Power/Perfect Foods

A power food is one that provides the highest amount of nutrients with the least amount of calories offering optimal health benefits.   Perfect.

I know, I know.  There is no such thing as perfect.  But these ten power foods come pretty close.  Try to incorporate each of these foods into your diet (at least) once a week.  



Why?:  Contain quercetin - a substance that protects brain cells from free radicals.  Also, contains tons of fiber - which promotes healthy weight.



Why?:  Monounsaturated fats & fiber.  You will stay satiated longer.  Also contains Glutathione & Vitamin E, both prevent aging.  Plus they have been shown to prevent oral cancer, breast cancer, cataracts and strokes.  



Why?:  Fiber, potassium & YUM.  Has been shown to increase alertness, happiness (by boosting serotonin) and maintain regularity.  Also can decrease symptoms of PMS. 


Beans (Black beans, Chickpeas, Kidney beans, Lentils)

Why?:  Offer a combination of both fiber & protein.  B vitamins, iron, magnesium & zinc.  Also helps stabilize blood sugar.



Why?:  Tons of antioxidants.


Greek yogurt

Why?:  Higher in protein than regular yogurt, promoting a feeling of fullness.  Contains 1/2 the amount of sugar & less sodium of plain yogurt.



Why?:  People who eat nuts are leaner than those who don't.  As long as you don't go overboard.  Portion control.



Why?:  Tons of soluble fiber which lowers cholesterol & also targets belly fat. 



Why?:  High in Omega 3's that reduce risk of stroke & heart disease.  Also increases serotonin.



Why?:    Vit A, Vit C, Vitamin K, Folate.   Also contains phytochemicals & flavonoids.  Low in calories, high in nutrients!


Sweet potatoes  

Why?:  Vitamin B6, Vit C, Vit D, iron and magnesium.  Low glycemic index.