Healthy Foods You May Be Ignoring

kiwiWe all want to make our diets healthy, but it is too easy to get into a rut, choosing the same foods again and again.

Here are some foods that should have a place in your diet, but which you may be ignoring.

  • Kiwi: These fruits have only 50 calories each. Eat two and not only will you have had twice as much vitamin C as you would have had with an orange, but you are also getting plenty of fiber and potassium.
  • Pomegranates: There’s a lot of buzz these days about these fruits, and for good reason: not only are they good sources of vitamins C, K, and potassium, but they are also rich in antioxidants and may help reduce inflammation.
  • Broccoli Rabe: Leafy greens are good sources of vitamins A and C as well as vitamin K. They are also a good source of calcium. Never seen broccoli rabe in your grocery? Try looking for rapini, rapa or brocolletto, which are other names for the same vegetable.
  • Brazil nuts: Besides just plain tasting good, these edible seeds are a good source of the cancer-fighting mineral selenium (shell your own for maximum selenium) in addition to vitamin E and fiber. The fat they contain is monounsaturated.
  • Quinoa: This “grain” is actually another seed. It has more protein and fiber than other cereal grains, and more calcium and iron than wheat, oats or rice. If you can’t have gluten, this is a perfect “grain” option for you.