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Top 10 Super Foods

By Yana Berlin

Are you eating these top ten health foods?    

    

There are many healthy food items that never make it to the inside of your shopping cart. Some you probably never heard off, others you simply forgotten. Being fabulously forty and beyond begins with the right food choices. We took our time to give you the options and hope that these super-foods will end up in your basket next time you are at the grocery store.    

    

Topic of the Day Are Beets    

    

They are naturally sweet, in fact they are probably sweeter than any other vegetable, which means they are full of flavor and make a great addition to your healthy eating.    

    

Popeye the sailor man’s Super-food    

    

Beets are like spinach. This crimson vegetable is one of the best sources of betaine and folate. Both of these nutrients work simultaneously to lower you blood levels of homocysteine, and inflammatory compound that can damage your arteries, and increase your risk of heart disease. To add to the good nutrients that are packed in this rugged vegetable the natural pigments –called betacyanins-which make beets their color have been proven to fight cancer in laboratory mice.    

    

How to eat them?    

    

The best way to eat them is RAW, never from a jar. Heating beets decreases their antioxidant power. If you ran out of ideas on your salads, wash and peel one beet, grate and toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and add juice of half a lemon.    

    

How about a side dish?    

    

Don’t forget the leaves. Simply cut the stems just below the point where the leaves start, wash them thoroughly. You can now cut them up and use them in a salad, sauté the leaves with minced clove of garlic and a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Cook until the leaves are wilted and stems and nice and tender. Season with salt, pepper and lemon, sprinkle with fresh Parmesan cheese, and enjoy your creation.






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