Power Foods Boost Nutrition
Foods that deliver more nutrition per calorie and contain vitamins and different types of nutrients are called Power Foods.
- Green Leafy Vegetables – Collard greens, chard, bok choy, kale, spinach, dark lettuce and seaweeds are green leafy vegetables that are rich sources of beta-carotene, B-Complex vitamins, and folic acid and antioxidant carotenoid.
- Cruciferous vegetables – They are rich sources of dietary fiber, complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and B-Complex vitamins. Example cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli.
- Orange Vegetables – They are loaded with antioxidants, beta-carotene, Vitamin C and E and include carrot, cantaloupe, butternut squash, pumpkins and sweet potatoes.
- Tomatoes – They are made up of Vitamin C, antioxidant and amino acid.
- Beans and Lentils – They are high fiber and are excellent sources of protein, and are rich in folic acid, Vitamin B6, iron, potassium and zinc.
- Berries and Grapes – Blueberries are packed with fiber and antioxidants. They contain beta-carotene and flavonoids (phyto-nutrient). Strawberries and raspberries are packed with Vitamin C, antioxidants and carotenoids. Cranberries contain Vitamin C and antioxidants.
Purple grapes contain Vitamin C, potassium and a flavonoid.
- Citrus Fruits – They are high in Vitamin C, potassium and folic acid and contain antioxidants. Example lemon, oranges, grapefruit and tangerine.
- Nuts and Seeds – Nuts are excellent sources of folic acid, Vitamin D, magnesium and copper. Example walnuts and almonds are rich in mono-saturated fats and are good sources of fiber and protein. Seeds are abundant sources of protein, iron, Vitamin E and phosphorus. Sunflower, pumpkin and flaxseeds are good sources of phyto-estrogen and contain antioxidant properties.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Seafood in particular are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, protein and nutrients. Example tuna, salmon and trout. Flax seeds also contain omega-3.
- Mono-saturated Fats – Heart healthy mono-saturated fats are found in canola, olives, olive oil, peanut oil and nuts and avocados.
- Whole-grain – Whole-grain breads and cereals that contain bran are good sources of fiber, B-vitamins and minerals like iron, zinc and magnesium.