Live well: Getting your children to eat healthy

Getting your children to eat healthy foods can often prove to be a challenge. Teenagers in particular can be a tough group to please, especially if they are your own.

Supplementing their diet with "super foods" is one of the best methods of providing them with the essential nutrients.

According to livescience.com, super foods are defined as foods that are mostly plant-based but also some fish and dairy — thought to be nutritionally dense and thus good for one's health. The term has no set scientific meaning, however, and any list of "top" super foods is purely subjective.

Leave them anywhere within easy reach to give your teen the opportunity for a healthy snack:

1.Avocados

2.Blueberries

3.Grapefruit

4.Apples

5.Pears

6.Kiwifruit

7.Pomegranates

8.Dark chocolate

9.Nuts (cashews, almonds, pistachios)

10.Oats

Super foods fight infection, enhance the immune system and protect against diseases such as osteoporosis, heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes and respiratory infections. Fruits and vegetables are good for your health and even better for your waistline. More importantly, they power your brain, and correctly and efficiently fuel your body.

If you're looking for some new power foods to pack into your diet in 2014, choose a super food packed with powerful nutritional punch.

Believe it or not, super foods are not limited to exotic berries and fancy grains. UK researchers have recently found dark chocolate and natural cocoa powder contain more flavenols and polyphenols than the juices of super foods such as blueberries, cranberries and acai berries.

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