Fitness Tips: July 20, 2015

Even though there is nothing that will make anybody an instant athlete, the right foods and drinks can help you work harder, train longer and look better.

Healthy Lifestyle Tip: 6 Superfoods You Should Be Eating Today
Many health professionals have their own lists of the foods they believe to have the most healing powers, and if you put each list side-by-side, some foods would even overlap. For the most part, there are certain foods that truly stand out from the rest. Those are the foods that are superfoods; healthy picks that are packed with vital nutrients that please your body and mind. These foods should also be easily accessible, affordable, and, of course, enjoyable.

  1. Almonds
    High in healthy unsaturated fat, protein, and fiber. These heart-friendly nuts are rich in vitamin E, magnesium, and iron. Almonds can appear throughout your day when sprinkled on your breakfast cereal, topped on your lunchtime salad, popped in your mouth as a snack, crunched as a crust for your fish for dinner or baked into a yummy muffin for dessert!
  2. Sweet Potatoes and Yams
    A medium sweet potato (with the skin) clocks in at about 100 calories, and it's full of fiber, beta-carotene (vitamin A), potassium, and vitamin B6. Purple sweets supply a healthy dose of anthocyanin, powerful antioxidants that fight inflammation.
  3. Blueberries
    Blueberries are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber, and are lower in sugar than some other fruits. Enjoy a cup of nature's candy for just 84 calories, 4g fiber, almost no fat and even 1g protein to help improve memory and fight off cancer. Freeze fresh blues in a single layer and store to enjoy them in smoothies and baked goods.
  4. Salmon
    Omega 3s can lower cholesterol, protect against UV damage, prevent age-related eye disease, and reduce cognitive decline; even canned salmon is a powerful choice. Try replacing your beef burger with a salmon burger!
  5. Avocado
    This heart-healthy, decadent fruit has been shown to lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol and contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds in a satisfying fashion. An avocado's creamy texture makes it a perfect substitute for traditional baking ingredients, like butter or shortening.
  6. Beans
    Beans, one of the most neglected and under-valued items, come in all shapes and sizes including black, red, kidney, cannelloni, black-eyed, or garbanzo types. Rich in fiber, these superstars help regulate your digestive tract, lower LDL and triglycerides levels, and can even help you lose weight by keeping you feeling full. Clocking in at about 125 calories per half cup, you'll also be getting 15% daily value of plant protein and 25% of your daily value of fiber!