Superfoods With Soul
Hungry for some collards or sweet potatoes? Many of the soul food staples we grew up eating are packed with phytonutrients. Here’s our pick of the nutrition crop.
Those dark green collards sprouting in Auntie’s summer garden — in fall and winter, too, if she’s in a warm climate — and dished up at her Sunday suppers? They’re rich in A, K and other vitamins, calcium, magnesium and potassium.
Those greens are among the superfoods that fortify your body and, especially when they’re a familiar comfort, satisfy your soul. Here are some others:
- Black-eyed peas are high in, among other nutrients, energy-giving iron.
- The antioxidants and beta-carotene of sweet potatoes may help slow aging and fight cancer.
- Cabbage, in the same family as collards, chard, kale and broccoli, also may be a cancer-fighter.
- Fiber- and protein-rich okra has been called good medicine for some types of diabetes.
- Squash — acorn, butternut, summer, winter, zucchini and so forth — comes in many varieties. Winter squashes, for one, may lower heart-damaging cholesterol.
- Blackberries, with their Vitamin C, folate and manganese, are high in flavonoids and may boost brain health.