Superfoods

superfoods

Superfoods are everywhere! Actually, I haven’t heard the term too much lately.  But, fear not, superfoods still exist.  While there’s no official definition of superfood, it’s safe to say we can all agree that superfoods provide high levels of vitamins and minerals.  These foods can make you more energetic, fight disease, and maybe even lose weight.  What a winning combo!

Which Superfoods Should I Try?

Where do we begin?  There’s a pretty long list of foods that fall under the “superfood” umbrella.  Let’s start with my favorites.  These are always on my shopping list, even if I haven’t run out.  Keep in mind, this is not an all-inclusive list.

superfoods

  • Eggs: First of all, don’t be afraid of yolks.  Eggs are an excellent source of protein. Eat your eggs whole.  Yolks are where the majority of the nutrients are found; Vitamin A, B2, B5, B12, Selenium, among others.  Eggs contain small amounts of almost every mineral and vitamin required by us;
  • Old-Fashioned or Steel-Cut Oats:  When it comes to nutrition, these two are nearly identical.  So pick your favorite.  They are high in fiber, lower cholesterol, and help with weight loss.
  • Salmon:  Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce cardiovascular disease.  Research suggests one of the fatty acids in salmon may offer UV protection.
  • Spinach:  Spinach is high in Vitamin C, which promotes healthy skin and hair.  The high fiber and water content in spinach prevent constipation and promote regularity.
  • Brown Rice:  A cup of brown rice contains 3.5 g of fiber, which is 14% of the daily recommended amount.  Foods high in fiber may help prevent colon cancer.
  • Asparagus:  High in Vitamin K, asparagus helps with blood clotting and strong bones.  Asparagus also contains antioxidants.  These help repair damage done by free radicals to help prevent cancer.
  • Sweet Potatoes:  Sweet potatoes are cancer-preventing and good for the immune system.  Vitamins A and C make them an excellent choice those with asthma or arthritis.

Which of these are on your list?  Did I miss any of your favorites?

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