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Cream of the Crop

Ever wonder what the healthiest foods are? Here are nine that make the list.

You know fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds are good for you, and these days, you’re trying to eat them more often. It can be hard to avoid the junk and highly processed foods out there, but the more you say “Yes” to whole foods and “No” to the junk, the better off you’ll be.

While it’s best to include a wide variety of healthy foods in your diet, there are a few that top the list of superfoods. Keep reading to see what nine foods you don’t want to forget on your next grocery run.

1. Walnuts

Nuts are one of nature’s superfoods. You can’t really go wrong with nuts, but if you’re looking for the most bang for your buck (nuts are generally expensive), choose walnuts. They contain more antioxidants than all other nuts, are rich in vitamin E, omega 3 fatty acids, plant serums, and healthy fats.

2. Black Beans

Full of soluble fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, beans and lentils are also inexpensive and simple to prepare. Add them to your soups, salads, or tacos. Because of their high protein content and filling fiber, they can be eaten in place of meat as your main dish.

3. Avocado

Extremely high in monounsaturated fats, vitamin B6, fiber, and folate, avocado easily makes the list of superfoods. Eating an avocado or two a week is one way you can lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart attack, and protect yourself against cancer.

4. Dark Chocolate

You don’t need to feel guilty about indulging in a small piece of dark chocolate each day. Rich in flavonoids and antioxidants that protect your heart and body from disease, dark chocolate also improves your mood.

5. Blueberries

All berries are good for you, but blueberries get the prize for healthiest berry. Rich in fiber, phytonutrients, and antioxidants, blueberries are known to protect against heart disease, cancer, cognitive decline, urinary tract infections, obesity, and high blood pressure.

6. Kale

Leafy green vegetables like spinach, Romaine, cabbage, and kale should be a daily staple in your diet. The darker the leaf, the more nutritious the lettuce is. Compared to other leafy greens, kale contains the most antioxidants. Rich in fiber and vitamins A, C, and K, kale helps fight against cancer, strengthens the immune system, and supports healthy skin and eyes.

7. Garlic

It may give you bad breath, but the health benefits gained from garlic are worth it. The healing properties of garlic have been known for hundreds of years. This potent bulb lowers blood pressure and cholesterol; protects your heart from disease; fights bacteria, viruses, and fungus; reduces inflammation; and helps prevent cancer.

8. Salmon

Fish is a great way to get your daily servings of protein. If you have to decide which type of fish to eat, go for salmon. Fatty fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. This type of oily fat is especially good for your heart and nervous system. Its powerful anti-inflammatory effects ward off heart disease, cancer, depression, and arthritis.

9. Oatmeal

Whole-grain foods are an important part of a well-balanced diet. Their high fiber content is what makes them so good for you. Oatmeal contains four grams of dietary fiber per serving and provides slow-releasing carbohydrates that keep your metabolism humming. Oatmeal is a superfood known to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and colon cancer. Fiber-rich diets help with weight maintenance and reduce inflammation in the body.