4 Unexpected Superfoods that Won't Break the Bank
Step aside, goji berries, acai and spirulina… Superfoods do not have to be exotic or pricey. Here are 4 superfoods commonly found in your local grocery store or farmer’s market that are reasonably priced, easily obtainable by the average person and best of all, super nutritious.
Celery has an impressive nutritional profile, containing many antioxidants such as vitamins C, A, manganese and beta carotene. It is also an excellent source of fiber, and is rich with minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and dietary sodium in perfect balance. It has been used by people in Asia for centuries as a blood pressure reducer. Additionally, it contains cancer and inflammation fighting compounds.
The humble banana may be the cheapest superfood around. Available for as low as 20 cents per serving, one banana comes with an impressive 34% RDA of vitamin B6, which performs many health functions in our body such as maintaining proper nervous system function, warding off cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, general infection and obesity. Bananas also support stomach and digestive tract health.
Watermelon, bountiful and budget friendly in the summertime, is actually one of the most nutrient dense foods around. It provides high amounts of many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants with a relatively low amount of calories. It aids digestion and bowel regularity with its high water and fiber content, is great for hydration, and is rich in lycopene, which has been associated with protection against heart disease and cancer.
4. Romaine Lettuce
Forget about tough, chewy dark greens like kale and chard… romaine can do it all. Not only is it high in calcium, one head of lettuce containing about 26% RDA, but it is also low in oxalic acid, an anti-nutrient that inhibits calcium absorption. (Hint: dark leafies are high in calcium but also high in oxalic acid). Romaine is also rich in water, is a complete protein with 7.7 grams per head, and surprisingly, provides 44% RDA of Omega-3 essential fatty acids.
So the next time you worry about getting more superfoods in your life, give your wallet a rest and just go for these widely available and affordable fruits and veggies instead.