15 Super Foods For Women Who Want To Be Smarter, Leaner, And Stronger

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 2. Greek Yogurt

Why Greek yogurt and not regular yogurt? Greek yogurt is lower in fat but higher in protein and calcium, which are necessary for strong bones, strong muscles, and healthy teeth. Consuming Greek yogurt on a regular basis improves the digestion, prevents that annoying gas and bloat, and can even help with IBS. But the biggest reason to eat Greek yogurt each day is that it lowers your risk of breast cancer, vaginal infections, and stomach ulcers.

 

3. Walnuts

Walnuts contain protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, numerous vitamins and minerals as well as compounds that lower your cholesterol levels, improve brain function, prevent heart disease, and fight various types of cancer. What more can you expect out of one little food? Eat just one ounce (about 12 walnut halves) of walnuts each day to get all of this healthy goodness.

 

4. Red Beans

Although all beans are healthy, red beans in particular have important nutrition for women. Red beans are high in fiber, protein, and important flavonoids. Eating beans regularly can help to control blood sugar levels, protect you from breast cancer and heart disease, as well as help you to burn fat. Red beans play an important role in stabilizing hormones. If you happen to be a pregnant woman, you should know that red beans will give you a steady supply of folic acid, which is vital for your unborn child. Eat three or more servings of red beans each week. Put them in soups or salads or as a spread or even vegetable dip.

 

5. Broccoli

Research has found that the compounds in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli can prevent breast cancer by fighting excessive amounts of estrogen in the body. Broccoli is a rich source of vitamin C and has a good amount of vitamin A. Broccoli also has fiber, calcium, iron, potassium, and folic acid as well. You can eat broccoli either steamed or raw, it will still give you a powerful nutritional punch. Aim to eat two or more servings each week.

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