Its no accident that antioxidants are popping up everywhere on food labels. These no-nonsense nutrients fight disease, boost immune function, and may even slow the aging processwoohoo! Best of all, there are tons of fun ways to get them into your diet without popping supplement pills at every meal. Read on for the 411...
Drink to Your Health
Sip your way strong with antioxidant-packed liquids -- tea, soymilk and pomegranate juice are all super sources of antioxidants. Go for light soymilk and try mixing your pom juice with some Sprite Zero to keep calorie counts down.
HG LOVES: FRS Antioxidant Energy Drink, in the low-calorie concentrate form, is the most awesome antioxidant product ever! Truth be told, wed swallow it even if it wasnt good for us, but this is one beverage that will supercharge your mornings and eliminate your coffee addiction in no time! It comes in a yummy orange flavor, has just 30 calories a serving, and its got 250% of your recommended daily doses of vitamins A & E (two primo antioxies). Click here for a free sample.
The number one antioxidant-containing veg is...(drumroll, please)...broccoli! Other top veggies include tomatoes, spinach, carrots, artichokes, red cabbage, cauliflower, and peas. Bonus - veggies are generally low in calories and fat-free. So eat 'em in everything -- omelettes, salads, stir-frys, and your favorite Shirataki noodle dishes. Yum!
HG Pick: If you find it hard to get your veggies in, try Green Giants 60-calorie, 3g-of-fat Just for One! Broccoli & Cheese Sauce. Face it; everything tastes a little better when it's smothered in cheese -- even yummy broccoli. Find this low-fat wonder in the freezer aisle of most markets.
Just Fruit Me
Berries, red grapes, oranges, pomegranates, and prunes are all great for upping your antioxidant intake. Typically, darker and more vibrant-colored fruits contain more nutrients. Most fruit servings are under a hundred calories, too. Hooray!
HG Pick: Odwalla AntioxiDance® Cherry-Orange-Passionfruit Fruit Juice Drink Blend (say that five times fast). Although we usually dont like to drink our calories, Odwallas newest fruit blend is well worth 90 calories per serving. Plus, we like the name. And, feel free to lower the calorie count by mixing just 4 oz. of the stuff into your favorite no-cal lemon lime soda. Find it at Whole Foods, or click here to locate a store near you.
Pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts are all super sources of antioxidants. Since they're a bit high in calories and fat (1 ounce is around 200 calories and 18 grams of fat), we recommend using them sparingly to zazzle up salads and fat-free yogurt.
HG Pick: While all Luna Bars boast the high in antioxidants attribute, the Toasted Nuts 'n Cranberry Luna Bars (170 calories, 4g fat) are really chock-full of the stuff! Ingredients like almonds, cashews, cranberries, and green tea extract ensure that you get 100% of your daily needs for vitamins A & E. Find these in snack bar aisles everywhere.
Spice Things Up...
Even the spices you add to your favorite foods can deliver disease-fighting antioxidants. Go nutty with garlic, clove, cinnamon, and oregano. Spices add lots of flavor without adding lots of calories or fat, and therefore they are our friends.
HG Pick: 160-calorie, 2g-of-fat, 5g-of-fiber Kashi Heart to Heart Oatmeal in Apple Cinnamon contains green tea and grape seed extract (both packed with antioxidants). And those whole grain oats are a great source, as well. Look for it in the oatmeal aisle, at health food stores, or order online.
Cuckoo For Cocoa!
Even sweets can provide immunity-boosting, disease-battling nutrients. Dark chocolate and cocoa powder contain the most antioxidants. And remember, the unsweetened stuff will save you calories (just add Splenda)!
HG Pick: Sweet, rich, dark chocolate CocoaVia snacks are packed with all-natural antioxidant goodness. Keep an eye out for flavanol-infused milk chocolate versions -- they'll be released next month.