We all want to eat a healthy diet that nourishes our body with all the nutrients it needs, but that’s not always an easy task.  There’s so much conflicting health information out there and it’s hard to know which foods are best to eat.  After all, to maintain a healthy diet, you can only consume so much food.  So how do you decide which ones to include in your diet regularly?  Here’s a list of ten superfoods that will give you a great place to start.

  1. Eggs sometimes get a bad rap because of the cholesterol they contain, but scientists have discovered it’s not the cholesterol in your diet that causes high cholesterol levels, it’s the overall amount of saturated fat you eat.  Eggs are actually relatively low in fat, and high in satiating protein.  A breakfast that includes eggs will keep you full longer than one that only contains carbs, such as a bagel or muffin.  And at only 72 calories, they fit nicely into a low-calorie diet.
  2. Much fresh produce qualifies as a superfood, and tomatoes are near the top of the list.  Not only are they low in calories, but they contain lycopene, a nutrient not found in many foods.  Lycopene may help prevent certain cancers and help protect the skin from UV rays.
  3. Walnuts are high in heart protecting omega-3 fats, and make a filling snack.
  4. Blueberries are full of anti-oxidants that help protect against cancer, and a great source of phytonutrients to help fight cell damaging free radicals.  Adding these little gems to your diet regularly is a great nutritional boon for your body.
  5. Beans are an excellent source of filling fiber, while also containing a good amount of protein.  Replacing meat, especially red meat, with beans once or twice a week makes for a great, heart-healthy swap.
  6. Omega-3 fats are an important part of a healthy diet, and salmon is one of the best sources of Omega-3s.  It’s also low in fat and high in protein to help you stay full longer.
  7. Steel Cut Oats. Oatmeal is a rich source of fiber, and steel cut oats are less processed than regular oats.  Less processing means it takes more time for your body to break it down, and will keep you full longer.
  8. Leafy greens are one of the healthiest foods you can eat, and kale is a particular nutritional superstar.  Phytonutrients in kale help reduce the risk of a variety of cancers.
  9. Another great source of cancer-fighting phytonutrients, broccoli also supplies you with a dose of Vitamin C and folic acid.
  10. This fruit contains a high dose of healthy fats, helping to keep you full longer.  Fats also help with the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals.

Working these ten foods into your diet regularly will give your health a boost.  It’s always best to get nutrients from foods rather than pills, and every food on this list gives your body something it needs to function at its peak level.

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