4 Super Foods for Women Over 40

by kellylavieri on September 9, 2015

4 Super Foods for Women Over 40

Eating healthy over 40 is essential. As the body ages and menopause begins shifting hormones, it’s more important than ever to include healthy foods in your diet. Fortunately, these 4 super foods are delicious and easy to incorporate! Just grab a couple of these super foods each day, add them to salads or as a snack and you will be set!

Dark Leafy Greens
Rich, dark leafy greens like kale, collards, and broccoli are a low-calorie, full-fiber source of calcium, iron, a host of vitamins, and phytoestrogens—plant steroids that help us maintain a hormone balance. All of these components make leafy greens essential to women over 40, whose nutritional goals should include maintaining bone density, good iron levels, and balanced hormones.

Almonds lower bad cholesterol levels and blood sugar, and are also rich in amino acids. Additionally, they are full of vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps prevent sun damage to the skin and prevents free radicals from roaming your arteries. Vitamin E can also help boost memory. Because almonds contain both protein and fat, a small handful (about 20 almonds) as a snack will curb your hunger and keep your blood sugar levels even.

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are one of the best super foods out there. These creamy, filling, slightly sweet tubers can counter the effects of second-hand smoke, prevent diabetes, enhance immune-system health, and protect against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, liver problems, HIV, cancer, heart attack, and stroke. Additionally, the vitamin C content in sweet potatoes also stimulates collagen production, which can help decrease the appearance of wrinkles!

Blueberries are antioxidant-rich foods that are filled with fiber. Blueberries also help lower blood pressure and improve motor skills. For the highest antioxidant content, choose wild blueberries. Strawberries are also packed with antioxidants as well as a boat-load of vitamin C. Eight medium strawberries provides 150% of your recommended daily value of vitamin C.

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