The following healthy power foods are pretty cool: they can be very helpful in fighting against diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart diseases but also they will fortify your immune system, ensure your skin is smooth, help lose weight etc.
If you're already eating most of these, good for you! :-)
1. Parmesan cheese
We all know that calcium is key in preventing osteoporosis (especially in your 20s). Yogurt and nonfat milk help, but who wants to eat them 3 times per day?
Add parmesan to your meal plan!; its 340 mg of calcium per ounce – compared to about 200 mg in cheddar or Swiss – goes a long way toward your 1000 mg/day quota.
2. Lentils = Iron
Low-calorie lentils pack about 30 percent of your daily iron per cup cooked. About 12 percent of young women have low iron stores – at the extreme, that leads to anemia.
But one study found that even women who were iron deficient (not anemic) had poorer performances on skill tests than those with normal levels.
3. Broccoli - fights wrinkles
Cup of broccoli is loaded with vitamin C - which is crucial for the production of collagen, which gives your skin elasticity and prevents wrinkles.
It's also packed in beta-carotene, which body then converts to vitamin A. This vitamin helps in replacing old skin cells with fresh ones. (hint)
4.Spinach - loaded with key nutrients
This leafy green is high in vitamin K and also contains calcium and magnesium – a combo that may help slow the breakdown of bone that occurs as you get older – as well as folate, a B vitamin that helps prevent birth defects.
5. Pasta - boosts energy
Whole-grain pasta is loaded with B vitamins, which help your body convert food into energy.
And unlike processed grain products that lack fiber, whole grains are more filling than their refined counterparts. In other words, you'll feel satisfied with fewer calories. ( another hint )