5 Super Nutritious Foods You Really Should Be Eating

Some nutritious foods are easy to work into your diet on a regular basis: Spinach? Check. Sweet potatoes? Check.

But you may be inadvertently ignoring many others simply because you never thought to throw them in your grocery basket before.

Why does that matter?

Well, variety is what makes a healthy diet exciting. If you look forward to trying new delicious dishes, you’re more likely to stick to it. Plus, all of these foods deliver nutrients you may not be getting from your usual meal plan.

Time to add a little adventure to your plate by trying one (or all) of these foods you should be (but probably aren’t) eating.

5 Super Nutritious Foods You Should Be Eating

Broccoli-Rabe-Toast-xBroccoli Rabe
Broccoli rabe is a flavorful leafy green with a bold, earthy flavor. It’s filled with fiber for good digestion, anti-inflammatory nutrients like vitamin C, and more than 100 percent of the vitamin K you need daily.

sardinesSardines
They may seem a little, ahem, gross, but these small, fatty fish are packed with brain-boosting omega-3s, and you’ll be surprised by how deliciously salty they are. (Just ask a Spaniard, okay?)

brazil-nutsBrazil Nuts
Sick of snacking on handfuls of almonds and cashews? Brazil nuts provide similar protein, fiber, and healthy fats and are incredibly delicious. They’re also rich in selenium, a mineral that has been shown to have many benefits like improving mood.

sourdough breadSourdough Bread
How excited are you that one of these foods is bread? Sourdough is “secretly” healthy since it’s lower in sugar and higher in protein than white bread, is fermented, and contains live yeast that negates the need for preservatives.

persimmonsPersimmons
These pretty fruits are more than just Instagram-worthy—they’re rich in vitamins A and C and are a great source of fiber and antioxidants.

Final pro tip? It’ll be easy to work these nutritious foods into your diet here and there, but maybe don’t try eating them all at once. Sardines and permissions on the same plate may ruin your taste for both.

This blog was created in partnership with Andy Boy.

 

5 Beauty-Boosting Foods for Healthy Hair

We all want hair that could land us on a Pantene commercial. Looking good feels good and feeling good makes you look pretty fantastic.  Don’t hate you because you’re beautiful? Sorry, good lookin,’ haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate hate…

But the latest-greatest-awesomest-best lists are constantly changing, right? From dry shampoo to ionic stylers to perfect beach hair in a bottle, keeping up with products is more exhausting than figuring out where all your bobby pins went.

The hair wands and potions in your medicine cabinet may change with every haircut, but wanting gorgeous hair, well, that’s been around longer than your trusty flatiron.

If only there were foods for healthy hair that were as reliable as that flatiron…

Um, lucky you, there is! Yes, grub can do glam.  {Tweet This}

Here are 5 of my favorite foods for healthy hair, and why you need to get eating:

1. Brazil Nuts are loaded with selenium, an antioxidant that can help prevent cellular damage, helping your hair stay healthy and supple. The amount of selenium that we need is super small but commonly missing from people’s diets. Chop two nuts up and sprinkle them on your salad or substitute three (remember, they’re big!) for your usual almonds at snack time.

2. Buckwheat is a grain that’s an excellent source of vitamin B complex, which helps with hair growth. If you weren’t already eating it for heart, weight loss, digestive tract or energy benefits, add it to your beauty shopping list. Replace your usual pasta, rice or couscous with a ½ cup serving at dinner. Save the leftover for a pilaf or whole grain salad for lunch tomorrow.  You can even add berries for a sweet dish.

3. Honey. Sweeeet! honey is magnesium-rich and linked to scalp circulation for healthy, shiny hair. A little spoonful on your yogurt or oatmeal offers all the benefits you need, so no, I don’t think a spoon and the jar is a good idea.

4. Kiwi is full of zinc, which is a prominent mineral to keep hair healthy. It helps hair grow, prevents hair loss, and (hallelujah!) prevents dandruff. Simply slice a kiwi in half along the equator and scoop out the flesh with a spoon.

5. Eggs are a gorgeous source of biotin, which is essential in preventing brittle, frizzy, damaged hair. The bonus is that it promotes hair growth. It’s super easy and wallet friendly to chow down on more eggs. Scramble up a bunch, pop them into muffin tins and bake them off for a simple snack or meal.