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12 Healthy Foods High in Antioxidants

Posted on Friday, April 27, 2018
Written by Live Life Get Active
Category: Nutrition

Everyone is busy, and eating right can be hard, especially if you’re trying to balance home, work and a budget. However, one thing you don’t want to miss out on are foods that are rich in antioxidants. These little bodyguards help protect you from disease and early ageing, and we’re happy to bring you 12 healthy food ideas high in antioxidants.

12 healthy food ideas high in antioxidants

1. Blackberries

Blackberries are a triple threat. Not only are they packed full of antioxidants, but they also have vitamin C, and you get seven grams of fibre in a cup. This works out to one-third of your daily recommended amount.

2. Cranberries

Cranberries are another tasty fruit that has a high antioxidant count. They also help to reduce inflammation, and they help your body fight off E.coli bacteria which can cause urinary tract infections.

3. Artichoke Hearts

This one is going to be a little off the beaten track for many. Not many people have tried these. Artichoke hearts have the highest antioxidant count of any vegetable, and they help to improve your liver and heart health. You’ll get a dose of magnesium as well, and this gives you energy.

4. Dark Chocolate

The antioxidants in dark chocolate are called flavonols, and they can help to reduce your risk of developing diabetes and lower your blood pressure. You’ll need to be careful with this one. There’s still plenty of sugar in most dark chocolate – so keep it to a few squares a day!

5. Cherries

Cherries can help to lower inflammation and lower your cholesterol. They have melatonin that can help regulate your sleep cycle. They’ll be harder to find out of season but keep them in mind as they’re a tasty way to get a strong antioxidant dose.

6. Walnuts

A serving of walnuts gives you a good source of fibre, protein, and heart-healthy unsaturated fats that can help to lower your cholesterol and lower your risk for heart disease.

7. Blue, Purple or Red Grapes

Grapes contain antioxidants that help to protect your body against cancer and heart disease. They’re also a good source of vitamin C.

8. Dark Green Vegetables

Vegetables like spinach are packed full of calcium, magnesium, and antioxidants to help dilate your blood vessels to improve circulation. They make a nutrient rich alternative to boring old lettuce. Kale won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Try kale chips to ease your way in with this other nutritious greenie!

9. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes bring high amounts of vitamin A and calcium that help to give your immune system a boost, so you stay healthy.

10. Green Tea

Green tea gives you two powerful antioxidants that can help block cells that mutate into cancer and lower your inflammation levels.

11. Beans

Beans, specifically red, black and kidney are high sources of antioxidants. They have dozens of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that balance your diet and help your body fight off infections.

 12. Fish

Fatty fish like salmon, trout and sardines have high amount of omega-3 fatty acids, and these acids can help prevent heart disease. You’ll also get vitamin D to support healthy bones.

When you combine these antioxidant-rich foods with an active lifestyle, you have a recipe for a happy and healthy life. At Live Life Get Active, we invite you to join one of our free active camps and help us create a happier and healthier Australia. Your body will thank you!

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