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The Best Foods We Aren't Eating

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This list was published by the New York Times in June of 2008 and became one of the most read stories of 2009. Published again this January, it might be time for us to start listening!

Below you will find a list of the best foods that we are not eating. It has been edited to be more accessible to our daily routine and the foods, found in regular grocery stores.

Beets: These happen to be my favorite food and I am very happy to see them on this list. The NY Times article says that the best, most nutritional way to eat them is: “Fresh, raw and grated to make a salad. Heating decreases the antioxidant power.”

Cabbage: “Loaded with nutrients like sulforaphane, a chemical said to boost cancer-fighting enzymes.” Try creating a delicious slaw!

Swiss chard: What the heck is swiss chard? “A leafy green vegetable packed with carotenoids that protect aging eyes.” This will most likely be found near or around your typical trip to the heads of lettuce in vegetable section of the grocery store. Skip the iceberg next time and try these leafy greens.

Cinnamon: A delicious flavor to add to your morning coffee. The spice is said to help control your levels of blood sugar and cholesterol.

Pomegranate juice: We’ve heard this one before but have we tried it? The pomegranate is packed with antioxidants and may even have the capacity “… to lower blood pressure …” Pour a glass for yourself and see.

Dried plums: Also known as prunes, Yuck! But the way the NY Times recommends it be prepared, (Wrapped in prosciutto and baked), Yum! With tons of antioxidants, your next appetizer may be healthier than all the other options on the table at your next dinner party.

Pumpkin seeds: When scooping out the insides of your jack-o-lantern this Halloween, save those seeds! You can roast them later and snack on them through the rest of the season. “The most nutritious part of the pumpkin and packed with magnesium; high levels of the mineral are associated with lower risk for early death.”

Sardines: What don’t these little fish have? “… high in omega-3’s, contain virtually no mercury and are loaded with calcium. They also contain iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese as well as a full complement of B vitamins. How to eat: Choose sardines packed in olive or sardine oil. Eat plain, mixed with salad, on toast, or mashed with dijon mustard and onions as a spread.”

Turmeric: Mix this powerful spice into a vegetable dish and taste the delicious difference. Your body will thank you! The turmeric is thought to contain “… anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.”

Frozen blueberries: Blend these delicious fruits with yogurt or soy milk to make a delicious snack or breakfast choice. You might remember to make it again the next day, as improved memory is a product of these little berries.

Canned pumpkin: The same stuff we use for pumpkin pie! “A low-calorie vegetable that is high in fiber and immune-stimulating vitamin A; fills you up on very few calories.” Mix it with another item on this list, cinnamon, for a great, nutritious, sweet treat! How many of your desserts can say that?

Try any of these foods on your next trip to the grocery store. A change in your diet as simple as your choice of leafy greens may do great things for your overall health and well-being.

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I really liked this article! I'm going to try sardines and canned pumpkin right away!

January 9, 2010 - 2:23am
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