Sneak 'Superfoods' Into Your Diet

Think you don't like healthy foods? These tips could help change your mind

By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature

Reviewed By Cynthia Dennison Haines, MD

Do you love chips and ice cream and never let anything green pass your lips? Are burgers your staple -- and you wouldn't dream of having one without fries?

It's not just you. Many people eat too many of the wrong kinds of foods simply because they've never developed a taste for healthier foods such as salmon, broccoli, or yogurt.

And yes, old habits are hard to break -- but it's certainly not impossible. We spoke to health and nutrition experts who shared some tips on how you can effortlessly "sneak" super-nutritious foods into your diet.

What's a 'Superfood'?

Just about any health professional has his or her own "top 10" list of healthy foods. They often include berries, tomatoes, nuts, salmon, whole grains, low-fat dairy, eggs, dark leafy greens, beans and legumes, and sweet potatoes. You could also argue the merits of other foods, such as green tea, carrots, chocolate, alcohol (in limited quantities), olive oil, soy products, oranges, pumpkin, and turkey.

Steven Pratt, MD, author of SuperFoods RX: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life, includes these foods on his list:

  • Beans
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Oats
  • Oranges
  • Pumpkin
  • Salmon
  • Soy
  • Spinach
  • Tea (green or black)
  • Tomatoes
  • Turkey
  • Walnuts
  • Yogurt