You love to eat, but you also love to feel great? You can do both if you choose foods that make you smarter, leaner, stronger. Superfoods pack a punch that’s pleasing to your palate as well as your physique. From cancer prevention and brain health to beautiful skin and fitness regime, adding the right foods to your daily diet makes a hell lot of difference.
Kiwi fruit is packed with vitamins and minerals and is one of the most nutritionally dense fruits out there. These fuzzy fruits can help promote weight loss and it is said that it also helps manage digestion and asthma problems.
One of the most nutrient-dense foods, avocados are high in fiber and, they top the charts among all fruits for folate, potassium, vitamin E and magnesium. No doubt, avocado nutrition makes it a powerful Superfood.
Popeye was definitely on to something, eating spinach even before we knew about superfoods! Spinach is filled with antioxidants, including vitamin C and beta-carotene, as well as lutein and zeaxanthin- a duo that acts like sunscreen for our eyes and guards against macular degeneration. In short, it’s really good!
You don’t need to eat a lot of them to tap into their super-power. Just a small handful a day will deliver a healthy dose of omega-3’s, alpha-linolenic acid, melatonin, copper, manganese and the hard to find gamma-tocopherol form of vitamin E which helps protect your heart. Walnuts on your plate will also protect your brain and help slow the onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Tasty, sweet and packed with disease-fighting phytochemicals, flavinoids and soluble fiber – blueberries have the power to help prevent serious diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stomach ulcers and high blood pressure. In sum, blueberries are nearly miraculous! They also help tame inflammation throughout the body and can reduce “bad” cholesterol, so, dig in the name of good health.
- Dark Chocolate
Dark Chocolate is a delicious treat that actually does body some good. It can help elevate mood, improve blood flow and even lower blood pressure. It helps reduce inflammation and LDL “bad cholesterol,” and it’s loaded with antioxidants, which can help prevent cell damage, degenerative diseases and even cancer – all of which is good news for chocolate lovers. Keep in mind though, chocolate’s numerous health benefits are not a license to set up camp in the candy aisle. You have to manage your “dose,” keeping yours to a modest 1 oz. serving, a few times a week.
This humble vegetable is a winner as the chemicals found in this cruciferous vegetable helps prevent breast cancer by fighting off excess of estrogen. Rich in vitamin C and a good source of vitamin A, broccoli helps you feel full on less than 30 calories per serving. And it gets bonus points for fiber, folate (folic acid), calcium, iron, and potassium. Amazing, isn’t it?
- Flax seed
An ounce of these slightly nutty seeds contains nearly 8g of fiber along, 12g of fatty acids, and more than a quarter of your daily recommended magnesium, which helps boost energy. The fiber helps with digestion and helps lower down cholesterol.
If you don’t already love cauliflower, get ready because you will, after reading this. It’s low-calorie, fat-free, and contains sulforaphane- which is good for the heart, blood pressure and kidney function. It’s also an anti-inflammatory and is rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, protein and fibre. And of course it’s incredibly versatile – you can make it into mash, toast, rice, pizza bases, fritters. See?
A leader among superfoods, kale brings benefits to the entire body. A high amount of Vitamin C boosts natural collagen, increasing skin elasticity. Kale is also high in copper, protecting your skin from exposure and inflammation. It is also good for brain and heart health.