Did you see our post earlier in the week about bananas? Bananas do so much for us and they taste so yummy! We thought it would be great to look at some unknown benefits of foods that are quite common. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll add some of these amazing foods into your diet once you see what they can do for you!

Avocados:

  • easily burned for energy because they are high in monosaturated fat
  • have more than TWICE the amount of potassium than bananas

Broccoli:

  • contains more than TWICE the amount of vitamin C than an orange
  • has almost as much calcium as whole milk and can actually be absorbed into the body more efficiently
  • selenium is found in this veggie, which is a mineral that has been found to have anti-viral and anti-cancer properties

Cilantro:

  • can help with UTIs (urinary tract infections), digestion, intestinal gas, nausea, headaches and coughing

Onions:

  • contain anti-allergy, antihistamine and anti-viral properties, making them a great antioxidant
  • sulfur compounds in onions help detoxify the body
  • they also help to repair cells

Pumpkin seeds:

  • being high in zinc, pumpkin seeds are beneficial in building immunity and also for the prostate
  • raw pumpkin seeds have more health benefits than roasted

Kale:

  • can help with lung congestion and is also beneficial for the immune system, stomach, and liver
  • protects the eyes from macular degeneration because kale contains lutein and zeaxanthin

Watermelon:

  • helps keep you hydrated as watermelon is 92% water
  • only 46 calories per cup
  • contains vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B1, B5, B6
  • can help lower inflammation and oxidative stress
  • can also assist in preventing macular degeneration

Blueberries:

  • in one cup of blueberries, there are approximately 4 grams of fiber
  • blueberries also contain vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese
  • this fruit has the highest antioxidant capacity of all fruits and vegetables that are commonly consumed
  • blueberries can help lower blood pressure and prevent heart disease

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Doesn’t that just make you hungry? The power of food is amazing! All of these foods could be awesome snacks during the day and they all have great health benefits. Re-vamp your snacks to make sure they’re working for you!

Sources:

http://www.mercola.com/nutritionplan/foodalert.htm

https://authoritynutrition.com/watermelon-health-benefits/

https://authoritynutrition.com/10-proven-benefits-of-blueberries/

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