Super Foods for a Healthier Holiday


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When you want to lose weight or maintain weight loss over the holidays, real foods are the way to go. Even better, there are certain “super foods” that can help promote your health while helping you fit into those holiday party clothes. Here are some super food tips from Metabolic Research Center, the folks who help you lose weight with a real food menu plan.

Super Foods and Health

The so-called super foods all promote your health in some way. They might boost the immune system (garlic), keep your bones strong (dairy products and leafy green vegetables), protect your eyesight (carrots) or promote better brain function (oily fish). You'll find them in all the usual food categories: fruits, vegetables, dairy products, nuts, seeds, proteins and even fats.

Super foods generally have some specific characteristics. First, they are real foods – not processed. Many are best in the raw or minimally cooked state, like fruits and vegetables. They are often very colorful – an indication of high antioxidant content – which also makes for a pretty plate. They are endlessly versatile, and can be made into salads, casseroles, soups, stews, side dishes and appetizers.

Exotic Super Foods

In addition to the more common real foods you've probably eaten most of your life, the global market also brings you some exotic super foods. Quinoa, for example, is a grain high in manganese and phosphorous that originated in the Andes. Acai berries – high in calcium and vitamin A – come from palm trees native to Brazil. Closer to home, you'll find super foods like sweet potatoes, black beans, pine nuts, asparagus and blueberries.

Promote your health and lose weight this holiday season. Choose a diet of real foods. Make sure super foods also have a prominent position on your plate.

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