While all foods have health benefits, some can go a little further. And the good news is, not all “super foods” have to be expensive or complicated. The Frances Stern Nutrition Center recommends 5 budget superfoods to add to your shopping list!
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants which held reduce inflammation, vitamins and minerals that support healthy metabolism, and fiber that helps maintain the health of the digestive system. Who know something so small could pack such a healthy punch?
Cinnamon, the less expensive cousin of turmeric, is full of potent antioxidants that help reduce inflammation throughout the body.
Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a great source of protein and fiber. Protein is essential to your everyday diet as it helps build and repair cells in the body. Chickpeas are also full of fiber that helps maintain the health of the digestive system. The fun thing about chickpeas is their versatility. They can be roasted, added to soup or salad, or pureed into hummus for dipping. Opt for the low sodium or no salt added varieties when buying the canned option.
Spinach is a green leafy vegetable that is full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Did you know that 100 grams of spinach has about the same amount of iron as 100 grams of ground beef?
Lentils, like beans, are a great source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They are particularly high in magnesium which is important for nerve, muscle, heart, and bone health. This makes them a great substitute for Meatless Monday.