Over 40 and Fabulous

 

Your top five foods to flourish at any age.

Are you sexier than ever? Stronger? More confident? Well, I applaud you. Now’s the time to make sure you stay more powerful and hotter than ever.

Once you’re over forty, fifty, or sixty, your dietary needs and health concerns have shifted. Bone health, preventing heart disease, symptom free menopause, or keeping your gorgeous, glowing skin might all be on your list. Maybe the weight you never had to think about is now a struggle. Maybe your moods are all over the map. Do you know another woman breast cancer? The good news is a few simple dietary tweaks might be all you need stay fit.

Wakame. We’ve all heard the slogan “Milk. It does the body good.” Pushing the idea that we need milk to be strong, especially to have strong bones. What, if I told you that’s a big fat lie? You can get all the calcium you need from plants.

Wakame has an amazing calcium punch with 1/3 of a cup supplying almost 1200 mg of calcium. Wakame contains iodine to support your thyroid to increase energy levels and metabolism. Two tablespoons are plenty, as too much can put stress on your thyroid. Wakame is also the highest source of plant-based omega 3s (good fat). Wakame lowers blood pressure, cholesterol, stress and anxiety, and may reduce risk of cancer.

Enjoy in seaweed snacks, salad, avocado rolls, or miso soup.

Beets I used to hate beets growing up. I’m so grateful my taste buds have matured. These red root veggies lower blood pressure and inflammation, boost your energy and increase muscle strength. They’re high in vitamin C, fiber, detox the liver, nourish blood, and minimize hot flashes, night sweats, and anxiety.

Fermented beets gut health, boost immunity, cleanse the blood, treat kidney stones, alleviate chemical sensitivities, fatigue and allergies.

Try beets in juice, salads, soups, and dips.

Chia seeds

No interest in sex? Hot flashes from hell? Memory disappearing before your eyes? You may need to eat more healthy fats to balance your hormones and support your brain. A serving has five times the omega 3s of salmon.

Chia seeds boost immunity, reduce triglycerides, inflammation and blood pressure, prevent blood clots, protect your arteries from plaque buildup. They contain twice as much fiber as broccoli and five times more calcium than milk! High magnesium content eases anxiety.

Consume chia seeds in porridge, pudding, and smoothies.

Chickpeas

I don’t think anyone loves hummus as much as I do. I eat hummus regularly, even though I practically lived off of it in college. Chickpeas in this delectable dip are high in protein, fiber to balance blood sugar levels and aid in weight loss, improve gut health, reduce inflammation and worry and overthinking. Chickpeas are high in bone building and heart health nutrients, including calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin K, magnesium, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6. What’s not to like about these little yellow beans?

Broccoli

Did your mom convince to eat these nutrient power houses by calling them trees? Or smothering them with melted Velveeta cheese?  Broccoli and other cruciferous veggies like cauliflower, brussels sprouts, watercress, daikon, arugula, kale, cabbage have shown to lower risk of certain cancers, specifically lung and colon. Broccoli is high many anti breast cancer nutrients including folate.

Broccoli helps detox the liver. It improves bone density, because one cup vitamin k helps calcium absorption. A serving of broccoli has 70 mg of calcium and is high in Vitamins A, C and E for skin health. This green wonder also reduces anger, frustration, and stress.

Enjoy steamed, raw, juiced, soups, stir fries, on pasta with pesto

Whatever your age, you can indulge in these edibles guilt free and with potentially huge benefits to your well-being and general health. Incorporate them into your weekly menus and soon you’ll see the difference.

Live natural. Live well.

Heather

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