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Nutritious Foods with a Special Health Punch

Updated on January 1, 2008

These foods aren't only yummy, they are also good for you.

Whether you are looking to lose weight, maintain a healthy weight, or live a healthy lifestyle, incorporating foods that give your diet a special health punch will help. When you have the opportunity to feed two birds with one seed, it is silly to pass up the opportunity.

The best things about these foods is that you can incorporate them into dishes you already eat. So, if you aren't a big fan of raw spinach (no matter how much you love Popeye), that's okay: there are ways to incorporate it into your diet without sacrificing taste.

Along those lines, by adding these health punches to your meals, you can make the diets of your entire family healthier!

What are the foods with a health punch?

Bananas: Awesome source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, and potassium.

Beans: Full of soluble fiber, lowers bad cholesterol levels, and filling!

Berries: (Especially blueberries) Full of powerful antioxidants, help combat heart disease and cancer, full of vitamin C, and full of fiber.

Carrots: Packed with antioxidants and beta-carotene.

Cinnamon: Helps improve memory, lowers cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, aids with digestion, and more.

Garlic: Helps lower cholesterol, helps lower blood pressure, and is a natural antibiotic that helps your body fight diseases.

Ginger: Stimulates digestion, freshens breath, helps relieve nausea, helps lower cholesterol, and relieves gas.

Peas: Full of great vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein.

Spinach: A great dose of lutein, folate, and iron.

Tomatoes: (Yes, it's a fruit, even though most of us call it a veggie!) Reduce the risk of certain cancers, act as an antioxidant, and rich in folate.

Watermelon: Filled with lycopene, beta carotene, and antioxidants.

Stay Tuned: More Health Punch Foods to Come!


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