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6 Budget-Friendly Superfood
November 2, 2015

Superfoods are key for any grocery-shopping list. We all know the benefit of superfoods such as blueberries or salmon, they are sources of anti-oxidants and essential nutrients. They may super healthy, but they are not super affordable. Here are six great low-cost choices of superfood that we don’t hear about often. Start filling up your shopping cart with this list!
 

Apple

Sweet or tart, apples are satisfying eaten raw or baked into a delicious dish. Just be sure to eat the skin-it contains heart-healthy flavonoids.

Health benefits include:
Full of antioxidants
4 grams of dietary fiber per serving

 

Cauliflower

The sweet, slightly nutty flavor of cauliflower is perfect for any dishes. It’s wonderful steamed, but it can also be blended to create a mashed-potato-like texture or pureed into soup.

Health benefits include:

Compounds that may help to prevent cancer

Phytonutrients may lower cholesterol

Excellent source of vitamin C

 

Pumpkin


Pumpkin can be used for much more than jack-o-lanterns. Its sweet taste and moist texture make it ideal for pies, cakes and even pudding!

Health benefits include:

Rich in potassium

More than 20% of your DRI of fiber

Good source of B vitamins

 

Sweet Potatoes

These veggies are for much more than just a healthy snack. More nutritionally dense than their white-potato counterparts, try-roasting them-they’ll taste delicious and you may maintain more vitamins than when they’re boiled.

Health benefits include:

Excellent source of vitamin A

Good source of iron

Anti-inflammatory benefits

 

Dates

This Middle Eastern favorite is a sweet fruit that is perfect braised in stews, chopped up in desserts, or stuffed with cream cheese or almonds.


Health benefits include:

Low in fat

Good source of fiber

Good source of potassium

 

Turnips

Tender and mild, these root vegetables are a great alternative to radishes and cabbage. To flavor these veggies, use fennel, breadcrumbs or even brown sugar. Turnip leaves, which taste like mustard leaves, are easy to cook and dense in nutrients.

Health benefits include:

The roots are a good source of vitamin C

Turnip leaves are an excellent source of vitamins A, K and folate