Recently, health food trends have created a frenzy over so-called “superfoods.” Demand and prices are soaring for foods like quinoa, kale, and pressed green juice. But there are vitamin-rich foods right under our noses. Put down the avocado smoothie and check out these nine underrated superfoods.
1. Red greens
Yes, you read that right. Red leafy greens like red kale and red lettuce need to be consumed quickly, because they lose nutrients fast. Luckily, they’re densely packed with the good stuff–vitamins A, C, and K, magnesium, potassium, and high fiber.
It’s sweet enough to be a treat, but this summer favorite is healthier than you might think. One serving knocks out almost 40% of your daily vitamin C intake.
Buttery breakfasts have tarnished molasses’ wholesome name. Organic molasses is a treasure trove of minerals, including iron, calcium, and manganese. It can prevent menstrual cramping, relieve constipation, balance blood sugar levels, and even treat acne.
4. Black pepper
Pepper is the superfood next door. Sure, it’s not as exotic as acai, but it’s probably already on your dinner table. Black pepper helps break down fat cells, encourages cell growth, and prevents intestinal gas from forming.
Anthocyanins give radishes their rich red hue, and they give you powerful antioxidants, lower cholesterol, and an easier path to weight loss.
6. Egg yolks
When egg whites took the health world by storm, many nutrition nuts left the sunny-side-up behind. Now, studies show that most of an egg’s iron and folate is in its yolk. Plus, the lutein and zeaxanthin in egg yolks promote good vision.
7. Sunflower seeds
Just 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds contains over 60% of your daily recommended vitamin E consumption. The ballgame snack is also rich in magnesium, which protects your cardiovascular, nervous, and immune systems, and even staves off depression.
This small, wrinkly fruit is a favorite of gym goers because it keeps muscles strong. Dates practically eliminate the need for vitamin supplements, and they boost your energy with natural sugars.
9. Red bell peppers
Oranges get all the credit, but vibrant red bell peppers have just as much vitamin C and very few calories. They also have vitamin B6, which maintains a healthy nervous system, and lutein, which wards off cataracts.