When visiting your local farmers’ market, you’re not only picking up deliciously seasonal produce, you’re also bringing home a wide array of antioxidants that can help protect your body. Here are 10 foods that should be on your shopping list.
The Power of Antioxidants
Antioxidants can be found as vitamins, minerals or phytochemicals (special plant compounds). They help repair cell damage caused by free radicals, which can mess with your immune system. Some researchers also believe that free-radical damage may be involved in promoting chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer.
If you’re thinking about picking up an “antioxidant-rich” supplement—don’t be fooled. Each fruit and veggie has their own unique combination of various antioxidants—you won’t find any of these specialized combos isolated in a pill. Your best bet is to eat a variety of seasonal produce so you can reap all the benefits.
Tomatoes are brimming with the antioxidant lycopene which is more potent in cooked tomatoes. To get the most lycopene out of your fresh tomatoes, turn them into gazpacho, tomato sauce or jam.
Antixoidants: Vitamin A, vitamin C, lycopene
Recipe: Tomato-Fennel Salad
Berries like strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are overflowing with antioxidants called anthocyanins. We’ve got 30 ways to enjoy these gems.
Antioxidants: Vitamin C, anthocyanin, quercetin
Recipe: Red, White and Blue Fruit Cups
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While there’s no magic food to melt the years away, a poor diet can take its toll on your body. Protect yourself inside and out with antioxidants, fiber and other health-protecting goodies found in these ten foods.
1. Fish Rich in Omega-3
Your skin, eyes, brain and heart will all benefit from this essential fatty acid. Found in salmon, sardines and tuna, try to eat at least one serving a week.
Get more info on mercury and sustainable fish choices; try the Salmon With Lemon, Capers and Rosemary in the photo above.
Vitamin C is vital for the formation of collagen, which gives skin elasticity. Citrus is the common source but a fresh pepper has over 250 percent of the daily recommendation.
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- Robin's (seven!) summer sips, made with fresh ingredients -- no processed mixes here.
It’s no secret that I love a cool cocktail at the end of the day. They call it “happy hour” for a reason. I’m mostly a vodka drinker but I enjoy refreshing libations with rum and tequila too. Check out my rather large selection of concoctions below. Why put cocktails on the Healthy Eats page? Because I’ve added a variety of vitamin- and antioxidant-rich fruits and juices to each signature drink. There’s definitely something for everyone (everyone over 21 that is!).
Pineapple Caipirinha: Combine in a glass: 2 lime wedges (1/2 of a lime) and 2 teaspoons superfine sugar; smash together until sugar dissolves. Fill glass with ice. Add 1-2 ounces cachaca (Brazilian rum) and 4 ounces good-quality pineapple juice. Garnish with lime.
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- Which Chocolate Won Out?
In the spirit of Halloween, we polled our Facebook fans and taste tested your favorite brands of dark chocolate. Read up on the nutrition facts and learn if your favorite dark chocolate is really a treat or just tricky marketing.
Find out which chocolate won out »