Superfoods for the Healthy JERK

Posted: August 22, 2012 by jerkmagblog in CRISP -- health, VAULT -- archives
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We’ve all heard the rants and questions about the food pyramid and how you should eat every day, but lets face it – no one really pays attention to the food charts. Hell, as college students we’re lucky if we eat something other than bread and pastas.

If you’re like me, you research and find blogs about food and wellness, but saving recipes and suggestions on what you should be doing to your toolbar only goes so far. You actually have to put the food in your mouth and do it frequently, I know, we’re all still catching on to this.

To help you find easy and practical things to eat, I’ve made up a list of superfoods you can eat regularly that are tasty.

Blueberries
Don’t worry; these berries won’t cause an oompa-loompa-like reaction. In fact, they’re nutritional superstars, filled with fiber, vitamin C, and cancer-fighting compounds.Studies suggest blueberries may even improve memory.

Green Tea
This ages-old health secret has been used as a natural remedy for everything from cancer to heart disease! The secret to this delicious drink? Antioxidants! The main superhero here is Epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, a phytochemical that slows irregular cell growth, which could potentially help prevent the growth of some cancers.

Strawberries
Vitamin C is the superstar of this superfood. Just one cup of these red beauties satisfies the daily requirement for vitamin C (74 milligrams per day for women, 90 for men)! Studies suggest the antioxidant helps build and repair the body’s tissues, boosts immunity, and fights excess free radical damage. And the vitamin C in strawberries could help promote healthy eye function.

Pistachios
These lil’ nuts are hiding lots of protein and fiber behind their earthy flavor and nutty crunch. Plus, they’re naturally cholesterol-free. A one-ounce serving of these nuts has almost as much potassium as one small banana.

Watermelon
Low in sugar and high in vitamins A and C, this summer treat is the prefect fresh, low-calorie snack. Studies suggest watermelon could also potentially lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. And the lycopene in watermelon could help protect the body from UV rays and cancer.

There are several other superfoods out there but these are my favorites.

Snack on!

*all summaries courtesy of greatist.com

-Brooke Leone

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Comments
  1. i save way too many recipes in my blog searching! thanks for this on superfoods…i’ve written about them in my blog too 🙂

  2. Jun 10, 2011· Bees are without doubt the most abundant pollinators of flowering plants in our environment. 70% of all flowering plants only survive as a result of bees…propolis

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