In today’s society, everyone is obsessed with a youthful appearance and why not. We all want to look and feel our best. One of the most optimal ways to obtain this is through a healthy diet made up of antioxidant rich foods. The benefit of antioxidants is that they fight off free radicals which can be caused by stress, sun, and pollution both in the air and water. These nasty free radicals have been linked to premature aging, cancer and heart disease. So who wouldn’t want to prevent these side effects, as well as, maintain a younger faade especially if you could do so by simply changing your diet?
Well I have some good news for you. By merely picking up a few extra items at your local grocery store or farmers market, you can make the necessary changes to supplement your diet with these antioxidant super foods. Some of the best sources for this oxidant slowing molecule are green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and collard greens. These greens are chalked full of vitamins A, C & E which significantly assist in banishing free radicals. Other sources include fruits and vegetables including: peaches, apricots, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, pomegranates, grapes, acai berry, broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprout. One thing to keep in mind when incorporating these invaluable antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables is the importance of food preparation. Depending on how a food is prepared for your meal can drastically change its nutritional composition. Prolonged cooking of these foods for more than 10 to 20 minutes will cut their vitamin content by more than half. Plus fruits and vegetables that are heated, canned and then reheated lose an additional 1/3 of the vitamins. To give a little crunch to your diet, add some nuts specifically walnuts and almonds. Finally top each meal off with some coffee, green tea or red wine. Yes these popular drinks even provide you with yet another opportunity to add antioxidants to your daily nutritional intake. However my favorite super food would have to be dark chocolate. If you choose a dark chocolate bar with 85 to 100% cocoa, then you are adding more antioxidants than a glass of green tea. Now that is a diet that I can believe in.
The next time that you are trying to decide what to whip up for lunch then may I suggest a spinach salad with apricots and almonds that is drizzled with a pomegranate dressing. You can also add a side dish of yogurt with your favorite berries, as well as, sip on a fabulously refreshing glass of ice cold green tea. The best part is you can still have that chocolate that you crave without the guilt. Not only is this a healthy alternative to your local fast food restaurant, but also a terrific source of antioxidants that will make your entire body look and feel better.