In today’s world of conscious eating, finding the right foods to consume can be a bit of a challenge. Did you know certain foods hold certain benefits that are especiialy beneficial just for women? Below are 10 key superfoods that can contribute to women’s health:
- Wild Alaskan Salmon: With two kinds of omega-3s in this delicious fish, women can see a benefit in pregnancy health, as well as boosting mood.
- Wild Blueberries: “They’re truly one of nature’s ultimate anti-aging foods,” says Kate Geagan, MS, RD, author of Go Green Get Lean. Wild blueberries are known to have the highest content of antioxidants, as well as anthocyanins, one of the most powerful forms of antioxidants.
- Oats: Delivering soluble and insoluble fiber, oats can help people feel fuller faster, helping to control weight.
- Broccoli: Delivering vitamin C and a good source of vitamin A, broccoli helps you feel full on less than 30 calories per serving. And it gets bonus points for fiber, folate (folic acid), calcium, iron, and potassium.
- Walnuts: "Protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3s—what else is there to say?” asks David L. Katz, MD, MPH, associate professor at the Yale School of Medicine.
- Avocados: Avocados pack high amounts of potassium, magnesium, folate, protein, and vitamins B6, E, and K. Add to that fiber and plant sterols, and you have one nutrient-dense food. Plus, heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) in avocados can actually help you lose belly fat.
- Red Beans: They are antioxidants and packed with protein, folate, minerals, and fiber, including resistant starch. Resistant starch seems to have several important benefits, like boosting the body’s ability to burn fat and helping it feel full.
- Greek Yogurt: One serving supplies nearly one-fourth of a woman’s daily calcium needs, and the fat-free variety is packed with twice as much protein as regular yogurt. As an added bonus, Greek yogurt is loaded with probiotics.
- Olive Oil: A staple of the Mediterranean diet, olive oil has long been linked to heart health and longevity. And with the delicious flavor, how can you go wrong?
- Dark Chocolate: It’s “the food you love that loves you back,” says David L. Katz, MD, MPH, associate professor at the Yale School of Medicine. Dark chocolate is loaded with magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, and phosphorus—all important for strong bones.