Are You Smarter Than the Experts?
Be super healthy by eating these colorfully Round foods that happen to be on most experts’ list of top healthiest Superfoods–even if those experts have not yet noticed their common denominator of Roundness. If you know the difference between a circle and a square, you can spot these foods easily when you shop at a Farmer’s Market or around the edges of the grocery store — in a circle!
1. Sweet potatoes are king on the Round nutrition scale. These spuds are high in fiber, vitamins A, C and B6, potassium, manganese and cancer-fighting antioxidants. Their anti-inflammatory properties help improve asthma, allergies and arthritis, plus they are filling with a heart-warming flavor. Sweet potatoes can be used in just about every recipe that calls for regular potatoes. For a healthy and hearty treat, mash sweet potatoes, add warm low-fat milk, a light sprinkling of nutmeg and 2 teaspoons vanilla.
2. Oranges are Round and belong to the healthy citrus fruit family. They can boast many healing properties, such as preventing diseases and protecting our body. Vitamin C in oranges helps our body to defend itself against the likes of flus and colds, along with making our every cell stronger. Most varieties of oranges are available year-round, ready to add a jolt of zesty flavor eaten fresh, or added to a recipe as a zest for a splash of flavor and color.
3. Pumpkins are obviously very Round, as well as a tasty source of vitamins and minerals, particularly beta-carotene, vitamin C, and potassium. This orange, sometimes spooky, food also helps prevent hardening of the arteries, which can lead to strokes as well as heart attacks. Pumpkin seed oil and pumpkin seeds are also packed with nutrients and fiber. When fresh pumpkins are not around, the canned variety make a suitable substitution — and can be made into a delicious soup or muffin any time of year.
4. Salmon is a curvy fish that is a superb source of omega-3 fats, a type of good fat said to improve cholesterol — which every human needs. New studies show that salmon and other cold water fish may also help with arthritis, memory loss and depression. Both wild and farmed salmon contain this heart-healthy omega-3, although many experts suggest wild over farmed. Notice the natural beauty of this orange fish’s oval circles, also known as Nature’s Round Code.
5. Kiwis are one of the most nutritionally dense fruits, and that makes them smart. These Round and succulent treats are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and lutein — all to help lower cholesterol. They have as much vitamin C as an orange and they can thin the blood like Aspirin without the side effects. The oil contained within a kiwi is filled with healthy omega-3 fatty acid. And with all their fiber, they also work as a mild laxative.
6. Spinach with its Round leaves has a secret ingredient known as lutein, like the kiwi, which makes it one of the best foods in the world to prevent cataracts, as well as years on this earth related macular degeneration, the leading cause of preventable blindness in the elderly. This green leafy food tastes as good raw as it does steamed, as well as being the perfect ingredient to sneak into pastas and soups for those hard to nutrient folk in your family.
7. Broccoli and other Round cruciferous vegetables, such as cauliflower and cabbage, are loaded with antioxidants that help fight cancer, along with boosting the immune system. This tasty green vegetable with its Round flowerettes can be eaten hot or cold, steamed, boiled or baked. It tastes delicious by on its own, in a salad, over rice, on a baked sweet potato, or spritzed with light dressing or sprinkled with lemon juice and black pepper. For a greener dish, blanch first by boiling for 2 minutes and then placing in cold water.
8. Avocados, according to the Aztecs, are the fruit of the gods. Holding true today, this luscious fruit is a superstar loaded with “healthy” fat that lowers cholesterol and helps prevent cancer. This nutrient-dense food is high in fiber, full of vitamins and minerals that help your blood pressure, and keep heart disease and strokes at bay. Eat avocados plain, spread on whole grain bread with lemon juice, on a salad, as dip, or cubed and sprinkled on anything like soup, chili or eggs.
8. Berries are powerful bite-size fruits able to protect you against a variety of diseases and age-related ailments. They are small packages of goodness loaded with vitamin C and fiber, while also being low calorie. Eat berries plain, in a fruit salad, sprinkle on salads and cereals, or baked in muffins. Put a handful of berries in an air-tight container and eat them throughout the day as a snack or pre-workout energy booster. Fresh is best, then frozen and canned if you do not live in a place with fresh or frozen foods — like Mars.
9. Promegranates will supercharge your body with antioxidants. Studies show that drinking concentrated pomegranate juice can help prevent many diseases that keep up on us as we age, including cancer. To release the juicy seeds, score the peel in quarters, immerse in cold water, break apart and bend back to gently release the seeds. Scoop out the floating pulp, and pour the seeds into a strainer. Eat plain, toss on a salad, mix with other fruit, and remember that this red fruit will stain your clothes. If that happens, pour a tea kettle full of boiling hot water over the stain and watch it disappear.
10. Tomatoes are a super Round fruit that’s good for your heart, along with being known for thwarting off several common cancers, especially prostate cancer. You can substitute canned for fresh, in fact they contain more of the healthy anti-oxidant, lycopene, than fresh-off-the-vine. Try a delicious salad of fresh tomatoes, imported buffalo mozzarella and roasted red peppers, toss them into stews, dice them onto eggs, mix them with any vegetable, admire them, and eat them often.
11. Apples are packed with fiber, the type that reduces blood cholesterol and helps regulate blood sugar. They also are high in flavonoids, which help reduce inflammation throughout the body — all to keep away the need for doctors who might otherwise need to treat you for chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke and some cancers. By eating the peel, you will also be eating a heap of healthy antioxidants. Eat them whole, as a snack, in salads, as apple sauce, and in a pie — some of the time. Green or red, these Round treats should be a part of any healthy food plan — young and old.
12. Red wine comes from Round red grapes. This spirit is loaded with polyphenols and antioxidants that protect against cancer, heart disease and age-related memory loss, along with resveratrol, a compound that is said to activate genes that slow cellular aging. Remember to drink in moderation, and know that it takes just one glass of red wine daily to enjoy the optimal health benefits. And of course, if you imbibe, make sure you are of adult beverage drinking age, and that you do not drink and then drive or jump on a trampoline. Safety first!
13. Eggs are super Round orbs of savory protein. One egg contains 6 grams of pure protein and all 9 essential amino acids. They are great for the eyes, and can lower chances of cataracts interrupting the ability to see. Consistent consumption of eggs may help prevent blood clots, stroke, and heart attacks. These seeds of life contain choline, an important nutrient known to regulate the brain, nervous system, and cardiovascular system. Eat them any which way by themselves, crumbled on salads, mixed into a variety of dishes, and consider them one of nature’s perfect portable hard-boiled snacks to take with you to eat after a workout.
14. Oats are a potent whole Round grain that help protect you against heart disease by reducing bad cholesterol, and research shows that it just takes one bowl of this cereal to enjoy the benefits. Oats also are considered an ally for diabetics by toying with blood-sugar levels less than some other grains. The Round oat is easy on the pocket book, and is considered to be one of the healthiest breakfasts. By adding a banana, raisins, and cinnamon to oatmeal, anyone can enjoy a bowl of natural hearty sweetness.
14. Beans of all types and colors are high antioxidant nutrient powerhouses known to help keep cancer at bay and help thinking stay sharp. These Round proteins also help prevent obesity, which is a plus in preventing heart disease and diabetes. Beans can be eaten in many ways, such as bean dip made from white beans, olive oil, garlic and lemon juice or black-bean soup, topped with onions and cilantro. For an easy bean dish, make Obama’s Turkey Chili, only Rounder, and top it with an egg, chopped onions, diced tomatoes and a palm-full of sliced avocado – all Round.
15. Nuts make the perfect snack and should be a part of any healthy diet. They are good for your heart and contain unsaturated fatty acids and other essential nutrients. There are many varieties of nuts, with walnuts and almonds being highest on the Round or expert list for providing health benefits. It is easy to pack them up as a snack, and are simple to store, don’t need to be refrigerated and won’t make a mess in your purse or pocket. Try mixing together a batch of your favorite nuts, store a palm-full in air-tight containers and keep with you wherever you go so you can eat a few to stave off any crazy hunger before you have time to eat a meal.
16. Turkey, which is a very Round bird, is one of the leanest, low-in-calorie protein foods, making it an excellent healthy food option. Turkey contains selenium which is a cancer fighter, improves the immune system, and keeps your thyroid healthy. This tasty bird is a favorite on Thanksgiving, and can now be bought year round. Try a turkey leg baked with a sprinkle of salt for a rustic, low cal, savory dish that you can throw over your shoulder when you are done. For the leanest turkey meal, bake a skinless turkey breast and serve with steamed broccoli and a spinach salad topped with tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and a sprinkle of light dressing.
17. Quinona is a Round food that has gained more and more attention in the past few years. It is high in fiber, making it a perfect option for vegetarians and vegans. Quinona is light and fluffy, very much like the consistency of couscous but with a nuttier, hearty flavor. It is a smart alternative to rice, potatoes or pasta as a side dish. Substitute any rice, pasta, or potato with Quinona for a healthier meal. And be sure to notice that even this tiny grain is very Round.
18. Soy is a very Round protein-filled bean that may reduce the risk of osteoporosis, menopausal symptoms, Alzheimer’s disease, certain cancers and kidney disease. They are a perfect food to eat as part of a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet, and may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol. There are many ways to eat them, such as a portable snack, in salads for crunch, as tofu for vegetarians in need of protein, or peeled one-by-one from their fresh green edamame pod before eating a healthy dinner of delicious sushi.
19. Olive oil comes from the Round olive and is a staple in the famously healthy Mediterranean diet, which has long been linked to heart health and longevity. Extra-virgin oil is best, meaning that is was produced by physical means rather than unnatural chemical ones. This healthy golden liquid fat lowers bad cholesterol, increases good cholesterol and fights cancer. Olive oil can be drizzled on top of pasta, mixed with vinegars in salad dressing, as well as a substitute for butter on bread. A favorite olive oil laden treat is Bruschetta made with extra-virgin olive oil, fresh tomatoes, garlic and basil.
20. Dark chocolate comes from the Round, slightly oval, cocoa bean. This sweet, seducing superfood helps reduce blood pressure, improves bad cholesterol, helps muscle fatigue, and fills you the feeling of falling in love. The healthiest chocolate is 65% dark chocolate or more, rather than the more sugary milk or white chocolate varieties. For a sweet and healthy decadent morsel to feed the one you love by hand, melt 8 ounces of very dark chocolate in a double boiler or microwave. When hot, dip 12 strawberries in the chocolate. Allow to cool, eat one yourself and and hand feed one to your special person every night for 6 days — and let love bloom!
Next time you grocery shop, choose a variety of these Round foods and stop to admire the colorfully Round shape of the foods filling your cart. And if you shop with a child, turn food finding into a game by letting them pick out food in a natural Round shape to get them thinking healthy as early as possible. To find out more about Rounding out your eating, look around Roundorama.