Move over blueberries, pomegranates, and Merlot! There's a new set of superfoods to try
Antioxidants are one of the most popular nutrition buzzwords. And for good reasons: They fight signs of aging, inflammation, and they can even help with weight loss. But when it comes to antioxidants, certain foods—blueberries, pomegranates, and spices like cinnamon and turmeric—get all the glory. It's time for the unsung heroes in your diet to get the acclaim they deserve. Read on for the top 12 underappreciated antioxidant powerhouses.
You know what else is great about pistachios? You get to eat twice as many per ounce than any other nut. Enjoy them as a healthy snack or try them on your chicken with this healthy dinner recipe.
Choose oyster mushrooms: They contain the highest levels of ergothioneine. This simple recipe for grilled oyster mushrooms is the perfect compliment to steak.
Remember that coffee itself is calorie free, and it only starts to negatively impact your health and waistline when you add sweetened syrups, sugar, and gobs of whipped cream.
Nutritionally speaking, flax is much more than just a dose of ALA. It also contain antioxidants called lignans. Two tablespoons of flaxseed meal contains up to 300 mg of lignans while 1 tablespoon of the oil has 30 mg. Research shows that lignans help fight inflammation by lowering C-reactive protein (a blood marker of general inflammation), and they might also help lower cholesterol levels.
Ferulic acid was shown in animals to decrease the negative effects on the brain following a stroke. Barley is a great replacement for rice or quinoa in your diet. This easy barley salad packs an added protein punch with the addition of hazelnuts.
Black tea requires a slightly different preparation than green tea. For the perfect black tea brew, bring the water to a full boil and then steep for three to five minutes.
Anthocyanins can help improve the health and youthfulness of your blood vessels, warding off heart disease. And if your dose of anthocyanins comes from cabbage, you'll get the added benefit of glucosinolates, another antioxidant that may help cells fight against cancer.
One cup of red cabbage contains less than 30 calories and has 2 grams of stay-full fiber. Try this quick and easy recipe for fennel and red cabbage slaw that's free of any thick and calorie-dense dressing.
Rosemary is no different—it just flies under the radar. Research suggest that an antioxidant in rosemary called carnosol may play a role in warding off Alzheimer’s disease while also acting as the driving nutrient behind rosemary oil’s effects on improving memory.
To make a simple, brain-boosting marinade, soak chicken in three tablespoons of fresh chopped rosemary, ¼ cup of balsamic vinegar, and a pinch of salt. It makes for one unforgettable meal.
Check out these 20 quick and easy ways to cook eggs to get your daily dose of lutein and zeaxanthin.
For a double dose of antioxidants, enjoy your guacamole with salsa. Research shows this combination leads to a greater absorption of carotenoids (vitamin A-like antioxidants) from the tomatoes in salsa.
Here is a simple broccoli salad recipe that you can easily make in bulk and eat throughout the week.