Old-Fashioned Superfoods For Your Health
By Sara Butler
Back in your grandma’s day, the terms superfood and eating clean didn’t exist. Your grandparents simply ate things that were good for them – and probably a few things that weren’t (hey, Grandma indulged, too). There are a few foods that have fallen out of fashion that are actually incredibly healthy for you. So, consider adding some of these grandma-tested foods out for your health.
When’s the last time you ate navy beans? Probably the last time you had dinner at Grandma’s house! Navy beans will provide you with a hearty dose of fiber to keep you healthy and keep you feeling full for hours. They also happen to be a great source of plant-based iron and magnesium, so they’re nearly the perfect post-workout food since iron and magnesium help your muscles to relax after a hard workout.
Kale is all the rage with the kids these days, but cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable that should never go out of fashion. It’s full of phytonutrients that help to lower your risk of chronic diseases, such as cancer. Chopped cabbage is low in calories too, coming in at just 22 calories per cup. Plus, they’re easy to grow in your garden!
You may remember your mom going on some crazy grapefruit diet when you were a kid. While it’s not healthy to just eat grapefruit all the time, it is healthy to include grapefruit as a part of a healthy diet. There’s some evidence that grapefruit can help you to maintain a healthy weight and keep your blood sugar levels in check.
Almost everyone knows that prunes are a great source of fiber, but that’s only the tip of the prune iceberg. Prunes are full of anti-inflammatory anthocyanins, a family of antioxidants that can help to fight chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and cancer. They’re really sweet too, which makes them a great way to naturally sweeten your morning oatmeal, smoothies, or yogurt. You can even make a cake out of them – Grandma would be proud!
All of these foods are still available because they have passed the test of time. You probably won’t see biscuit and gravy potato chips on the store shelves for long, but you will certainly find these healthy staples for the foreseeable future. Take a chance and try them if you haven’t yet!
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