The word “superfood” is having a moment right now. Everyone seems to be searching for the next greatest food to include in their diet to level up their health. I’ll let you in on a secret… there isn’t just one greatest food out there. 🙂 The word superfood seems like it’s a label thrown on any health food and it’s definitely pretty overused in the health industry right now. Even though it may be overused, I do believe that some foods really do have more “super” powers than others, and they really are deserving of the title.
The best part? You don’t have to go out to your health food store and stock up on all the fancy pantsy superfoods out there in order to boost your health. There are so many awesome foods that you’re probably already eating on a daily or weekly basis that are pretty darn super. I put together a list of 7 of my favourite everyday superfoods so you can see for yourself how easy it is to have a superfood filled day!
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, vitamin C, vitamin K, and they are full of fibre. They have one of the highest antioxidant content out of all the fruits and vegetables, which makes them a pretty awesome superfood. Antioxidants protect your body from free radicals, which helps prevent cancer and other health conditions. Try adding them to your morning smoothies, throwing them on salads, or just eating them by the handful. Berries really are nature’s candy and they make the best dessert or midday snack!
2. Leafy greens
Dark leafy greens are an excellent source of nutrients such as folate, zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C and fibre. Swiss chard, kale, spinach, and watercress are all examples of leafy greens that have a lot of benefits and can really boost your health. This month, try to mix it up and get a different kind of green from the grocery store or farmer’s market every week. You’ll get to know the different tastes of each of them, experiment with different meals, and see which ones are your favourites.
3. Green tea
Green tea is another food that is rich in antioxidants. Not only that, green tea is said to be the healthiest drink on the planet. Some of the benefits include improved brain function, fat loss, and a lower risk of cancer. It also contains polyphenols that can help reduce inflammation in the body. Try having a cup of tea every day to reap all of the benefits from this super drink. If you’re not a huge fan of the taste, you can try steeping a cup, cooling it down, and then adding it into your morning smoothie.
Cacao might be my favourite superfood of all! It is one of the highest sources of magnesium in nature, it’s full of antioxidants, and high in calcium, zinc, copper and selenium. Raw organic cacao has over 40 times the amount of antioxidants as blueberries. It’s also the highest plant based source of iron which is great to keep in mind if you’re experiencing low iron levels. Try getting raw and organic cacao nibs to sprinkle on top of your next smoothie bowl to take it to the next level.
Garlic is an awesome source of manganese, vitamin C, vitamin B6, selenium and fibre. Because of all these benefits, eating it regularly can improve heart health, reduce the risk of cancer, and fight off infection. The catch? If you really want to get all of the benefits of garlic, eating it raw is the way to go. Try including it in salad dressings or dips and spreads. I’m one of those people that always doubles or triples the amount of garlic in recipes. It’s one of my favourites!
Almonds are full of fibre, protein, monounsaturated fats, and other essential nutrients. They are also high in magnesium, which is a mineral that we often don’t get enough of. Low magnesium levels are linked to high blood pressure, so adding almonds into your diet can help improve that. Since they are high in protein and fibre, they can help curb hunger making them the perfect midday snack. I like to keep mine in the fridge and grab a small handful whenever I’m starting to get hungry again after my morning smoothie. It helps satisfy my cravings and keep me full until lunch time.
7. Olive oil
Olive oil is the natural oil extracted from olives, the fruit of the olive tree. Good quality olive oil has countless health benefits and adds amazing flavour to foods. It’s also rich in antioxidant, which makes it great for fighting inflammation. With olive oil, quality is important and you want to make sure you’re looking for extra virgin olive oil, which indicates that it has been extracted using natural methods.
What are some of your favourite superfoods?
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