Because of their disease fighting abilities, she considered the following all super foods and I am sure you can think of many more: avocados, blueberries, brazil nuts, broccoli, butternut squash and cantaloupe, edamame, flaxseed, kale and spinach, kiwifruit, lentils, onions, quinoa, sardines, tomatoes and yogurt.
We learned more in depth information about the foods, like that blueberries have the highest nutritional profile of any fruit. They boost brain health, are high in fiber, prevent urinary tract infections, improve the effect of radiation therapy and are the best bang for your buck in terms of fruits.
The RD said that the goal was to get 5 servings per day. I didn't realize it, but something like one small clementine counts as one serving. To fight cancer, it is recommended to get 10 servings per day. Sadly, the average American only eats 3 servings per day.
I went to Trader Joe's this afternoon and picked up 7 foods off of the list (I forgot to add the tomatoes I purchased to the photo below). Before my trip to the store, I did write down a few of the foods I wanted to try that I wasn't sure I had before, like brazil nuts.
On our way into class, we tried cashew and almond butters with crackers and a Black Bean salsa, all of which were delicious.
One of the other big takeaways was the following: if you hate something like broccoli, unless you can only eat it with cheese sauce on top, eat it anyway. It's better to eat that food with something not so ideal on top rather than not eat it at all. If you don't currently eat any fruit, canned is better than none at all, but fresh is obviously ideal.
I already ate a lot of the super foods we learned about. I will still remember the list every time I go to the grocery store or make a meal and will try to incorporate as many super foods into my diet as possible.
What is your favorite super food? The only item I didn't like from the list was sardines. I had sardines when I lived in Switzerland, but I didn't care for them.