5. Ward off Illness With Watercress
Recent research crowned watercress—a small, leafy green with a peppery kick—the most nutrient-dense food in your local produce aisle. And according to a 2012 study in the British Journal of Nutrition, athletes who ate 85 grams of watercress before intense exercise experienced significantly less damage caused by free radicals than those who didn’t.
The Best Way to Eat It: Toss sprigs of raw watercress in sandwiches or salads; blend it into smoothies; steam or sauté as a side; or serve it on top of freshly grilled meat as a natural flavor enhancer.
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