Super Foods That Could Make Your Life Better
There has been a lot of buzz about super foods and how they can help your diet and change your life. While the list does seem to be in perpetual motion as far as which are good and which aren’t, there are a few pretty standard foods that you should constantly include in your daily menu.
Some super foods are difficult to come by, making people turn away from the idea that these nutrient rich ingredients aren’t worth trying to find, but there are many super foods and super fruits hiding within plan site in your pantry, refrigerator, and local grocery store.
Getting A Little Bit Nutty
Nuts aren’t for everybody, but if you enjoy these delightful little snacks, you should be pleased to learn that nuts are considered a super food; some more so than others. Loaded with unsaturated fats, which are great for lowering cholesterol and keeping your heart healthy, some nuts also include alpha-linolenic acid, which can actually improve your mood and keep you from experiencing blockages and blood clots. Science Daily writes: “Although there is no universal standard definition of a super seed or superfruit, they are often described as providing a number of nutrients and health benefits all in one package.”
Nuts are a great addition to any lunch bag or snack-time, because they also help regulate blood sugar as they burn much more slowly than other snacks of their kind. This means that you don’t have to worry about spiking insulin, or weight gain, and you can enjoy them most times of the day.
Say Yes To Tomatoes
In salads, on sandwiches, and even on their own, tomatoes help create a tangy, zesty meal that can be pretty difficult to say no to. Another thing tomato has going for it are all of the healthy vitamins and nutrients packed into every bite. Health.com suggests: “They contain lycopene, an antioxidant rarely found in other foods. Studies suggest that it could protect the skin against harmful UV rays, prevent certain cancers, and lower cholesterol. Plus, tomatoes contain high amounts of potassium, fiber, and vitamin C.”
Tomato is one of those foods that you hear about all the time that has anti-aging properties. Loaded with vitamin C and lycopene, it can give you a healthy glow, and can decrease chances of early signs of aging such as wrinkles and uneven skin tone.
Berries For Dessert
Berries are great for your digestive system because they are loaded with fiber; in fact, one cup of raspberries has 8 grams of fiber, making it an excellent addition to any salad, cereal, or smoothie. Berries also are well known for being full of antioxidants, which like those found in tomatoes help your skin look bright and young, and keeps you from aging prematurely. Eatingwell.com states: “What we dislike about some foods deemed “super” is that they are exotic (ahem, the goji berry?!) or something—like, say, sardines—that you’d only have once in a while. Healthy? Yes. Would you eat them every day? Probably not.”
Many experts also argue that berries have cancer fighting qualities as the antioxidants help to fight off the free radicals which cause cancer on a regular basis. You may worry that the only berry you’re going to get anything super out of is an acai or a goji, but you might be surprised to learn that one of the best super foods anywhere on earth is the humble blueberry. Wild blueberries are full of antioxidants and much needed vitamins that can help you look and feel your best.
Quinoa is the latest food to hit the top in restaurants and grocery stores; it has quickly grown in popularity in North America over the last few years, replacing rice and potato in many meals. One thing that many people don’t realize about this super food is that quinoa is a seed, not a grain. It cooks up into a delicious convenient side, can be spiced and seasoned, and it contains Querciten, a bioactive substance that benefits your body. Full of fiber and great for your digestive system, quinoa is low on the glycemic index making it a good meal when you’re trying to watch your weight and keep your sugar from spiking.
Keep Your Kiwi
Kiwis seem exotic, but they are fairly easy to come by, and when you peel these fruits down they can be eaten as a snack, tossed into a bowl of yogurt, or used in a dessert. They are full of vitamin C, vitamin A, and even vitamin E, and are recognized as being very densely packed with nutrition. Many nutritionists suggest kiwi for children who aren’t getting enough vitamins and minerals in their regular diet, so this makes a great addition to any meal plan that needs a little extra nutrition.
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