Healthy eating isn't always so easy for finicky children or people who have been conditioned to like the taste of processed foods. However, when a family is committed to making healthier choices, there are many super foods that don't just tout endless health benefits–they can actually taste great, too! Sometimes it might take a little preparation to make wonder foods enjoyable to picky eaters, but the results are worth the effort.
Here are four wonder foods that should be in everyone's fridge or pantry. The added bonus? They're all relatively affordable, too.
#1. All Hail Kale
Don't dismiss this leafy plant as another tasteless alternative to lettuce. Kale is low cal, high in iron, full of antioxidants and a slew of other vitamins, an anti-inflammatory and a natural detox aid. Worried about the taste? When dehydrated, kale comes with a natural crunch and there are many companies that create very flavorful “kale chips” in everything from sweet almond date to spicy “cheese” flavors that are created solely from natural ingredients.
However, anyone can create their own kale chips with a dehydrator and natural flavors of choice. From satisfying a sweet tooth to getting a spice fix, why not use kale as a vehicle for a vegan and delicious snack?
#2. Blueberries for All
Blueberries are an incredibly powerful antioxidant and–as a seemingly “normal” food–even the pickiest of eaters like them. They're also high in potassium and Vitamin C, which is why so many doctors recommend they be added to any diet. Include them with yogurt, whole-wheat pancakes or in a protein shake for an added boost of nutrition. Of course, they can also be enjoyed solo as a low cal snack.
#3. Tomato Sauce
Think pizza has to be unhealthy? Think again. Tomato sauce is brimming with lycopene, which leads to youthful skin and a healthy heart. Heart attacks can be drastically reduced, according to recent research, simply by having lycopene added to a diet. Include it on chicken, with whole wheat pizza, or with whole wheat spaghetti for a healthier ticker.
#4. Dark Chocolate–As if Anyone Needs a Reason
Everyone gets a sweet craving every now and then, but switching to dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate or other sweets is a smart move. It's chock full of antioxidants and recent research shows that it even lowers blood pressure. The darker the chocolate, the healthier is it and the lower in sugar. Reach for a couple squares of 70-90 percent dark chocolate and curb those cravings the healthy way.
#5. The (Truly Incredible) Egg
Unless a doctor has told someone to steer clear of eggs because of cholesterol, they truly are a wonder food. Of course, egg whites are always an option for those who want to be careful of cholesterol, too. Eggs aren't just high in protein, they're also very low calorie at 70 calories each. Researchers also show that choosing eggs for breakfast–not prepared in bacon grease, of course–helps people slim down and stay full.
There are a variety of wonder foods available, so why not try them all? Count on a site like My Health Management for ideas on new super foods to try, how to prepare them and how to integrate them into a full meal. From savory to sweet, there's something for everyone.