by Lindsay Pace
The best news about “superfoods” – you know, foods that offer a nutritional bang for the buck – are that they’re pretty common. Buy peak-season when possible for increased flavor and reduced cost.
Blueberries: These sweet berries offer vitamins C, K and manganese. Mostly water, they’re hydrating, too.
Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats: Oats are incredibly nutritious – and fiber-intensive. A half-cup serving offers nearly a quarter of one’s recommended daily intake of magnesium, copper, iron, zinc and vitamin B1.
Raw, Unsalted Cashews: Cashews are rich in unsaturated fats, or heart-helpful fats. They’re also high in copper, a nutrient important for immunity.
Dark Chocolate: Quality dark chocolate is high in oleic acid, a heart-healthy fat. A few squares also provide a nice helping of copper and magnesium, compounds that help the body create energy.
Grapes: Not only are grapes hydrating, their skin offers resveratrol – which could be, in turn, great for our skin. Resveratrol is a polyphenol shown to protect cells against cellular damage.