You’ve probably heard this word thrown around a lot in the past year or so, super food. What is a super food? A superfood is a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. We have a lot of options for healthy foods to help fuel our bodies but what makes superfoods unique is the amount of nutrients all working together to keep you in top shape. They can also be helpful for weight loss and fat loss. If you’re new to the superfood movement, here are some of the top foods and a few recipes so you can add them to any meal.
Sometimes referred to as the miracle berry, blueberries are full of potassium, vitamin C, and antioxidants making them the top choice of doctors and nutritionists. It is recommended that everyone eats at least a 1/2 cup of blueberries a day in order to get the full benefits like improved memory, cell repair, and a stronger heart. Here are some recipies to try today (click on the name for the recipe!):
Salmon is one of my absolute favorite foods! The fish’s omega-3 fatty acids, high protein content, and vitamin D and B properties could help you fight flab. No matter if it’s farm raised or wild (wild is better for you), it will contain fat fighting ingredients. Here are some of your fav recipes:
Many people forget about these delicious legumes despite the fact that they’re high in protein, iron, and a vegan friendly alternative. Rich in resistant starch, a carbohydrate that may help fat burning through shrinking fat cells. Get your fix today:
Greek yogurt, while it is a superfood, does not have as high of a protein and sugar content as Kefir. It’s tangy, creamy taste is full of probiotics and may help fight colon cancer. Look for it in the dairy aisle and give it a try:
High fiber (4 to 5 grams) is what gives this superfood it’s superpowers. Studies show that those who ate an apple one meal a day ate less food and stayed fuller longer. They can be added to virtually any recipe, especially fall foods.
Low in calories but high in vitamins A, C, and antioxidants make this cancer fighting food a necessity in your diet Enjoy it grilled, raw, broiled, sauteed, the list is endless, but here are three:
- Heirloom Tomato Salad with Pomegranate Drizzle
- Baked Stuffed Tomatoes with Couscous or Quinoa
- Slow Roasted Tomatoes
A staple of many sushi restaurants, the green soybean has 17 grams of protein per cup to help your body torch fat. Rich in phytoestrogens, this food can help boost your libido in the bedroom. Never tried it? Buy it frozen and microwave it or add a twist with spices.
One tiny kiwifruit has more than your daily value’s worth of Vitamin C and is a good source of Vitamin A and E. The fruits vitamin rich character helps your body transport fat into the cell mitochondria where it is burned when you work out. Have it with your next breakfast, as a snack, or in a salad.
Full of essential amino acids, protein, and zinc, this ancient grain can help control your weight and lower your risk for heart disease and diabetes. Add it to your daily serving of whole grain in side dishes, as a main dish, or a starter. Enjoy these recipes:
10. Sweet Potatoes
Saving one of the best for last, sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A. With the help of resistant starch, your body will increase production of peptide hormones that signal the brain to stop eating. Enjoy fried, baked, or grilled, this versatile vegetable is easy to add to any menu.
Take a trip to your local grocery store and you can easily find any of these superfoods that taste amazing. Their high vitamin content and rich antioxidants can help you lose weight, lower your risk for heart disease, and lower your risk for cancer. Plan your next meal with one of these and enjoy!