If you’re ready to reset and feel renewed, introducing superfoods to your diet can help. They have the power to give you more energy, boost your mental clarity, and improve anti-aging factors. Healthy foods typically have about two to three nutritional properties, but superfoods are highly rich in nutrients with 12 or more properties of antioxidants, fiber, protein, vitamins and more. Don’t be afraid to start with the basics until you feel confident enough to explore other options. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Considered one of the healthiest fruits, blueberries are packed with disease-fighting antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. Consuming one serving of blueberries will replenish you with 25% of the daily recommendation for vitamin C. Increasing your intake of antioxidants will protect you from free radical cells, which have been linked to aging and other diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Not only do they contribute to a healthier brain and stronger heart, blueberries are also low in calories and keep you feeling full longer. This delicious berry is the perfect fruit to toss in a salad or garnish your favorite cocktail.
Fruit or vegetable? This pear-shaped fruit grows on a tree and has about twice the potassium of a banana. It’s high in healthy fats and full of folate, vitamins C, B and K. Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, specifically oleic acid, which offers significant protection against breast cancer. They help regulate blood pressure, protect against heart disease and strokes, and improve digestion by getting rid of toxins. The beauty of avocados is you can easily incorporate them into your diet. Sprinkle salt and pepper and enjoy it as a healthy snack on its own or include it in soups, smoothies or dips for an extra creamy texture.
As one of the most nutritious fish on the planet, you can meet your nutrient needs with just two servings of salmon per week. It’s loaded with vital amounts of essential omega-3 fatty acids (good cholesterol), which your body can’t produce on its own. More specifically, EPA and DHA are the two main fatty acids found in salmon and have been credited with reducing inflammation, lowering blood pressure, decreasing the risk of cancer, and increasing the function of the cells in your arteries. This powerful fish is full of other essential minerals like iron, calcium, selenium and phosphorus, as well as vitamins A, B and D. You don’t have to get fancy to enjoy salmon because it can easily be steamed, sauteéd, smoked, grilled or baked. Just coat it with butter and season it with a fresh herb of your choice to savor a variety of flavors.
This bright yellow powder is native to India and has emerged from the ginger family with two main healing components, curcumin and turmerone. However, it’s because of curcumin that turmeric is considered a “functional food,” meaning it has the potential to positively affect your health beyond basic nutrition. The anti-oxidative properties of curcumin help combat early aging and liver disease. Turmeric is a supreme spice because it’s an excellent source of fiber, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C and magnesium, helps regulate blood sugar levels, and boosts your immune system by detoxifying your body. Mix turmeric into your juice with carrots and orange for a refreshing detox that will leave your skin glowing. Or, misbehave on your next night out and ask your server about crafting your cocktail with turmeric for an artful alternative.
START FEELING GOOD TODAY
Eating healthy has been proven to optimize the way you feel. If you want to strengthen your immune system and create a better quality of life, start by introducing superfoods to your daily diet. Get ready to feel refreshed and energized with all the benefits these foods have to offer.