The Best Superfoods and How to Use Them

The Best Superfoods and How to Use Them
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The Best Superfoods and How to Use Them

Does your diet need rescuing? Check out these 15 superfoods with amazing health benefits and how you can use them.

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Blueberries have tons of antioxidants and phytoflavinoids and can lower your risk of heart disease and cancer. Eat a handful for a healthy snack or toss them on top of your favorite salad.


Beans are a complex carbohydrate and have a low glycemic index, which means they are digested slowly and help keep your blood sugar levels stable. Try them in a soup or stew, like a light and healthy vegetable cassoulet.


Raw nuts with the skin intact, like almonds, make a healthy snack that helps build muscle and reduce cravings. Almonds add the perfect nutty flavor to breakfast granola.

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Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of nutrients like Vitamins B6, C and D that maintain healthy body function. Try roasting sweet potato wedges in the oven for a healthy treat.

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Three phytonutrients in broccoli work together to help the body detox. For a broccoli boost, try them roasted and tossed in a healthy lemon juice.

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Both black tea and green tea provide antioxidants, but green tea contains a powerful antioxidant called ECGC that can lower cholesterol and inhibit cancer cells. For a refreshing drink, try steeping tea bags with mint leaves and adding ice.


This leafy green is rich in iron to keep you energized and strong, and its high fiber content can help regulate digestion. Spinach makes a hearty, filling base for salads.


Probiotics, a type of healthy bacteria found in yogurt and kefir, help us digest food and protect us from infections. Add your favorite fruits and toppings to yogurt for a delicious treat.

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Flax Seeds

One tablespoon of flax seeds provides 1.8 grams of omega-3s, exceeding the recommended daily intake. Try adding flax seeds to smoothies or baking them into breakfast treats.

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Salads get a major boost when you switch out ordinary greens for kale, which contains tons of nutrients such as calcium, iron, vitamins A, C and K, fiber and beta-carotene, as well as cancer-fighting phytochemicals. Try this recipe for a delightful kale salad topped with green apples and lentils.


Salmon salad makes a healthy dinner loaded with omega-3s, which provide health benefits for the heart, joints and memory.

Olive Oil

Heart-healthy monounsaturated fat in extra virgin olive oil helps lower cholesterol levels. Chopped herbs can infuse flavor into olive oil to make a delicious dip for bread.


They’re loaded with healthy fats that can curb cravings. Avocado can add a creamy, smooth texture to your salads, wraps and sandwiches.

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Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is a great source of antioxidants, which help fight against cell-damaging free radicals. Make a batch of dark chocolate bark with healthy nuts and seeds and indulge in moderation.

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This protein-rich “supergrain” contains all nine essential amino acids. Pump up the protein in your favorite salads by adding a healthy heap of quinoa.

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Does your diet need rescuing? These 15 superfoods have amazing health benefits that will leave you feeling and looking good, and they can all be easily found at your local grocery store. Skip the "fat-free" foods, the "sugar-free" ingredients and the unhealthy foods in disguise, and pick up one of these all-natural options, plus discover our helpful tips and recipes to include more of them in your diet.

Check out the slideshow above to discover 15 of the best superfoods and how you can use more of them in your everyday life.

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