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super foods

a couple of weeks ago i came across this really interesting article on belly bytes about the 29 healthiest foods on the planet!!!! (they're a little dramatic..)

i found out some very interesting things:

raspberries have ellagic acid (helps stall cancer cell growth), vitamin c, and fiber.
1 cup = 60 calories, 1 gram of fat, 8 grams of fiber

tomatoes have lycopene (antioxidant) and have been proven to reduce the risk of bladder, stomach, and colon cancers if you eat one every day.
1 tomato = 26 calories, 0 grams of fat, 1 gram of fiber
tip: drizzle the slices with olive oil, because lycopene is best absorbed when eaten with a little fat.

lemons & limes have limonene, furocoumarins, and vitamin c (all help to prevent cancer).
1 wedge = 2 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of fiber
tip: squeeze over salads, fish, vegetables, etc. as a fat-free flavoring.

artichokes have silymarin (antioxidant that prevents skin cancer), and fiber.
1 medium artichoke = 60 calories, 0 grams of fat, 7 grams of fiber
tip: steam over boiling water for 30-40 minutes. squeeze lemon juice on top for flavor (and added benefits).

quinoa is filled with protein, iron, riboflavin, and magnesium (check out my post about it here).
1/2 cup = 318 calories, 5 grams of fat, 5 grams of fiber
i seriously recommend dressing it up with sauce or soup or something! it hardly has flavor on its own.

pinto beans have more than 25% of your daily requirement of folate (protects against heart disease and reduces the risk of birth defects).
1/2 cup (canned) = 103 calories, 1 gram of fat, 6 grams of fiber

to check out the rest of the list, click here!

weigh in:
i'm doing my weigh in today because tomorrow is easter and i'm going to be far too busy eating back those precious 4 and a half pounds at brunch : )

to reach my goal in 28 days, i need to lose almost 2 pounds a week (1.87 to be exact). i definitely need to start working out more. and randy and i slacked on grocery shopping this week, so we need to get back on track with that. i am actually starting to feel better about my body though. yeah it's not anywhere near where i think it should be or where i would want it to be, but i'm realizing that life is too short to constantly beat myself up about the way i look. that is just no fun. and i'm all about fun : )

until next time..
<3 alaina


Heidi said...

I love your blog Alaina! You have inspired me to try to create one of my own. We'll see how that goes. BTW, Good job on your diet! For me it's so hard to diet cause I love food especially carbs! I hope you and Randy have a great Easter! Luv you guys!

alaina said...

heidi that's great! let me know when it's up so i can follow you : )
i love carbs too!!! it's been soon hard to limit myself, but it's been worth it.
have a great easter! we love you too! we'll be up that way at the end of next month - we should get together!!

Heidi said...

Yes, cousins should all do dinner or something. That would be nice. Have Randy call me or my sister so we can meet up somewhere. My # is 510-385-3563. Toodles : )