. They are also low on the glycemic index.

Oats

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In addition to filling you up in the morning, oats pack a nutritional powerhouse. They can lower cholesterol, reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, enhance immune response to infection, and may even stabilize blood sugar.

Oranges

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Delicious and refreshing, oranges contain compounds unique to citrus which can potentially lower high blood pressure and have anti-inflammatory properties. Plus the vitamin C in oranges provides important immune system support.

Soy

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Soy products contain high-quality protein, folate, and vitamin K. Some studies also suggest that soy consumption helps decrease LDL cholesterol and is beneficial to heart health. Try to eat whole-food and fermented forms of soy instead of highly-processed convenience foods.

Spinach

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This nutritional superstar is rich in both fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins, phytonutrients, and minerals. Try it both lightly cooked (sauteing is preferred over boiling or frying) and raw to get as much nutritional benefit as possible.

Turkey

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Turkey is not just for Thanksgiving! This high-protein food helps stabilize insulin levels and provides B vitamins and important trace minerals. If possible, try organic or pasture-raised birds for maximum nutrient quality.

FROM THE HHN EDITORS:
March is National Nutrition Month! Why not start the month off right by trying these commonly available superfoods in your diet this week!

Sources: WebMD and The World’s Healthiest Foods

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