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This South American seed, often mistaken for a grain, contains all 9 amino acids the human body cannot synthesize by itself and therefore requires from diet. It is gluten-free for those with celiac disease. It is low in saturated fat, high in fiber, cholesterol-free, and low in sodium. This combination of traits and its nutrient content mean that quinoa improves heart health and blood sugar control.
Quinoa’s vitamin and mineral content, along with its protein, fiber, and healthy fats, makes it more nutrient dense than many comparable grains. It is often hailed as a superfood for these reasons. It’s definitely a food you want in your diet!
It has no taste itself, so you’ll want to mix it with other spices and tastemakers.
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Salmon is low in saturated fat and a good source of protein. A great-tasting lean meat, its omega 3 fatty acids help decrease inflammation, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of cancer. High in vitamin D and calcium, salmon is also good for bone health, reduces the risk of osteoporosis, and improves heart health.
Mix it with some salad for a delicious serving of protein, fat, and other nutrients!
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The avocado is rich in unsaturated fats, the good kind that reduces cardiovascular risks. Because it’s so high in fat, it’s also a great dietary choice for those looking to lose weight. The more the body metabolizes fat, the more it becomes conditioned to burn the fat you want to lose for energy. It also gives the body a greater feeling of satiety, so you feel more full and crave less food.
Beyond the weight loss benefits, avocados contain a lot of fiber, antioxidants, and other nutrients that reduce inflammation in the body and contribute to health.
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This nutrient rich plant contains antioxidants that can help prevent inflammation and protect against disease. The nutrients in spinach also increase satiety, so you’ll feel full for longer periods of time. This provides your diet stability, reducing blood sugar spikes from foods you might otherwise reach for when you suddenly feel hungry.
Spinach is a natural source of nitrates, which are known to dilate blood vessels to improve the flow of blood and oxygen and reduce blood pressure.