Most everyone has heard about “Superfoods,” right? Well, maybe, but could you name any, and, more importantly, are you eating them? Just in case you haven’t heard the buzz about these little health wonders, here’s the low down:
Superfood- a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.
And, the good news is that they aren’t just the latest craze that will disappear in a year or two. These six, among others, are genuinely some of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet. Not only are they packed full of what we need, but they often release their energy slowly. This means they will keep you fuller for longer, helping you to skip unnecessary snacking
There are so many superfoods out there to choose from. However, their health “miracle status” may mean they are some of the most expensive items on supermarkets’ shelves. Not only that, most superfoods are also super exotic. Even if you can find them, you may be confused as to how to prepare and eat them! So, to make things easier for you, I’ve compiled a list of six common super-foods that you won’t struggle to find or prepare.
These little fruity berries are packed full of antioxidants and Vitamin C. They are also a great source of fiber, which can help your digestive system stay healthy. Blueberries also contain pterostilbene. It is a stilbenoid chemically related to resveratrol. In plants, it serves a defensive phytoalexin role. This chemical aids in lowering cholesterol, which can reduce your risk of heart disease. It is best to enjoy blueberries while they are fresh before they get too ripe. Serve them with greek yoghurt as a nutritious breakfast. You can also use them in fruit smoothies, fruit salads, or add them to muffins and cakes. For a big serving of blueberries, make a tasty blueberry crumble!
Lemons are extremely flavorful and can be used in a variety of ways. They are extremely low calorie- the juice of one lemon contains only 17 calories! Like blueberries, they have a very high level of Vitamin C. So high, in fact, that they were the cure for scurvy back in the olden days! Even though scurvy isn’t much of a problem these days, you would still benefit from eating lemons. Their high levels of antioxidants mean that these tangy fruits can also help to prevent some cancers, as well as heart diseases and inflammation. How should you be eating them? It is best to not use too much sugar when preparing your lemons, as the negative effects from all the sugar will outweigh the positives of the fruit. Drinking a glass of lemon water each morning is very effective- something I do religiously. Check online at TheAlternativeDaily.com for details.
Originally from Mexico, Chia Seeds are now readily available all over the world and are now all the rage. If you have ever been to a hipster cafe or restaurant, you will have probably noticed them on the menu! Each tiny seed is packed with Omega 3 oils, calcium and fiber. We are often told that we should eat fish for its Omega 3s. But, if you aren’t a fan of fish, Chia seeds are a great alternative! They are also renowned for strengthening the immune system. The best way to add the seeds to your diet is to just sprinkle them on top of salads, in smoothie, green drinks, or in baked dishes. They will go very well with oatmeal and yogurt desserts as well.
Do you love the seaweed that your local Chinese restaurant serves? Great! Keep digging in, as it is bursting with health-inspiring nutrients and is an outstanding addition to a healthy diet. Unlike vegetables that are grown on land, seaweed is full of Omega 3s and other healthful properties like: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Riboflavin, Folate, Magnesium, Copper and Manganese. Read More http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2766/2#ixzz48IA4fkSP It has a great selection of minerals that will help your bones stay in top shape, including potassium, zinc, iron, and calcium. You can find sheets of nori seaweed in your local Asian supermarket. This is usually used for making sushi. Once you have all your other ingredients ready, roll them up in the nori sheets and cut into bite-size pieces. You can also use the nori as a substitute for a fajita when you are making a tasty wrap at lunchtime. Seaweed also comes in capsule form, often called kelp, for convenience. I’ve also seen powder that you can put into green drinks and smoothies.
Many people are put off eating pomegranates as they can be a bit messy…not me, I love them!!!! You need to peel them to expose all the juicy seeds that await. Then, try to shake out all the seeds or use a toothpick to poke them out. It is a lot of effort, but it will definitely be worth it! I usually just skip this ceremonious picking and just eat it like an apple. Pomegranates are super delicious and also have a very high level of antioxidants. There have been studies that link them to preventing breast cancer. They also are believed to lower blood pressure and reduce the buildup in arteries. You can eat the seeds as they are, or add them to colorful salads. Pomegranate are well-known as juicing fruits, as well.
Another in vogue hipster food, avocados are possibly the most popular breakfast food right now! Often served on toast with eggs, this one goes down so well in the morning! One contains a third of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin K, as well as heaps of Vitamins B6 and C. They have also are said to reduce blood sugars and also improve eyesight, thanks to their high levels of lutein. Many people, trying to lose weight, swear by avocados because they help you stay fuller for much longer. But you don’t just have to eat these large green berries (yes, they are considered berries). You can mash them up and use them in a face mask! Their healthy oils are great for keeping your skin silky smooth and free from blemishes and acne!
Once you start to add superfoods into your diet, you will feel the health benefits very quickly. And the best thing is: this list is only a very small selection of the ones you can try! So if you don’t like any of these, you will certainly find something in your local grocery store. Most fresh vegetables and fruits will have fantastic properties, so start including them in your diet today!
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