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Five Health-Boosting Foods

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It only takes a few simple choices each day to feel your best. Here are five foods that provide a broad range of nutrients that are beneficial to your health. Enjoy them to your heart’s content!

The term "superfood" may be trendy, but it’s worthwhile to remember that no fruit, vegetable or grain can prevent or treat disease on its own.

To eat healthily, choose a super-diet instead. That is, opt for menus centred on diversity, balance and pleasure. This type of diet ensures you get all the nutrients your body needs.

However, while they don’t offer miracle solutions, some foods have a better-than-average nutritional profile, as well as a lower energy density.

Here are five interesting ways to vary and improve our diet:

Pumpkin seeds

1Pumpkin seeds

Three health benefits

  • Pumpkin seeds are a protein source and are also rich in iron, a trace element essential for proper body oxygenation.
  • They contain tryptophan, which promotes relaxation.
  • Rich in magnesium, they help reduce anxiety, migraines, muscle cramps and the symptoms of PMS.

Three everyday ideas to make the most of them

  • Use them instead of nuts in your cookie and muffin recipes. They’re ideal for preparing allergen-free dessert and snacks!
  • Roast them and add to stir-fries, salads and roasted vegetables for a bit of crunchy goodness.
  • Serve them as a snack, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and mixed with dried cranberries.
Red cabbage

2Red cabbage

Three health benefits

  • Low-calorie red cabbage sets itself apart thanks to its powerful antioxidant properties, which may provide increased protection against cardiovascular disease.
  • Red cabbage’s pigment may also prevent some cancers.
  • According to some studies, eating one to two servings of cruciferous vegetables each day may slow cognitive function decline.

Three everyday ideas to make the most of it

  • Grate some red cabbage and add to salads, burgers and sandwiches. It’s the perfect choice to add a touch of colour to your plate!
  • Try making a cream of red cabbage by pairing this cruciferous veggie with green apple.
  • Braise some red cabbage in olive oil, a dash of balsamic vinegar and walnuts. A tasty delight!


Three health benefits

  • Since they contain nitrates, beets are a great ally when it comes to optimizing sports performance!
  • Betaine—beet pigment—and folate may have mood boosting effects.
  • Beets contain fibre, which helps lower blood cholesterol, and potassium, which helps lower blood pressure.

Three everyday ideas to make the most of them

  • Add diced beets to salads, for a delicious treat. They pair especially well with apples, walnuts, arugula and goat cheese.
  • Don’t throw out the tops! Use them as you’d use spinach in salads, quiches and omelettes.
  • Reinvent hummus by adding beet purée and pecans. Serve up your creation with rusks for a quick-to-prepare lunch or a chic apéritif!
Soybeans (edamame)

4Soybeans (edamame)

Three health benefits

  • Since they contain magnesium choline, soybeans can boost cognitive function and as well as memory.
  • Soybeans contain a fair amount of protein. They can replace meat in your vegetarian meals!
  • Soybeans are an excellent source of phosphorus and may play an important role in maintaining bone health.

Three everyday ideas to make the most of them

  • Soybeans are easy to integrate into your recipes, such as soups, salads and stews.
  • Blanch for five minutes in their pods, and serve as a snack, after adding a pinch of fleur de sel.
  • Or, mash them up to make a dip that’s rich in protein and fibre. A new classic is born!


Three health benefits

  • Ground ginger is a significant source of manganese, a mineral that’s instrumental in a dozen metabolic processes.
  • Ginger prevents nausea and vomiting in people prone to motion sickness and pregnant women.
  • Finally, ginger is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Three everyday ideas to make the most of it

  • Freshly minced, ginger will perfume Asian curries and stir-fries. For maximum effect, add it at the end of the cooking time with a pinch of turmeric.
  • Cut into thin slices to make a warm and comforting infusion with lemon.
  • Add fresh chopped ginger to a skillet of hot chopped fruit to make a delicious topping for waffles and pancakes.

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