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Are You Eating These Healthy Foods?

By Sara Butler

There are certain foods out there that are full of disease-fighting antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins that you simply aren't eating. Why? Maybe because you don't know they exist or that they're more than a simple garnish! Here are a few healthy foods that you need to give a try in your diet.

Watercress

Water-what? This green is pretty unassuming and may not even be on your radar, but it's one of the most nutritionally dense foods out there. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, watercress is more nutrient-dense than kale or spinach. Plus, it's low in calories and can be enjoyed in a salad or a stir fry, as it's equally tasty raw or cooked.

Pomegranates

This fruit is full of antioxidants that can help to protect your cells and prevent chronic illness, such as heart disease. If you don't have to time to seed a pomegranate whole, then reach for the juice to reap the health benefits. Simply pay attention to how much you drink, since the juice has about twice the calories as a serving of pomegranate seeds and it's lacking the fiber.

Sardines

These little fish that often come in a can are nutritional powerhouses. They're full of omega-3 fatty acids that are good for your heart and your brain. They're also high in Vitamin D and don't have as many contaminants as many fish do. Plus they're sustainable, so you can feel good about the environment while you're eating them.

Quinoa

Quinoa is one of the most perfect grains on the planet. It's a complete protein, which is important for vegetarians and vegans since complete proteins are usually found in animal protein. It's also high in fiber, so enjoy it knowing that you're really providing one of the best things you can for your body.

Kefir

Kefir is simply a fancy name for drinkable yogurt. But it's not that sugar-laden yogurt your kids always want you to buy. Instead, it's a low-sugar, calcium-packed, probiotic-laden food that is good for everyone in your family. You can often find it in different fruit flavors too.

You may hear some of these foods referred to as superfoods in some circles, but the truth is they're simply foods that are good for you. Don't let another day go by in which you don't make these awesome foods a part of your diet.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Northbrook, Ill.

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