Not a day goes by where we don’t hear of the latest and greatest health foods (think goji berries, chia seeds, kombucha, etc.) and it might make us look in our own cupboards and groan with the thought of another $150 trip to Whole Foods.

Today though, I’m not going to tell you about the newest superfood – I’m going to tell you about the old school superfoods. They aren’t really fancy, they aren’t really new, but they are superfoods, and you should be consuming them!

Green tea is a centuries-old superfood and for good reason! The catechins found in green tea can help to prevent cancers and heart disease,  lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and also increases your caloric burn. It is best to have at least 2 cups to receive the benefits, so sip it in the morning or afternoon!

Flaxseed might just be having a comeback, I saw tons of flax and flax products at Expo West this year. It is full of protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. The flaxseed must be ground to reap the benefits so make sure you are buying it already ground or grinding it yourself. Throw it on cereal, yogurt, into smoothies or baked goods.

Eggs are loaded with nutrients, but please, eat the whole egg! The choline found in eggs helps regulates brain, nervous and cardiovascular systems and is also full of lutein and zeaxanthin which are beneficial for eye health. They are also one of the only foods that naturally contains Vitamin D. The high protein content is just an added bonus.

Garlic has been touted for years as a natural antibiotic but it also protects against certain cancers (breast, prostate and colon) and can even help lower cholesterol levels. Add roasted, sauteed and raw garlic into everything.

Blueberries contain one of the highest levels of antioxidants found in fruits or vegetables. They are also full of Vitamin C and fiber while being very low in calories – 80 calories per cup. Serve over cereal, in smoothies, on salads or by the handful.

Do you regularly eat these superfoods? How?

14 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Chelsea
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    Hey, Emily! I just followed your blog from Eating Bender. The Superfood craze gave me an idea to have Superfood week on my blog soon. :) Your ‘Old School’ Superfoods are some of my favorites. Blueberries and flaxseed in cereal and oatmeal, garlic in just about every veggie dish imaginable (especially roasted broccoli), eggs scrambled for wraps, hardboiled in salad, and tea anywhere I can get it. Have a great day!

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  2. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    I love the old school super foods! They are easy and uncomplicated :) I try to include them weekly if not daily :)

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  3. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    It’s good to be reminded of the health benefits of these easy to incorporate superfoods – so many of the “trendy” ones aren’t easy to find!

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  4. Katie @ Veggie and the Beast
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    What a great list! I eat enough garlic to keep the vampires away. In fact, I love all of these foods except eggs. I take my eggs in baked goods :)

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  5. Lindsay @ biking before b ed
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    I loved that you pointed out superfoods that are not fads… they have been around forever… and are wallet friendly! I didn’t know that eggs were one of the only foods to naturally contain Vitamin D.

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  6. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

    I’m not sure what I’d do with myself if garlic wasn’t healthy- I eat a TON of it! Actually, I sometimes take garlic supplements, too- they’re good for digestive and lady problems. Maybe this is why I don’t have a boyfriend… ;)

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  7. Shari
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

    I love that you say eat the whole egg! I love all of these but definitely need to increase the blueberries and green tea.

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  8. Trish
    Mar 28, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

    Great post. Thanks for bringing back the old school superfoods. Love them all, especially garlic :-)

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  9. Luv What You Do
    Mar 28, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

    I just discovered the green tea latte at Starbucks. It is unbelieveably good. I eat most of the ‘old’ superfoods, almost daily. Flax is my go to for breakfast. ALong with Omega 3′s it is great for digestion. Eggs are another brekkie favorite and when blueberries are in season…I’m am happy!

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    • Emily
      Mar 28, 2012 @ 11:44 pm

      Isn’t that good? Yum!

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  10. Michelle {The Lively Kitchen}
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    I love this post! I eat everything on this list weekly. Much more often than I eat goji berries. I’ve been drinking iced green tea with lemon and stevia in the afternoons and love it!

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  11. Stephanie
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    I eat all of these foods almost every day!

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  12. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    Mar 30, 2012 @ 8:03 am

    Flaxseed, Blueberries, and Garlic are some of my favorites! (Not all together though. ;)) I love flax and bluebs in smoothies and on top of yogurt, and I love garlic in spaghetti sauce!

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  13. Dennis
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

    There’s one on that list I get plenty of. I eat eggs on a daily basis and never get tired of them.

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