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Incorporating Super Foods Into Your Diet -- Get the Most Bang for Your Calories!

Each week, there is news about superfoods and their health benefits. What is so special about these healthy foods? Researchers have studied them and determined a stronger tie to a longer life. Whether you have achieved your weight loss goals or are just getting started, these foods can guide you on the path to attaining or maintaining a healthy weight. Here’s a healthy food list I recommend incorporating in your diet — starting today!

Superfoods for Improved Health

Kiwi is an exotic fruit high in nine essential vitamins and minerals and loaded with antioxidants, which are associated with slowing the aging process. At just 40 calories, a kiwi is a refreshing treat with super nutrients that boost the immune system during times of stress.

Carrots are full of the phytochemical carotenoids that have antioxidant properties, protecting your eyes from free radicals and unstable molecules that cause cellular damage. An overproduction of free radicals results in damage that leads to cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma. One-half cup of this eye-candy has 25 calories and 2 grams of fiber.

Tomatoes are a heart healthy food jam-packed with the antioxidants vitamin C and lycopene. In some findings, people with high blood pressure who ate just two servings of tomatoes daily saw a large drop in blood pressure.

Red grapes are another heart healthy food. Just 50 calories a half cup, red grapes are filled with natural polyphenols. These sweet fruits help to lower high blood pressure, boost blood flow and reduce inflammation — all of which reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Berries keep your brain healthy according to research studies. At 40 calories a half cup, berries also fight free radicals and reduce inflammation.

Tasty Superfood Swaps  

It's easy to swap high-calorie foods with healthy superfoods, using these tips:

  • Add fresh berries to your breakfast yogurt for a burst of flavor and nutrition.
  • Bring a kiwi in your lunch bag instead of a high-calorie dessert.
  • Snack on red grapes instead of high-carb cookies or crackers.
  • Munch on raw carrot sticks instead of calorie-laden chips at mealtime.
  • Use lower calorie tomato-based sauces to increase heart health.




Author: Dr. Ryland Scott | Filed under: Nutrition | Tags: Dr. Ryland Scott, Floyd Center for Baratric Services, raw superfoods, superfood for super health, superfood nutrition, superfood raw, superfoods

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