1. Walnuts for the Heart and Brain
An animal-free source of omega-3 fatty acids, these nuts look kinda like brains and are good for them too.
2. Oysters for Energy
They’re high in iron and are thought to be an aphrodisiac. So, you know, that kind of energy.
3. Turmeric for Joint Health
This colorful spice contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Try it in a warm bev like this Tumeric Milk.
4. Flaxseed for Fiber and Heart Health
Flaxseed is high and fiber and omega-3s, those good fats that keep your brain and heart running smoothly. Kind of a big deal. Sprinkle some on oatmeal or throw it in a smoothie.
5. Pomegranates for Antioxidants
Freaking delicious, too. Learn how to crack into these bad boys without making a mess.
6. Pumpkin for Vision
Your favorite gourd is rich in beta-carotene, which leads to Vitamin A, which leads to good eye and immune system health. Plus protein, fiber, and vitamins C, E, and K. There’s a whole alphabet in your jack-o-lantern.
7. Olive Oil for the Heart
Fat is good for you when it comes in the form of monounsaturated fatty acids. Do yourself a favor and invest in the real deal when it comes to EVOO.
8. Green Tea for Antioxidants
There’s a reason people have been drinking green tea for over 4,000 years. It contains EGCG, kind of a superfreak fighter of nasty free radicals in your body. So drink up, dearies.
9. Ginger for Digestion
Whatever ails your stomach, from nausea to indigestion, ginger will probably help.
10. Black Beans for Fiber and Protein
Beans, beans, the magical fruit… they’ll charge you up and keep you full without all the saturated fats found in most animal proteins.
11. Quinoa for Muscles
By now you’ve heard of quinoa, but why? It’s a complete protein unto itself, high in B12, iron, magnesium, calcium, manganese, yadda yadda yadda. Just give it a shot already.
12. Eggs for Protein
Eggs have gotten a bad rap in the past for being high in cholesterol, but, like Witches in Oz, there’s good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol. Eggs are like the Glinda of Breakfast.
13. Grapefruit to Fight Fat
These gods of citrus contain naringenin, another savvy antioxidant that researchers think might really do a number on fat-storage hormones.
14. Yogurt for Digestion
Those active cultures that turn milk into yogurt are great for helping your stomach and intestines turn food into… well, you know.
15. Kale for Vitamins and Antioxidants
Kale’s 15 minutes of fame may have come and gone, but it’s still just as packed with vitamins, iron, calcium, and flavonoids as it was in 2012.
16. Salmon for Heart Health
Another one of those omega-3 foods, salmon in all forms is also swimming (get it? swimming?) with A and B vitamins.
17. Dark Chocolate for Antioxidants
“Flavonols” aren’t just what it sounds like when you’re trying to describe chocolate with your mouth full. They’re another troop of free-radical fighting antioxidants, for the army of you.
18. Sweet Potatoes for Vision
Like their orange friends the carrot and the pumpkin, sweet potatoes are packed with Vitamin A for eye health, plus potassium, calcium, and Vitamin C. Try the fries!
19. Avocado to Prevent Aging
Avocados will not prevent you from adding another candle to your birthday cake this year, but with Vitamin E, healthy fats, and a host of B Vitamins, they’ll keep the bartenders asking for your ID. Wink wink.