Superfoods have been getting a lot of hype in the media lately, and it can be a bit confusing with all of the diet lingo, etc.
What IS a superfood? Basically, superfoods are low calorie nutient dense foods.
Superfood is a term used to describe foods that have supposed health benefits and nutrient dense content including large doses of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and polyphenols.
It is thought that consuming superfoods on a regular basis may help to reduce the risk of chronic disease, help to prolong life, and promote better overall health & wellness.
I put together a list of 10 superfoods that I think are perfect for everyday…easy to find & easy to eat, for simple, clean, healthy eating!
- Avocados are incredibly nutritious, and are loaded with healthy fats, fiber and lots of vitamins. The vitamins included are: Vitamin K, Copper, Folate, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Vitamin E & Vitamin C. Awesome, right??
- Coconut meat & coconut oil contain healthy fats that are medium in length, or MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides) which metabolize differently in the body than some other fats, and these actually help us to lose fat! Bonus!! These MCT’s also have a very healthy effect on our brains too! Coconut meat and oils are also naturally anti-bacterial, so can help to fight off infections. This stuff is good for everything! You can cook with it, use it as moisturizer, on your dry cuticles, for split ends, or to remove water stains on your furniture! It seriously is amazing stuff!! 🙂
- Nuts & seeds play an important role in a healthy diet. They are packed with fiber, good fats & can help you reach your daily allowance of protein. Nuts & seeds are an easy thing to take on the run, or to add to your favorite salad or breakfast for an extra crunch!
- Eggs are a great source of inexpensive high quality protein. Egg whites are loaded with Vitamin D, B6, B12, selenium, and minerals like Zinc, Iron, and Copper. More than half the protein is found in the egg white, but I still believe you should eat the yolk too! Eggs are an easy snack to have around, hard or soft-boiled, or cook some up for a quick breakfast… or even dinner! 🙂
- Beans & legumes pack a big punch when it comes to fiber, and fiber does a body good… so load up on some beans and legumes! Beans can also help regulate digestion, regulate blood sugar, lower cholesterol, help keep weight in check, they are high in iron, a good source of B vitamins, and are also a great source of protein. What else can I say? Pass the beans!
- Sweet Potatoes are loaded with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, B Vitamins, Potassium, Fiber, Niacin & Phosphorous. Plus they taste good, and my new favorite thing to do with them is spiralize them and turn them into noodles!! So fun.
- Broccoli is part of the cruciferous vegetable family along with kale and cauliflower, among others, but it stands out as having the highest amount of Vitamin C in the bunch. It’s also loaded with Fiber, Omega 3’s, Calcium & Vitamin K – great for bone health. Eat your greens!
- Tea is loaded with Polyphenols (antioxidants), & Phytochemicals. Research states that tea has the ability to help lower cholesterol, reduce cortisol levels, has anti-inflammatory properties, can help increase memory, focus and concentration, and can be an anti-allergen. Tea drinkers in general seem to be healthier, so go get yourself a nice cup of tea! 😉
- Spinach provides Protein, Iron, Vitamins A, B2, B6, C & K. It’s also loaded with minerals like Manganese, Folate, Magnesium, Copper, Potassium, Phosphorous, Zinc & Choline. Popeye was definitely on to something! 😉 Dark leafy greens are important for skin, hair, and bone health. Eat your greens!!!
- Apples are an excellent source of antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber. Have you heard the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Well, it just might be true!! 😉