Skip the processed junk and reach for these superfood staples instead.
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Super Nuts and Seeds
It's easy to reach for foods that are saccharine sweet or full of fat when you're hungry. But they only satisfy your brain—not your stomach. And they're definitely not doing your body any favors. Stock up on these healthy bites instead; full of healthy fat, vitamins, and minerals, they're the perfect pick-me-up.
Cacao Nibs and Dark Chocolate (the darker, the better)
Yep, chocolate. Cacao nibs, the unsweetened, plant-based source of prepared chocolate, have a high flavonoid content—comparable to that of tea, grapes, and berries—as well as fiber, iron, and copper. They’re subtly bitter but contrast well in sweets and even on pasta (in place of bread crumbs) or in salads for a nice crunch. With prepared chocolate, the key is finding the darkest chocolate you can still enjoy, then eating it daily in moderation as a snack or dessert.
An Aztec staple, chia seeds have lots of calcium, omega-3s, and antioxidants. They can absorb about 10 times their weight in liquid, so they make a great pudding. (Mix with coconut or almond milk and let sit overnight.) Tiny and almost tasteless, they can also be sprinkled on anything or coated on meat/fish as a crust.
Along with tomatoes, eggs, and onions, almonds—the seed of the fruit of the almond tree—are a good source of biotin, a B-complex crucial for fat/sugar metabolism. Unsweetened almond milk (sub it in for dairy) is almost as nutritious as whole almonds.
High in omega-3s, copper, manganese, and vitamin E, walnuts also contain phytonutrients found in few other foods: Juglone (a possible cancer fighter) and morin (which may combat Alzheimer’s and diabetes).