16 superfoods with surprising health benefits

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16 superfoods with surprising health benefits

Relieve Headaches: Quinoa

Who knew? Brains have their own metabolism just like the rest of the body. The riboflavin in quinoa boosts this metabolism, giving the brain a dose of energy that can fight against unwanted headaches.

• Lemon-Herb Quinoa (featured)
• Quinoa Pudding
• Southwestern Quinoa Chowder

Photo by Delicious as it Looks

Boost Metabolism: Grapefruit

This pink super-fruit might be the perfect workout companion. Grapefruits contain powerful antioxidants that, when processed, cause a mega boost in our metabolisms.

• Toasted Grapefruit (featured)
• Grapefruit & Spinach Salad
• Grapefruit Cooler

Photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns)

Healthy Nails: Salmon

Trying to reverse years of damage caused by your bad nail-biting habit? Salmon is rich in Vitamin D, which fuels key nutrients that aid in nail growth.

• Baked Salmon with Creole Mustard(featured)
• Egg-in-a-Hole with Smoked Salmon
• Salmon & Feta Fishcakes

Photo by AmandaInOz

Prevent Wrinkles: Yogurt

Starting off the day with a bowl of yogurt might fight against more than early-morning hunger pains. Shockingly, the protein in this creamy snack makes it harder for unwanted wrinkles to form.

• Homemade Yogurt (featured)
• Spiced-Yogurt Cheese
• Shredded Beets with Yogurt

Photo by Delicious as it Looks

Whiten Teeth: Strawberries

This double-duty superfood provides the highest levels of Vitamin C out of all citrus fruits, and it helps whiten your smile. The astringency in strawberries can reduce tooth discoloration caused by other foods and beverages, like coffee.

• Fresh Strawberries & Dip (featured)
• Red, White & Blue Salad
• Caramelised Strawberries & Cottage Cheese

Photo by Thorsten

Sleep Better: Chickpeas

A sound night’s sleep may be a simple meal away. Surprisingly, a property in chickpeas aids in the production of melatonin, the same chemical our brain releases when we sleep.

• Chickpea Pitas (featured)
• Moroccan Chickpea Soup
• Chickpea & Chili Dip

Photo by Aaliyah's&Aaron'sMum

Boost Immune System: Garlic

We should have figured something strong enough to fight off vampires could also fight off a common cold. Garlic contains a large amount of allicin, which kills bacteria that causes infections and illnesses.

• Garlic & Capers (featured)
• Baked Garlicky Green Beans
• Garlic Soup

Photo by French Tart

Relieve Stress: Chocolate

As if you needed another excuse to eat chocolate, here it is: This sweet confection releases serotonin in the brain, which lowers stress levels and promotes happiness.

• Frosted Fudge Brownies (featured)
• Chocolate Mousse
• Chocolate Gravy

Photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns)

Reduce Excessive Sweating: Olive Oil

Next time your nerves are working overtime, load up on olive oil. Since the oil is easily digested, the body doesn't need to work as hard to process it. Therefore, it produces less sweat.

• Basic Vinaigrette (featured)
• Olive Oil Wine Crackers
• Olive Oil-Glazed Potatoes

Photo by Chef floWer

Cure Chapped Lips: Peanut Butter

A lack of vitamin B can really roughen up your pucker. The good news: Peanut butter contains the necessary proteins and vitamins for maintaining a softer smooch.

• Peanut Butter & Oat Spread(featured)
• Peanut Butter Smoothies 
• Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Photo by GaylaJ

Healthier Hair: Sweet Potatoes

This sweet superfood may be the secret to luscious locks. Packed with Vitamin A, sweet potatoes help produce important scalp oils that promote rapid growth and shinier hair.

• Roasted Sweet Potato Rounds(featured)
• Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Mayo
• Sweet Potato Casserole

Photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns)

Fade Scars: Tomatoes

Battle wounds be gone: Tomatoes help promote tissue growth, which can fade scars at a faster speed. They also provide nutrients that help cuts heal faster in the first place. This seems like a good excuse to eat more saucy foods … like pizza.

• Marinated Tomatoes & Cucumbers(featured)
• Grilled Lamb Chops with Cherry Tomatoes 
• Sautéed Chicken & Tomatoes

Photo by GaylaJ

Reduce Dark Under-Eye Circles: Spinach

Ever wonder where dark under-eye circles come from? As it turns out, this is a nasty side effect of water retention. Fret not: Spinach is high in Vitamin B, which can combat this buildup and leave your face looking fresher than ever.

• Wilted Spinach (featured)
• Spicy Spinach & Black Bean Salad
• Spinach & Banana Smoothie

Photo by Lalaloula

Softer Skin: Cooked Pumpkin

This neon vegetable isn’t only useful for setting your autumnal spread. Pumpkins contain beta-carotene, which can help keep skin silky smooth. Pass the pie, please.

• Roasted Pumpkin (featured)
• Spinach & Pumpkin Curry
• Pumpkin Hash Browns

Photo by Chef floWer

Prevent Body Odor: Rosemary

Say bye, bye to bad BO. This nonna-approved herb doesn’t only tantalize taste buds, but it annihilates the bacteria that makes sweat smelly.

• Creamy Rosemary Soup (featured)
• Rosemary-White Beans 
• Rosemary & Bleu Cheese Dip

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Improve Your Mood: Walnuts

It’s no secret that good food can improve one’s mood. However, some foods generate euphoria beyond being palate pleasing. Walnuts produce serotonin, the chemical that our brain releases to make us happy.

• Honey-Roasted Walnuts (featured)
• Maple-Walnut Granola
• Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts

Photo by awalde

From improving your mood to curing chapped lips — these superfoods go beyond being delicious by offering a variety of health benefits that are sure to amaze. Plus: More healthy living tips.

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