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