Super Foods Your Body Will Thank You For

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Photo Credit: Sweat.BurnThis

Being healthy doesn't just mean being skinny. It means treating your body right - having a balanced diet and a good amount of exercise. For too long, too many people have confused dieting with eating less, rather than eating right. The reality is that if you eat right, then you can eat to your heart's content. These guilt-free superfoods are perfect snacks. Be inspired by the recipes below, or get creative and share your superfood snack ideas with us!

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Photo Credit: Driscolls

1. Blueberries 

All berries are good for you, but the bluer the berry, the better it is for you. Blueberries have the highest antioxidant level of any commonly consumed fruit. They also pack a punch, delivering 3.6 grams of fiber per cup. A few handfuls of blueberries will keep you happy all day.

 

 
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Photo Credit: IFoodReal

 

2. Quinoa

Quinoa is one of the leading super foods for a reason. This South American wonder grain, packs both fiber (2.6 grams per 1/2 cup) and protein, which is a stellar nutrient combo that will keep you satisfied for hours. You can eat it alone, or substitute it for pasta or rice. 

 
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Photo Credit: BBC

 

3. Pomegranate Seeds

You've had the juice, but it's time the seeds get a little recognition. In addition to being loaded with folic acids and those wonderful disease-fighting antioxidants, pomegranate seeds are also low in calories and high in fiber, so they satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt. 

 
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Photo Credit: Green Super Foods

 

4. Goji Berries

Snack on a few of these tart berries to naturally curb your hunger. The reason why, these super berries have an edge over other fruit with18 amino acids making them a surprising source of protein. The calorie cost of an afternoon snack? Only 35 per tablespoon.

 
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Photo Credit: Fitness Magazine

 

5. Eggs

Eggs are a great source of muscle building protein. They won't harm your heart and can help you trim inches off your waist, so dig in. Whether you eat them as omelets, scrambled or frittatas, eggs are a great way to start your morning.

 
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Photo Credit: Little Fig

 

6. Sardines

Yeah, they have a really fishy smell and some find them gross, but these tiny fish are the unsung stars of the sea. They are high in protein and loaded with omega-3s, a great combination that helps you maintain muscles and reduce unwanted fat. Here's a helpful hint, if you still can't get over that flavor and smell soak them in milk for an hour, which surprisingly gets rid of that fishy taste.

 

Need some inspiration? Check out Greatist's list of easy superfood recipes!

 

Moral of the Story: Eat right. What you put into your body is what you get out of your body.