By Lenny & Larry's
Every diet wants you to up the anti these days. Not ante, like in a round of Texas Hold-em. Anti…as in anti-aging, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory. Food now needs to be a miracle drug – remember last year’s miracle berry? While no food is going to make you superhuman, some foods are sorta super in and of themselves. And most likely, they’ve been right under your nose all along.
In general, you want to limit but not eliminate your carbohydrates. Yams (raw, baked, or mashed) are a great way to get your body to produce the glucose it needs and to rebuild your grey matter while you sleep without spiking your insulin. And unlike gummy grains like brown rice and pasta, yams will actually aid your digestive system instead of slowing it down.
2. Cocoa/Cacao Powder
The Incas considered it the drink of the Gods, and for good reason. In addition to being delicious, cocoa powder has great benefits for your body. It improves circulation, increases energy, and can even reduce heart disease. This magical superfood also contains a lot of antioxidants and phytochemicals. Just make sure that you get the raw or nonalkalized version.
3. Chia Seeds
Once known as the main component in Chia Pets, the chia seed has now become a star of its own. These little gems contain lots of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and even fiber. They also benefit your cardiovascular and digestive health. The best part is that they’re easy to consume. Simply add some to your morning shake or smoothie, or even sprinkle them on your favorite foods like salad, oatmeal, or fruit salad. As the seeds soak up water, they also form a gel-like substance, which works great with sweet foods like pudding or jam.
What’s green, found in the ocean, and super good for you? Seaweed is packed full of nutrients like calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, and potassium. It is also high in iodine, which helps the thyroid and pituitary glands function more efficiently. In Japanese culture, seaweed is dried into sheets and used to make sushi or marinated and tossed together as a salad. As an added bonus, seaweed also has high levels of protein!
5. Green Tea
While technically not a food, green tea has been used for centuries to treat everything from cancer to heart disease. Green tea contains a lot of B vitamins, folate, potassium, magnesium, and other antioxidants. In addition, it has caffeine, which can help you stay awake and focused at work. It’s easy to prepare a cup of green tea. Just steep some unfermented green tea leaves in hot water and enjoy.
When you think vitamin C, you think citrus. And who can blame you? After all, they both start with a C. Strawberries, however, are actually higher in vitamin C than any other fruit. In addition, the heart-shaped berries are packed with polyphenals, which aid in heart disease prevention.