10 Under-the-Radar Power Foods
When it comes to power foods that pack nutrition, fiber, and other health benefits into every serving, most people are familiar with salmon, spinach, berries, olive oil, kale, and steel-cut oats. These foods form a strong base for any high-performance nutrition program. But there are many other foods that can be just as valuable (and tasty), even if they’re not as high profile. Amanda Carlson-Phillips, our vice president of performance nutrition and research, offers this top 10 list of underrated and under-the-radar power foods.
1. Chia Seeds
These tiny black seeds, cultivated by the Aztecs during pre-Colombian times, are slowly working their way into American markets. Similar to flax, chia seeds are rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, fiber, phosphorous, and manganese. Sprinkle them on cereal, oatmeal, or salad for some crunch.
An often overlooked superfood, beets can be an inexpensive, colorful, and delicious addition to meals. Beets are a low-calorie fuel source high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and immune-boosting properties. This root vegetable, available year round, is a good source of iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, folic acid, and vitamins A and C. Canned varieties make beets a quick, inexpensive way to pack nutrients into a meal. Try the golden and ruby red varieties and even make use of the greens.
A nutty, chewy grain used in Italian cooking, farro is packed with fiber, protein, zinc, and magnesium. Compounds in farro have been linked to increased immunity, lower cholesterol, and balanced blood sugar levels. Mix farro into soups or use it as a healthy side dish.
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