Tired of making New Year's resolutions to take better care of yourself every year that never stick? Try something different this year and make a New Year’s resolution to commit to a healthier lifestyle by eating more superfoods. Superfoods are foods that have demonstrated healthy effects on the body, like lowering cancer risks and providing a high number of nutrients. Plus, superfoods are delicious so you'll be more likely to keep up this resolution. When you eat right, you feel good. What better way to start your year?

What’s So Super?
Try starting out by looking for color when picking your fruits and vegetables. The CDC recommends eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, such as green spinach, black beans, and orange sweet potatoes. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that at least half the grains you eat be whole grains like whole wheat and brown rice. Superfoods are called such because they’re particularly high in nutrients and vitamins.

Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and even cranberries add a delicious sweet twist to any meal while packing a high amount of anti-oxidants into your diet.

Your mom always told you to eat your oatmeal, and for good reason. This grain is very high in fiber and can lower your cholesterol. Try having it for breakfast or adding in your baked goods and other meals.

Pumpkin is rich in a number of nutrients including magnesium, vitamin C and E. It is also a fantastic source of carotenoids which has been linked to a reduced risk of various cancers, heart disease and certain eye conditions. The good news about pumpkin is that it’s readily available year-round in cans. You can incorporate this delicious superfood into virtually any recipe. Try pumpkin muffins with a dash of flaxseed or a savory pumpkin soup.

This tart fruit and its juice are packed with nutrients, including loads of vitamin C. Attack cancer causing free radicals in your body with a delicious snack of fresh grapefruit juice or sliced fruit on top of your oatmeal.

While these treats can help prevent heart disease, the trick to nuts is to eat them in small doses to keep the calorie count down. Try baking with chopped pecans or sprinkling fresh walnuts or almonds on a salad. You can also eat shelled pistachios, especially if you want a little extra work with your snack. Natural peanut butter can also offer you the same benefits.

This dark, leafy vegetable has high levels of vitamins A, C and K and may even help reduce your risk for certain cancers. The fiber in broccoli helps keep you regular and makes you feel full. Best of all, this vegetable is easy to cook, cheap and available all year.

Sardines and Salmon
While Sardines are often an acquired taste to many, they’re packed with calcium, iron and potassium as well as Omega-3 oils. Try making a sardine pasta or eating them on crackers. If you can’t stomach the taste, salmon is also considered a superfood—and it’s much milder.

If you would like further information about nutrition, health and even weight loss, please call North Hills Hospital at (817) 255-1000. We are here to help make your health a priority this New Year!

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