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Superfoods pack extra healthy punch

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We all know how important it is to eat right, but did you know there are some foods that can pack an extra punch when it comes to being healthy?  They're called superfoods.

Dietitians say you can't go wrong when shopping in the produce section, but believe it or not, some of the fresh fruits and veggies have extra goodness.  That's why they're categorized as superfoods.  "It may have just some extra nutrients.  It may be something that's fortified with some extra nutrients,  maybe some extra fiber to help our body out," said Korie Lown.

Which foods are super?  Pomegranates.  "It has some vitamin C, which has the antioxidants to help our body fight those free radicals that can damage our cells," said Lown.  The red fruit is also packed with potassium, something our body never seems to get enough of.  And since pomegranates may be difficult to crack open, Dietitian Korie Lown says you can get the same super benefits by drinking pom juice, and those pre-packaged airls.  Another fruit rich in health-boosting antioxidants, blueberries and strawberries!

"Kale's just something we don't typically chose a lot when we're choosing greens," said Lown.  But we should, because it too is a superfood.  It's full of vitamin K.  Lown suggests adding a few leaves to your next salad.  "Some people may not like the flavor.  You can mix it in with some other greens, such as spinach and romaine lettuce," said Lown.

You can also find superfoods in other parts of the grocery store.  Quinoa is a grain, but it's full of fiber and is packed with amino acids to help you build protein in your body.  "It is a complete protein, which is pretty rare in a plant source.  You can prepare it like you would rice.  You can use chicken broth, vegetable broth, water, but if you cook it in the broth you're going to get more flavor.  It's one of those foods that absorbs any flavor you put in to it," said Lown.  And if you head to the diary case, grab some greek yogurt.  It too has extra protein to help keep your body strong.

Dietitian Korie Lown says while the superfoods are really great, and can give your body that extra little boost, the key is to eat a balanced diet.  Make sure you fill your stomach with lots of types of healthy foods and a rainbow of colors from the produce section.

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