Goji berries, quinoa, spirulina — wait, ever hear of these exotic items?
Even if you had, chances are you struggled trying to pronounce them. We know we did! Healthy eaters know the benefits vegetables in their meals can serve with plenty of nutritional goodness and sometimes even more when combined together. But often the label of 'superfood' gets reserved for the next big thing, usually discovered in a Brazilian rainforest with a price tag to match.
So what if these 'superfoods' were actually right in front of you all along? Let’s discover the hidden benefits in the foods you're probably already buying.
The staple of stir-fries, bell peppers also go a long way toward getting you some important daily nutrients. Peppers offer powerful anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals, which can help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Best known for its "negative calorie" effect (note: you would have to eat a LOT of celery for this to matter), these stalks do include nutrients that can fight free radicals, not to mention apigenin, which is currently being researched as helping to prevent breast cancer.
Garlic is actually one of the more well-known superfoods on this list, touted as a great immune booster, particularly during cold season. Note: the delicious bulb can help reduce blood pressure, provide anti-clotting features, and give your body a dose of vitamins C and B6.
Black pepper is one of the most common ingredients in any dish, which is pretty fantastic, considering it has no calories and a great flavour. It has anti-cancer properties and can help with inflammation, while also reducing gas in the intestines (meaning less bloating after the meal).
Canned food on grocery stores shelves can get a bad rap, but tomatoes actually retain many of their nutrients, including lycopene (which isn't available in fresh tomatoes), vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and iron. One thing to watch out for is the salt content — choose a brand with a low-sodium option.