Some foods are healthy. Some foods are super healthy. And some foods pack that nutritional punch that guarantee you and yours are eating your all time healthiest. These foods alleviate any worries “Are they eating their best?” Add these 5 power foods to breakfast, lunch and dinner and get ready to flourish.
- Avocado: Loaded with healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber, potassium and folate, creamy avocados are the easiest and best way to add the healthy fats to your diet.
How to Eat: Spoon out straight from the rind. Mash into guacamole. Spread onto toast or a sandwich instead of butter or mayo. Blend with cocoa powder, agave and vanilla for a fruit dip.
- Chia seeds: This South American grain may be the world’s healthiest. It’s gluten-free and provides more omega-3 fatty acids than any other plant food. It’s also a rich source of vitamin C, protein, fiber, magnesium and iron.
How to Eat: Sprinkle chia, hempseed or ground flaxseed onto cereal, salad greens or brown rice. Add to all and any smoothies—check out this one. Spread nutty-tasting hemp seed onto PB&Js.
- Berries: Antioxidants in blueberries, raspberries and blackberries help to support long-term health. Choose organic to avoid pesticide residue. Nutritionally, frozen are just as good as fresh.
How to Eat: Eat plain or add berries to cereal or oatmeal; leave whole or purée and pour over waffles. Here’s my all time fav power smoothie.
- Quinoa and amaranth: Nutritionally, these traditional foods in South America and Africa by far trump typical North American grains. Both gluten-free, they contain more protein and calcium than wheat, oats, rice or rye.
How to Eat: Triple-wash quinoa to remove bitter outside coating, or buy a pre-washed variety. Cook in water, and then stir in applesauce and cinnamon and serve as a cereal; cook in broth, and then stir in chopped, fresh herbs. Serve hot or cold. Here’s a spicy twist.
- Wild Salmon: is perhaps the healthiest fish. It is one of the best animal sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids and protein, the two most important nutrients that kids need to grow.
How to Eat: This is seriously the go-to salmon—Glaze roasted fillets with orange juice and teriyaki sauce, or a mix of maple syrup, grated ginger and rice vinegar.