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The Five Health Foods You Need to Try

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They are not necessarily miracle food cures, but if you are looking for tasty, healthy food items here are five that pack a real nutritional punch.

Angie Tillman, a nutritionist at Blount Memorial Hospital say the following foods are the "hot" health foods you can find in your grocery store: 

Quinoa:  The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations declared 2013 the year of Quinoa!  It is great nutritionally because it has a lot of protein and fiber.  You can use it in place of rice, in salads, or even as a breakfast cereal.  It's also available in products such as pasta and cold cereals.

Chia Seeds:  These little gems are rich in Omega 3 fats and high in fiber.  You can sprinkle them on salads and add to baked goods as well.  They are completely digestible in their whole form, so there is no need to grind it like you would flax seed.  You can also try them out in cereals and granola.

Greek Yogurt:  This is an excellent source of protein, packing at least twice the protein of regular yogurt.  It's perfect for breakfast or snack.  It is also a good replacement for sour cream in recipes.  Even better...it's now available in frozen form and in chip and vegetable dips.

Probiotics:  These are good bacteria that can be beneficial for gut health.  It may possibly strengthen your immune system.  Probiotics have also been shown to be beneficial in Crohen's Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  You can get probiotics in foods such as yogurt with live cultures, Good Belly Juice drinks, fermented products like Kombucha (fermented tea) and sauerkraut.

Coconut:  Coconut oil is high in saturated fat, but may not be as bad for you as thought.  It could be helpful in improving cholesterol levels, and may have some anti-viral/bacterial qualities.  It's also good at higher cooking temperatures.  It's good for sauteing or roasting vegetables.  (It's also a great natural skin moisturizer and hair conditioner.)

And don't forget coconut water!  It's higher in potassium and lower in calories than commercial sport drinks.  It also has no artificial colors or dyes. 

 

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