Looking to add some healthy foods to your diet? The four listed below are chock full of vitamins, minerals and have a wide array of health benefits.
: These little fish definitely have a bad reputation when it comes to many people’s palates, but learn to love them; they’re packed with vitamin B12
, vitamin D, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium
, protein and more. Because they are tiny and feed only on plankton, sardines have an extremely low mercury content, making them a safer alternative to tuna and other similar fish. There are also studies
linking sardine consumption to lower cholesterol.
Native to China and now grown in tropical regions, lychee (pictured) is a sweet, white fruit encased in a tough, reddish skin. Lychee fruits contain a great amount of vitamin C
and magnesium and are a good source of fiber
. Lychee has been noted as a strong antioxidant
in various studies.
Often overlooked for grains like rice and pasta, quinoa is an excellent alternative to both. Native to South America, quinoa encompasses 9 essential amino acids
(which makes it a unique complete protein
) and is high in magnesium, iron and riboflavin. Another bonus is that quinoa is gluten-free, which can be a relief to those with allergies.
A type of seaweed, this form of kelp is often found in Japanese cuisine. It should make its way into your food, too, since it is an excellent source of calcium, iodine, vitamin A and a host of other minerals. According to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute
, arame contains elements that land vegetables may not have because of soil demineralization.