The new superfoods: Check out these three cancer-fighters

Posted Feb. 20, 2012, at 3:44 p.m.

Eating healthy just got a lot more interesting. Introduce these three cancer-fighting, age-defying, energy-boosting ingredients, from the March issue of Women’s Health to your plates now.

1. Kefir

It has more protein and less sugar than yogurt, but with the same creamy texture, tangy taste and probiotics. These healthy bacteria are a known immune enhancer, and may protect against colon cancer.

Try it: Instead of yogurt in salad dressing or smoothies. Plain kefir is in the dairy aisle, but Lifeway makes a dessert-ready frozen variety, too.

2. Chia

One tablespoon of these nutty-tasting edible seeds has as much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal, plus bone-building calcium and heart-healthy omega-3s. Chia is also a good source of iron, which many women don’t get enough of.

Try it: On cereal, salads and soups, or use it to thicken puddings and stir-fries. (The seeds absorb liquid and acquire a gel-like texture.) Available at natural grocery stores.

3. Nutritional yeast

A single serving of these cheese-like flakes has an incredible nine grams of satiating protein and provides more than your recommended daily allowance of B vitamins to help boost energy, squash stress and decrease your risk for chronic diseases.

Try it: As a dairy-free sub for Parmesan on popcorn, potatoes, pasta or scrambled eggs. You can find this yeast in the specialty markets or health-food stores.

For more workout tips and information, check out WomensHealthMag.com or pick up a copy of Women’s Health magazine, on newsstands now.

 

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