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Don't skip a day without eating these 3 superfoods

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If you've still managed to stick to that New Year's diet – kudos to you! Most diets and weight loss programs consist of long lists of foods to avoid or complicated formulations of what you should be eating. Keep it simple by making sure you include plenty of these 3 superfoods. Not only will you feel great, you'll have less room for foods that aren't as super.

Water

Ok, maybe it's not technically a food, but you can be sure it will top the list of anything you should be taking in every day. Water is essential to our survival and our bodies spend most of the day getting rid of it. Experts don't always agree on how much is enough, but make an effort to never let yourself get really thirsty. Eight 8-oz glasses of water is the common standard, but don't forget that foods full of water (like most fruits and vegetables) count towards this daily total.

Leafy Green Vegetables

The other colors are important, too, but leafy green vegetables are truly Super Foods. They are packed with vitamins A, C, E, K and B, minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and postassium, antioxidants, and other micro nutrients. Leafy green vegetables include spinach, kale, chard, collards. I have a hard time eating kale (goes back to working the old Super Bar and having to tend to the plastic kale decorations...) but spinach and romaine go in the salad every single day. If you have trouble getting it in, make a leafy green smoothie and mix in some fruit for flavor.

Nuts!

As long as you don't have any allergies, consuming a handful of nuts every day is an easy way to boost your protein intake while adding heart-healthy polyphenols, healthy monounsaturated fats and antioxidants. Recent studies have even shown that people that eat nuts live longer and tend to have a healthier weight than people who don't. Stay away from the over salted varieties in the snack aisle, and stick to raw or lightly salted kinds found in the fresh food section.

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