Superfoods. The name itself carries so much hype and many nutritionists can’t stand it. The concept, however, has the best of intentions. Essentially, superfood is used to describe food with a particularly high nutrient profile and minimal negative ingredients. We’re not saying to eat them constantly, what we are saying is buying them at the store and incorporating them into your diet will have benefits on your waistline and overall health and wellness.
Avocado – Rich in healthy monounsaturated fat, they’re also loaded with fiber and lutein, an antioxidant linked to eye and skin health.
Blueberries – Loaded with antioxidants, mainly anthocyanins, blueberries can help with brain function and your vision. They also make a great snack.
Dark Chocolate – Packed with flavonols and antioxidants, one piece of dark (80%+ cacao is best) provides a healthy dose of disease-fighting compounds and may help to reduce cholesterol.
Oats – Rich in protein and minerals including zinc, calcium, magnesium and iron, oats also packed an excellent dose of soluble fiber! Great for breakfast.
Eggs – One of, if not the most, protein-rich foods on earth, eggs are also loaded with amino acids and other nutrients. It’s also OK to eat the yolks.
Almonds – Full of cholesterol lowering fiber and monounsaturated fat, almonds make a great snack or can be easily incorporated into virtually any meal.
Red Wine – One glass of red wine a night has been shown to boost levels of healthy cholesterol and packs a healthy dose of antioxidants, resveratrol and saponins.
Salmon – According to The American Heart Association, eating fish two meals per week, helps cut the risk of heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, stroke, diabetes, and arthritis. Fatty fish, such as salmon, may also help alleviate depression. Just make sure it’s wild caught, never frozen and comes from a store that supports sustainable agriculture.
Ancient Grains – Heirloom and ancient grains carry a far superior nutritional makeup than modern wheat, which has been crossbred and may be genetically modified. Grains such as Kamut khorasan, spelt and amaranth generally contain higher levels of protein, antioxidants and minerals and generally taste better, too!
Seeds – Chia, Quinoa, and Flax seeds all carry a host of nutritional benefits ranging from antioxidants and minerals to protein and fiber.
There’s our top ten. Are there any superfoods that you make sure to incorporate into your diet?
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