9. Canned sardines
It’s worth getting over the yuck factor of pulling back a tin can and easing out a slippery sardine. “These small, oily fish come ready to eat right out of the can, and are packed with high-quality protein, as well as a huge dose of essential omega 3 fats, vitamin D (very rare in foods otherwise), B vitamins, calcium, selenium, and several other key minerals,” Kulze says. And in contrast to other forms of fish, sardines are free of environmental toxins like mercury, she adds. These little guys are also crucial for optimal brain, heart, and bone health.
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