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6 Super-Healthy Foods: And the Right Way to Eat Them

6 Super-Healthy Foods: And the Right Way to Eat Them

For years, I have been cooking garlic without getting the maximum from its huge health benefits. That’s because I generally add garlic to hot oil at the start of a recipe, and then add other ingredients. A nutritionist recently told me I should not be doing that.

This made me think about other favorite foods, and I have made a short list of some that need to be cooked and eaten a certain way for maximum benefit. Do let me know if you have your own tips and advice on the right way to eat everyday foods.

Garlic:  This golden great gives you more health benefits than a mere article can list. If you love garlic, get more from it by adding it  toward the end of your cooking, so that you can get most of its nutrients, without losing the flavor.

Eggplant: A nutrition goldmine, eggplant lavishes you with some staggering health benefits. The best way to enjoy it: brush slices of eggplant with olive oil and grill them for five minutes on each side. Sprinkle them with herbs of your choice.

Spinach: You do know that spinach is a storehouse of valuable nutrients, including vitamins and minerals. To get even more from this wonder green, add some Vitamin C rich food to it! Strawberry and spinach salad. Roasted red peppers. Tomatoes. All of these taste great with spinach, and reward you with extra nutrition benefits, too.

Avocado: Most of the benefits of avocado are contained in its delicate flesh. Cooking them on high heat destroys these benefits. Try to enjoy your avocados either raw or slow-cooked for a short time.

Apples: Most of the nutrients in an apple reside in the skin, so it is a shame to peel it off. The safest way to eat apples is to buy organic. If you cannot, then simply rinse them in pure water and scrub gently with a natural-bristle brush to get rid of any pesticides.

Strawberries: The best berries ever created, strawberries, boast impressive health benefits. They give you phyto nutrients, vitamins, essential minerals. They are tender, juicy, and best eaten fresh. Cooking or baking berries destroys their valuable nutrients.


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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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5:04AM PST on Dec 11, 2013

Thanks for sharing the list of healthy foods. For years, I have been including maximum of these foods in my diet plan. I had read the importance of spinach, apples, avocados and others in the blog share of Boris Wolfman that inspired me to include these foods in my everyday diet.

7:05AM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

11:00AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

Believe it or not, I'm alergic to eggplant. It makes my mouth burn.

10:59AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

You forgot blueberries! Super nutricious.

1:38AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

Love spinach, eggplant, and most berries but strawberries. Only eat small amt of garlic, will have to eat more now. But have never had avocato - have to try it. Thank you.

3:25AM PDT on Jun 13, 2013

I just started some days ago eating fruit (and apples!) with skin ^^ and my mother bought strawberries! Yay! I'll use garlic in some ways ^^ but I won't eat spinach sobs ; A ;

3:10AM PDT on Jun 12, 2013

Love all these things and eat them regularly.

9:20PM PDT on Jun 11, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

9:10PM PDT on Jun 11, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

2:24AM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

Love them all. Thanks

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