Coconut water, chia seeds, acai berry: There seems to be a new exotic or hard-to-find “superfood” every month. So you might be surprised to hear that some items you keep stocked in your refrigerator or kitchen pantry also pack some phenomenal health benefits. Here are seven examples, plus tips on how to incorporate them into your diet deliciously.
Red bell pepper
A red bell pepper contains more vitamin C than an orange. Most people associate immunity-boosting vitamin C with citrus fruit. But one cup of chopped red bell pepper has more than twice the vitamin C of a medium-sized orange.
Use it: Slice into rings; sauté each ring in a pan with olive oil and crack an egg into the middle. Cook for about three minutes per side.
Potatoes can lower blood pressure. Those starchy veggies get a bad rap because of their high carbohydrate content. But purple and white potatoes, rich in magnesium and potassium, can help to lower the risk of hypertension, according to a 2013 review in the Annals of Medicine.
Use them: Toss cubed potatoes with olive oil, lemon juice and thyme, and roast at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until golden brown. (Toss every 10 minutes.)
Sauerkraut is probiotic-packed. You probably think of yogurt as the go-to source for healthy bacteria to keep your gut in balance. But pickled foods such as kimchi and sauerkraut can also be rich in probiotics.
Use it: To gain the full benefits, look for refrigerated sauerkraut that hasn’t been pasteurized. (Young children, people older than 75 and those with compromised immune systems should avoid unpasteurized foods.)
Article from The Washington Post, October 6, 2014.