The following delicious foods (it reads like a grocery list I’d be most interested in) are handpicked by South Beach Diet as the top 20 foods containing the highest antioxidant concentration.
Why should we be interested in antioxidant-rich foods? Here’s why: Antioxidants are naturally occurring nutrients that help prevent heart disease and cancer, and even the effects of aging. Any time prevent comes before that cast of characters, we need to perk up and pay attention!
- Small red beans (dried)
- Wild blueberries
- Red kidney beans
- Pinto beans
- Blueberries (cultivated)
- Artichokes (cooked)
- Red Delicious apples
- Granny Smith apples
- Sweet cherries
- Black plums
- Gala apples
- Black beans (dried)
Lately, I’ve been focusing really intently on holding each and every food and drink that I put into my body under the microscope. Okay, not literally, my family would send me off somewhere and my cats would disown me. I simply ask myself what that particular food or drink will do FOR me: Will it help my health or fitness goals in any way? Will it hurt them in any way? Do studies exist that indicate this food or drink could actually be harmful?
In the same way that we wouldn’t want to inhale polluted air, we should never rush to throw unhealthy food into our bodies. We want to breathe pure, clean, life-giving air and we should take the same approach with our food and drinks.
As a wife and mother, wanting to give healthier foods and drinks to my family drives me even more. I don’t want to bring things into the house that are going to harm any of these beautiful smiling faces.
Just look at the superfoods named above. As a fruit lover extraordinaire, I was delighted to see so many fruits on the list of superfoods. What an outstanding fruit salad you could make! As for the beans, these beans would work well together in a bean soup or even a bean salad. Black beans and kidney beans are also wonderful in tossed salads.
Check out this delicious, quick and easy recipe for fruit dip that’ll turn fruit into dessert in your household.