January 2, 2012 at 10:28 am
By Jessica Girdwain
Get more goodness onto everyone’s plate with these power-packed ingredients.
They’re bursting with a kid-friendly color and anthocyanins, the same disease-fighting antioxidants in blueberries. Shred them on salad, steam some or try roasting.
Dried Seaweed (Nori)
Mineral-packed with a crunchy texture, look for fun, flavored prepared varieties like chipotle and onion. Drop shreds of it into soups, use it to top off salads, sprinkle it in rice or snack on sheets of it.
This soybean-based meat alternative has a firm texture and twice the protein of tofu. Use it as a substitute for chicken or beef in stir-fries and fajitas.
Broccoli meets cauliflower in the hybrid veggie that’s rich in vitamin C with a hint of sweetness. Prepare them mashed or in a casserole.
The gluten-free grain you know and love makes chewy, protein-rich pasta you may not have heard of in shells, spaghetti, rotini and more. Cook in place of traditional noodles and look for varieties that include red bell pepper or dried spinach for coloring.
It’s dairy free with 60% fewer calories than cow’s milk and fortified to contain more calcium. Great for cereal, oatmeal and smoothies. Look for unsweetened and vanilla varieties.
What superfoods are your family into? Post a comment below and let us know.
Jessica Girdwain is a Family Circle contributor who frequently writes about health.