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Super 1 Foods | Posted Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 02:16PM

Green FoodsIf you’re looking for a way to revamp your plate, focus on adding green foods to your meal. According to the USDA’s MyPlate, the average American adult should consume about 2 1/2 to 3 cups of dark green vegetables a week. Don’t forget to aim for 2 1/2 to 3 cups of vegetables and 1 1/2 to 2 cups of fruit in a variety of colors each day!

Avocados (NuVal 88)
Avocados are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Replacing saturated fat with monounsaturated fat can help lower your cholesterol and risk of heart disease and stroke. Next time you’re making a sandwich, skip the mayo and spread a little avocado on your bread.

Grapes (NuVal 100)
Grapes are rich in polyphenols, vitamin C and vitamin K. Polyphenols act like antioxidants protecting our bodies from free radicals, which helps prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Broccoli (NuVal 100)
Broccoli, a part of the brassica family, contains sulforaphane and indoles, which help lower the risk of certain cancers. Broccoli is also rich in flavonoids, vitamin C and vitamin K.

Brussels Sprouts (NuVal 100)
Brussels sprouts, like broccoli, are a part of the brassica family and are rich in phytonutrients that may help protect your body from cancer. Brussels sprouts are also a good source of vitamin A and vitamin C, which help prevent heart disease and cancer.

Spinach (NuVal 100)
Spinach is low in calories and is an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin K. Spinach is rich in carotene, which helps keep your eyes healthy.

Artichoke (NuVal 100)
Artichokes are a good source of a variety of vitamins and minerals, including potassium. Potassium may help lower your blood pressure!

Pistachios (NuVal 67)
Pistachios are rich in fiber and plant sterols. Fiber helps lower the risk of certain cancers and cardiovascular disease as well as keeps your digestive track healthy.

Kale (NuVal 100)
Kale is a superstar when it comes to leafy greens. Being a part of the cabbage family, it possesses anti-cancer properties. Kale is full of beta-carotene, vitamin K and vitamin C. It’s also a good source of fiber and calcium.

Celery (NuVal Score 100)
Celery has a high water content helping you stay hydrated throughout the day. Celery is also a good source of vitamin A, vitamin K, folate and potassium. Folate can help lower the risk of certain birth defects.

Asparagus (NuVal Score 100)
Asparagus is rich in vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting. It is also a good source of iron, which helps deliver oxygen to the cells in our body.

Arugula (NuVal Score 97)
Arugula is low in calories and a good source of eye-protecting lutein and zeaxanthin. It is also a good source of vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (NuVal Score 11)
Olive oil is rich in heart-healthy unsaturated fats and antioxidant vitamin E. Vitamin E plays an important role in maintaining integrity of red blood cells and cells in the immune system.

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