Well, what is a super food…a food that has been classified as disease-fighting, energy boosting, mood enhancer, must-have to anyone’s diet. While doctors and dietitians don’t necessarily use this term to describe foods, it is a catchy and interesting way to label them. So after reading many articles about the subject, I decided to make my own figure-friendly list of my favorite 8 super foods.
1. Greek yogurt. Now, I know many people aren’t big fans of greek yogurt. I personally like it better than regular yogurt. It is also better for you. It has more than double the amount of protein than regular yogurt and fewer calories. These two facts can help you stay fuller longer while not cutting into your calorie budget. Greek yogurt also has less carbohydrates, for those low-carbohydrate dieters. Greek yogurt is lower in sodium. Consuming foods that are high in sodium can increase blood pressure and put your heart at risk for other issues down the road. Another great thing about going Greek, it also has less sugar than regular yogurt.
2. Eggs. I absolutely love eggs. You can add an egg to any run-of-the-mill sandwich and… poof… culinary brilliance. Eggs have lots of protein and not lots of calories. One egg can have 7 grams of protein and 70 calories! Eggs also contain 12 vitamins and minerals, some which are important for brain development.
3. Blueberries. Nature’s skittles. Why you may ask… well, they are small like skittles and I absolutely love taking handfuls and eating them (just they way kids usually do with candy). Blueberries are a great superfood because they are packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids. Blueberries lower the risk of heart disease and cancer. The darker they are, the better they are for you.
4. Nuts. Ok, so nuts are high in fat… so what? Their benefits definitely out weigh their fat content. Nuts are rich in energy, packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, and protein (there is that “p” word again). Each nuts has its own personal benefit. For example, almond are rich in dietary fiber, vitamin E, and minerals, while peanuts have been found to reduce stomach cancer. Either way, nuts are good for you and you should enjoy them as part of your diet. Enjoy in moderation.
5. Quinoa. Quinoa is a gluten-free grain that has lots of protein as well (can you see a trend with the amount of protein each food has). Quinoa has nine necessary amino acid supplements. Included here is lysine which is necessary for the tissues of your muscles to grow and repair themselves. Quinoa is great for vegans since it is a good source of protein.
6. Broccoli. As a child, I have to admit, I hated broccoli, along with any vegetable. However, now has an adult, I love it and mostly I love it’s healthy benefits. Broccoli has been found to help fight against cancer. It is a great source of vitamin A (beta-carotene) and C. It has lots of fiber which will help to keep you fuller, longer. I love spicing up my broccoli with some garlic.
7. Kale. While being low in calories, kale packs with it, fiber, calcium, vitamin B, C and K, magnesium, and iron. Kale can help fight against cancer as well as pack a nutritional punch to your diet. Some people use kale to make juices, however I choose to cook my kale and eat it the old fashion way. You can use kale in a salad, you can make kale chips, all without compromising it health benefits.
8. Sweet potatoes. If someone gives me an option of regular potato or sweet potato, I always choose sweet potato. Just by its name alone, it sounds better. A potato that doesn’t need any accoutrement (in my opinion, anyways), love it! Sweet potato is also beneficial to your health. How…lots of vitamin A. Also think of all the calories you save by not “dressing” your potato up and just enjoying the sweetness nature has provided it.
I know there are many more foods that are benefical to your health, but these are the ones that I have in my daily diet, yours might be different. Either way, if you haven’t tried using some of these foods, I suggest that you do. Enjoy!