One thing we love here at Viance is healthy food. If you’re reading our blog, you know that we’re always sharing healthy recipes, tips on how to make your meals healthier, and what nutrients you should be eating. Well one of our favorite health foods are those that pack in the antioxidants.
Why, you ask? Well antioxidants do a number of awesome things for your body. For starters, they protect the body from those things called “free radicals”. When you have a build up of free radicals in your body, they can cause cell damage and lead to a host of diseases like heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s, among others.
So eating foods high in antioxidants is a good thing! They help minimize this cellular damage and keep you healthy for the long run. Here’s our favorites:
This pretty fruit is perfect for topping your cereal, putting on a bit of frozen yogurt, or tossing into your morning smoothie. Blueberries strengthen your immune system and lower inflammation, and have a healthy dose of antioxidants. Try our recipe for this delicious blueberry smoothie.
These crunchy nuts are full of antioxidants and Omega 3s, packing a nutritional punch into a small package! And walnuts have that healthy fat to keep your body fit and your weight loss goals on target. Enjoy these on salads, on your morning oatmeal, or in this tasty recipe for Endive, grapefruit, & walnut salad with grilled chicken. It’s great for lunch or dinner – yum!
This leafy green is quite the popular veggie right now – as it should be! There’s lutein and quercetin in kale, both strong antioxidants that help with good vision and healthy blood flow. Need some help getting on the kale bandwagon? Here’s a link to our Kale Greek salad recipe to try today!
Next time you’re craving fries, bake up a batch of sweet potato fries instead. Our healthy recipe is just the thing to get you hooked on this antioxidant powerhouse. Sweet potatoes have vitamins C and B6, potassium, and fiber, in addition to calcium to help keep your bones healthy. We’ll take it!
And last, but not least, we have lentils which you can add to soups, salads, stews, or even burger patties! Lentils are rich in folate and zinc, which help with wound healing, cancer prevention, and preventing anemia. Try our Lentil Soup recipe – it’s easy, full of veggies, and makes great leftovers to take for lunch the next day. We love that idea!
With these and other healthy foods, you’ll be on the track to great health. For more articles about health, fitness, and weight loss, check out our Viance blog today!