By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer
There’s tons of food out there that’s very healthy for you, but here’s four that are so powerful, they’re superstars in the world of nutrition.
The best part? These four items are also affordable, available in lots of place, and rich with nutrients. Oh, and they also taste good too!
First up, we’ve got watermelons. Besides being an excellent summertime fruit due to their juicy insides, watermelons are sweet tasting, low in calories, and filled with potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin A. As an added bonus, the chemicals that farmers use to kill bugs – pesticides – have a tough time getting past the thick outside of a watermelon, so you won’t be likely to get any nasty chemicals in your system.
Next, beans and lentils are packed with carbs, iron, potassium, zinc, protein, fiber, and magnesium, which are all important minerals and nutrients for your body. An important thing to watch out for, though, is that sometimes canned beans can have a ton of salt – called “sodium” on the can – and too much sodium isn’t healthy. An easy fix for this is to wash the beans thoroughly with water, which can reduce their sodium by 40%!
Sweet potatoes are another healthy choice, because they’re filled with beta carotene, vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. For a delicious and healthy meal, try mixing them with some black beans and salsa, or slow bake your sweet potatoes with a sprinkling of cinnamon, applesauce, and crushed pineapple.
Maybe you’re more in the mood for leafy greens? Try red cabbage, which is a great source of vitamins A, D, and K, fiber, minerals, antioxidants, and even cancer-fighting enzymes! Wow! Take a bite of it raw, cook it, or add it to a salad, sandwich, and even a burger.