It is no secret that antioxidants are incredibly beneficial to good health. It is believed the antioxidants in food can help prevent cancer, reverse or slow aging, enhance your immune system, increase your energy and improve heart and other organ health.
Given all we know about antioxidants and their beneficial properties, it is amazing more people do not get enough fruits and vegetables, the primary sources of antioxidants. Experts recommend a minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, but say getting 7-10 servings is best.
There are 10 steps to getting more antioxidants into our diet.
Breakfast does not have to be a hurried toaster tart on the way out the door. This is one of the most important meal of the day. Spice up your breakfast with some strawberries, 100% juice and yogurt into a blender and presto you have just added one to three servings of fruits to your daily intake.
But if you are rushing in the morning and usually grab something on the run then even the Golden Arches can be some help here. Order a fruit and yogurt parfait and some apple slices. Though not recommended to be done frequently, but here you have your serving of fruits.
Here is an easy way to get more antioxidants in your diet. Instead of reaching our for M & Ms; how about a handful of raisins for a snack, or some fresh red or green grapes? You can even put strawberries in yogurt. Needing to hear the crunch? How about some baby carrots dipped in hummus? Consider a handful of pecans or almonds for crunch and a nice antioxidant boost. We must be smart enough when it comes to snacks because not all snacks tend to be unhealthy.
3.Lunch and dinner
It might sound lame, but adding a salad to each of your main daily meals can add the extra zing to your overall health and well-being. They do not have to be boring, salad greens as you can always mix and match colors into your salad. If you are going classic, add some red pepper slices to your green salad, some tomatoes to the Greek salad, or even berries like strawberries, cherries or cranberries to your greens. You can always make a broccoli salad for lunch, or be adventurous and mix up a rice salad with a variety of fresh vegetables like string beans, tomatoes, peppers and red onions. Sometimes we just need to be creative with our food to get the best out of it.
Berries and lots of them like strawberries, cherries, cranberries, with or without whipped cream or chocolate are a wonderful way to end your day of healthy, antioxidant-rich eating. You can also mix the berries with yogurt.
If you are a soda drinker, then replace your soda with tea or coffee, both of which boast antioxidant compounds. Have a glass of wine with dinner, or for a real change pour a glass of chai tea. All these are rich with antioxidants instead of just sugar.