Good news: Healthy eating doesn’t require you to spend tons of money on foods that are unfamiliar to you. In fact, everyday foods like broccoli, spinach and walnuts are celebrated as superfoods, right alongside more exotic (and pricey) eats like goji berries and chia seeds.
We asked dietitian, nutritionist and author of The Flexitarian Diet, Dawn Jackson Blatner, to share her picks for the top seven foods you should be eating. Her picks are nutrient-dense, readily available at most grocery stores and many are kid-friendly. That’s a win-win-win situation!
Pick up these seven foods you should eat more often on your next trip to the grocery store:
Kale is touted as a health food for a reason. It’s loaded with blood builders, iron and vitamin K, antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E and bone building magnesium and calcium. “I’m still not sick of kale chips as a snack!”
“This cruciferous veggie (it’s in the same family as broccoli and Brussels sprouts) builds cell health, protects against cancer and boosts immunity. It’s delicious roasted, but so fun to have cauliflower rice, mashed cauliflower or even cauliflower wings!”
“Rich in healthy fat and fiber, I love it smashed on sprouted grain toast.”
Unsweetened raw cacao powder
Raw cacao powder contains flavonoids shown to improve circulation, alertness, brain health and heart health. It’s a great way to get a no-sugar fix. “Try it sprinkled on thin banana slices. If you can’t find it, the next best thing is non-alkalized cocoa powder.”
2% unsweetened kefir
“Kefir contains 12 strains of probiotics—way more than yogurt—which are important for digestion and immunity. Skip the nonfat version, since a little fat is good for building muscle and burning fat. I love a shot of kefir with a berry chaser!”
Raw walnuts dipped in manuka honey
“Looking for an easy, healthy dessert? Walnuts have omega-3 fast, similar to those found in fish, and manuka honey is rich in disease-fighting antioxidants. Manuka can be pricey, but it also doubles as a skincare treatment.”
Nothing fancy about this one, but Dawn likes to sip on a cup of peppermint tea after meals to help digestion.