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Top Ten Super Foods

After attending our local Highschool Football game this past Friday night, my wife and I went to the new CVS that opened up here in town where I live. We just wanted to look around and see what all they had to offer when I saw this omelet maker, and I guess I seemed a bit excited about it, because she surprised me with one Monday when she came home from work. Thanks Wifey! I love it!

I got a chance to use it Tuesday morning and it actually makes for a pretty quick and easy omelet.

Today I used it to make some sort of toasted chicken and cheese sandwiches. This got me to thinking about diet and stuff again as I used to preach to friends and co-workers all the time about what to eat and what not to eat. I used to be so good about what all I ate, but lately I have been eating anything in front of my face. I decided to put together a list of the “Top Ten Super Foods for Better Health” to maybe help those in need and also maybe kick start myself back into a steady eating and working out regimen.

1. Sweet Potatoes

An all natural superstar. One of the best vegetables you can eat. They are loaded with carotenoids, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Bake and them mix in some unsweetened applesauce or crushed pineapple for extra moisture and sweetness.

2. Grape Tomatoes

They’re sweeter and firmer than other tomatoes, and their bite-size shape makes them perfect for snacking, dipping, or salads. They’re packed with vitamin C and vitamin A, and you also get some fiber, some phytochemicals, and (finally) some flavor.

3. Fat-free (Skim) or 1% Milk (but not 2%)

Excellent source of calcium, vitamins, and protein with little or no artery clogging fat and cholesterol. Ditto for unflavored, low-fat yogurt. Soy milk can have just as many nutritients – if the
company adds them.

4. Broccoli

Lots of vitamin C, carotenoids, and folic acid.

5. Wild Salmon

The omega-3 fats in fatty fresh fish like wild salmon can help reduce the risk of sudden-death heart attacks. And salmon that is caught wild has less dioxin contaminant than farmed salmon.
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6. Crispbreads

Whole-grain rye crackers, like Wasa, Ry Krisp, and Ryvita – usually called crispbreads – are loaded with fiber
and often fat-free.

7. Microwaveable or “10-minute” Brown Rice

Enriched white rice is nutritionally bankrupt. You lose the fiber, magnesium, vitamins E and B-6, copper, zinc, and who knows what phytochemicals that are in the whole grain. Try quick cooking or regular brown rice instead.

8. Citrus Fruits

Great-tasting and rich in vitamin C, folic acid, and fiber. Perfect for a snack or dessert. Try different varieties: juicy Minneola oranges, snack size Clementines, or tart grapefruit.

9. Diced Butternut Squash

A growing number of food stores sell peeled, seeded, cut, and ready to go into the oven, into a stir-fry, or into a soup or risotto, that is bags of diced butternut squash. Every half cup has 5 grams of fiber and payloads of vitamins A and C.

10. Pre-washed, Pre-cut Bags of Greens

Greens like kale, spinach, and broccoli rabe are nutritional power houses.
Most are loaded with vitamin C, carotenoids, calcium, folate, potassium, and fiber. Now it’s easy to squeeze
healthy greens into your busy schedule.

Come back tomorrow for a list of top ten foods that you should never eat.

2 comments ↓

#1 Darrin on 09.11.08 at 1:33 pm

Glad I am not the only one constantly getting surprised by the misses with new gadgets all the time. Wish she would tell me before I go and make a withdrawal only to find out my money has been spent already. Lol

Great article and will bookmark and hopefully follow it to a tee. I never would of imagined seeing Sweet potatoes on a healthy diet list. I might overkill on that one now knowing it is healthier then I ever thought. I love me some sweet potato pie with brown sugar and loads of butter. Yummmm. Oops guess that defeats the purpose. Lol

#2 Rich Dansereau on 09.11.08 at 1:50 pm

Just got through cutting up an huge basket of about six different varieties of organic tomatoes from my garden. I will stew them in my slow cooker and then freeze them for use this winter. Yesterday, I planted broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage in my garden; today the lettuce and spinach go in the ground. They should be ready around Halloween. This is a great post on some of my favorite foods. Oh yeah, the sweet potatoes I planted in early June should be ready in about a month!

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