My Top 10 Favorite “Power” Foods

I get a lot of email, and I mean, a lot. So many people ask me cooking questions, nutrition questions, entrepreneur advice, blog advice, social media advice, have comments and more. Sometimes, I get the simple questions such as, “How do you keep so fit? “What do you eat all day?” etc. I thought I would share my top 10 favorite “power” foods. When I say “power”, I mean foods that I love, foods that I feel give me energy, keep me healthy and foods I can’t go without most every day.

1. Greek Yogurt-With 2.5 grams of protein per ounce and hardly any fat or carbs, what could be better? I stir honey into mine with blueberries or bananas, nuts or whole grain cereal, and I eat it for breakfast or an afternoon snack. It is so filling and tastes great (I use the nonfat or low-fat by the way). See Greek Yogurt Banana Bread

2. Blueberries-These have the highest antioxidant value of all fruit plus they have many vitamins: B, C, E, and they boost your immune system. We always have a bowl of fresh blueberries ready to grab. See  Blueberry Pancakes

3. Almonds or Walnuts-These are a great heart-healthy snack filled with protein, vitamins, minerals and good for your digestive system. I don’t go one day without a handful. See Chunky Granola

4. Acai or pomegranate juice-Acai has been said to have antioxidant benefits and anti-aging properties and omega fatty acids. I think it gives me energy as well. You can buy the frozen Sambazon smoothie packs at Whole Foods, in solid bars, or in a bottle (I like the 100% Genesis Today Acai juice).  See Cranberry Pomegranate Granita

5. Salmon-High in the health promoting fat, omega 3 fatty acids, high protein, and low in calories. I prefer Alaskan wild salmon. Salmon is one of my tried and true favorites. The best part of all is that my 3 kids love it too. See Salmon Burgers

6. Edamame-High in protein, fiber and calcium and low in calories and fat.  I can’t get enough of these. I purchase them already shelled in the frozen section and just thaw. They are great served in a salad, as a snack or as a topping. See Edamame Salsa

7. Gold Bars-These bars are my all-time favorite snack bars. With 11 grams of protein from soy, nuts and whole grains, these satisfy my hunger as well as sugar cravings. I love them in the morning with coffee or as a snack. See Grab the Gold Bar

8. Flaxseed-High in fiber and omega 3 fatty acids, I put ground flaxseed in everything from cereal, to yogurt, granola and even as a crust on salmon or chicken. See Flaxseed Crusted Salmon

9. Arugula-High in Vitamin C and K, I love arugula for it’s peppery taste and beautiful color. Try it with golden raisins, nuts and freshly shaved Parmesan or simply topped with grilled chicken or steamed shrimp. I’m a huge fan and can’t get enough of it. See Black Eyed Pea Salad over Arugula

10. Dark Chocolate-Dark Chocolate is said to contain flavonoids so it’s heart healthy, contains antioxidants and may even reduce aging. Try Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

24 thoughts on “My Top 10 Favorite “Power” Foods”

  1. We have most of the items in common except the gold bar. Haven’t heard of that one, but as for the others, you have my favorites. I probably would have added banana… just cause I like them!

  2. I see Greek yogurt mentioned more and more. What is the big difference between Greek and the regular stuff?

    I know it’s on the list, but speaking of things that I’m seeing more and more, is there a huge difference between steel cut oats and regular oats?

  3. Brett, Greek yogurt has a thicker texture as it has been strained already. It also has more of a sour taste. It is packed with protein and very low in carbs. If you eat the nonfat and low-fat it’s also very low in fat. It tastes similar to sour cream so I use it often as a sour cream substitute and eat it with honey, fresh fruit, granola etc, in it..Let me know if you like it

  4. Great list, thanks for sharing!

    I can’t live without green tea, sprouted whole grain bread, nut butters, seasonal fruit and cow’s milk. I think I’m the only person left in the world that still drinks cow’s milk. It’s healthy!

  5. GREAT post! I love that you shared it, I love all all of those things too. In fact you just inspired me to pull at the edamame and make something with it today, will check out your recipe.
    I’ve been in an eating funk lately, this post definitely came at the right time. 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

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