15 Foods on Dr. Oz’s Ultimate Longevity Grocery List

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Tomorrow on The Dr. Oz Show, the man himself will reveal and explain his Ultimate Longevity Grocery List of foods that can fight disease and, supposedly, add years to your life. We got an advance look at 15 foods Dr. Oz says you should fill your grocery cart with every week.

Vegetables – Eat four servings of these a day:

  • Jicama
  • Kale
  • Sweet Potatoes

In case you didn’t know, jicama is a root vegetable that’s sweet, crunchy, and packed with fiber. Check out Bobby Flay’s recipe for jicama slaw.

Grains – Eat six servings of these a day:

  • Teff
  • Millet
  • Amaranth

Just FYI: Teff is a grain that’s high in protein, calcium, fiber, and many other nutrients. Try this recipe for teff polenta. A grain traditionally used in Russia and China, millet has as much protein as wheat, but is rich in vitamin B and a loads of other minerals. Check out this recipe for millet casserole. Amaranth is a grain that provides lots of dietary fiber and minerals – you can even pop it like popcorn. Here’s a recipe for amaranth pilaf.

Fruits – Eat three servings of these a day:

  • Apples
  • Mangoes
  • Dates

Dates are great in desserts; they’re almost as creamy as caramel. Or you can stuff them with walnuts or almonds for a crunchy treat. Dates are high in protein and fiber, and deliver energy fast. Here’s a delish recipe for sticky toffee pudding from Epicurious.

Protein – Have three servings of these a day:

  • Fish
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Tofu

If you’ve never cooked with tofu, check out this recipe for tofu stir-fry. Just pretend tofu is any other protein, like chicken – except that tofu lowers cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart disease.

Dairy – Eat two servings of these a day:

  • Feta Cheese
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Buttermilk

You read that right – buttermilk. Turns out, buttermilk is high in potassium, vitamin B12, calcium, and riboflavin. Try this recipe for buttermilk waffles from the Mayo Clinic.

Tune in tomorrow to find out the skinny on these foods – and how they may help you live a longer, healthier life. See when to catch Dr. Oz in  your area here.

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    • JustLooking

      Great post….thanks!

    • marnett

      While I agree with the categories laid out by Dr. Oz for better health, the specific foods listed are a bit of a stretch. Should we really be eating non-organic apples in May and let the good sources of locally grown, antioxidant rich fruits rot – - strawberries as an example. And I really have never felt like eating a sweet potato in the warm weather months, but I’m happy to get fiber and vitamins A&C from other sources. No mention of flax seed, quinoa or chia seeds – all important nutrient power houses. Finally, the calorie load from the number of servings suggested each day would be a bit daunting. Even when the calories are from good sources, they’re still one part of the equation that can’t be ignored. Nonetheless, anything that Dr. Oz can do to raise the profile of excellent nutrition choices is a good thing in the long run. I just think that he could have made suggestions that would have been more likely to be adopted by the average person.

    • doreen r

      This is great info. I see I am on the right track. I am printing this out and putting it on my fridge. Just think…..I’ll be thinking of you guys, everyday. hee

    • Pam

      OK…that 18 servings of things that we’re supposed to eat every day; 6 per meal. Who eats that much food? http://blog.sweetservices.com/sweetscandyblog/