Fab Friday – Top 5 Fab Superfoods (pssst…it’s not a Skor bar)

April 1st, 2011

My Top 5 Super foods?

1.    Mac n Cheese (the kind with the crust on the top)

2.    Skor bar

3.    Enchilada

4.    Avocado

5.    Any kind of cheese (the stinkier the better)

As it turns out, these aren’t the actual Top 5 Super Foods. I disagree. But what the hell do I know.

“Super Foods” are by definition excellent sources for the vitamins, minerals, fats and fatty acids. They provide a nutritional boost and can easily be incorporated into meals (even Mac n Cheese).

So what are the “fab five”?

  • Walnuts – A rich source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, these are an excellent source of those hard-to-find omega-3 fatty acids. Keep in your purse for any-time snack, or just toss a handful onto your salad.
  • Flaxseed – Over 50% of the fat in flaxseed is omega-3 fatty acid, making it the richest plant source of omega-3. Buy them ground and toss them into your smoothies or mix into ground beef for burgers. They’ve been shown to prevent or reduce the symptoms of arthritis, colitis, cancer, heart disease and even acne. Add some to the breadcrumbs on the top of that Mac N Cheese.
  • Pomegranates Rich in antioxidants, these have more antioxidant properties than red wine or green tea. Among other benefits, they’re a tasty source of folic acid (beneficial to pregnant women), potassium, niacin, Vitamin C, iron, calcium and a rich source of fiber.
  • Salmon – This favorite fish is a very good source of easily digestible proteins (amino acids); fatty acids like Omega-3 in the form of Triglyceride; vitamins D, A and some of the B vitamins; and minerals like selenium, zinc, phosphorus, calcium and iron.
  • Dark greens – Calorie for calorie, dark greens are perhaps the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food. They are a rich source of minerals (including iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium) and vitamins (including vitamins K, C, E and many of the B vitamins). Try mustard or turnip greens, fresh spinach, or Swiss, red or rainbow chards. Greens are spectacular when quickly heated in a skillet with a little olive oil, garlic and lemon juice. A friend of mine actually dumps cups of fresh kale into her fruit smoothie every morning.

Thanks to Healthy Steps by Jokari for this great list. But I still take offense to no Skor Bars on the list.

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2 Responses to “Fab Friday – Top 5 Fab Superfoods (pssst…it’s not a Skor bar)”

  1. Whitney says:

    Yay, I happen to love collard and turnip greens. Of course, I love them cooked with ham.

  2. Kate says:

    Wait. Where are pretzels M&Ms on this list? TRAVESTY.

    (Yum, salmon. And, actually, yum braised kale.)

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