The idea of medicine can often trigger childhood memories of a spoonful of pink Amoxicillin, or a prescription Z-Pack to clear up the chest cold you’ve been fighting. Would you ever think a delicious fruit or vegetable packed with antioxidants and nutrients, could play a major role in your everyday health?
With the understanding that eating “healthy” can prevent unwanted weight gain, and help keep you in shape, registered dietician Rachel Link states “superfoods take it to the next step, helping optimize your body’s ability to function by supplying a megadose of nutrients.” The term “superfood” covers a wide array of health benefiting foods that not only taste great, but can directly contribute to the prevention of chronic disease, a boost in your energy levels, and even anti-aging! But what foods hold these components? Here’s a list of 5 superfoods you’ll want to make sure to add into your diet.
Delicious, and packed with multiple benefits like Vitamin C, fiber, and the potential to help fight some inflammatory diseases, blueberries are a super easy add-on to your everyday diet. A few packs from your grocery store, a good wash, and there you have it! These small, but powerful berries can be added into your morning oatmeal or cereal; and if you’re on the go and don’t have time for a sit-down breakfast, throw some in a tupperware and snack on them throughout your day.
A very versatile option, kale is a dark, rough, leafy green that is a phenomenal source of fiber, antioxidants, calcium, and iron. The best part is how many ways it can be prepared. Raw salads, saute it in a small amount of olive oil, a soup or stew, or even, a chip. After a good wash, throw some on a baking sheet with a small amount of olive oil and your preferred seasonings, and Voila! You have yourself a flavorful veggie chip.
Avocado is a staple item when talking about superfoods. In fact, this fruit (though commonly mistaken for a vegetable), has multiple health benefits that we might not all be aware of. Not only are avocados packed with vitamins, but they are also high in potassium, fiber, and monounsaturated fatty acids that are great for overall heart health. Enjoy this creamy fruit by using it as a spread on whole wheat toast or crackers.
Steamed or sauteed, broccoli rabe is another superfood option that not only has tons of health benefits but can be easily prepared in a matter of minutes. Like many of it’s superfood relatives, broccoli rabe has high levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that all contribute to keeping your body healthy. Specifically, this wonderful green also holds nutrient compounds that contribute to overall bone health, and can potentially reduce inflammation caused by chronic disease. Saute it in a little olive oil and garlic (also great additions to an everyday diet), and serve it over your favorite pasta.
Flax seeds are a great addition into your everyday diet. Though not a fruit or vegetable, this tiny little seed is full of benefits that can improve cholesterol, digestion, and even the look of your hair and skin! Not only do flax seeds hold those benefits, but due to their high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, they can also contribute to the reduction of inflammation. Flax seeds are a great addition to oatmeal, granola, or a delicious superfood smoothie!