Everyone knows that eating a healthier diet can help with everything from weight loss to aging. But adopting healthier eating habits can also feel restrictive and overwhelming. An easy but effective approach is to avoid too much focus on what you shouldn’t eat and instead focus on adding delicious superfoods you should eat. Simply look for these seven superfoods the next time you hit up the grocery store, and challenge yourself to find fun ways to incorporate them into your meals and snacks for the week:
Goji berries are known for their bright red-orange color and tart flavor. Like other fruits, they are loaded in vitamins and antioxidants, but they are unique in their high concentration of protein and their natural anti-inflammatory properties. Goji berries add a burst of flavor and powerful nutrition when mixed into yogurt, sprinkled on top of a salad, or blended into your morning smoothie.
Flaxseed is full of omega-3s and fiber, making it a superfood ally to your heart and digestive system. Sprinkle ground flaxseed on your oatmeal, yogurt, or blend it into a smoothie to start your day off with a heart-friendly health boost.
Walnuts are the nutrition superstars of trail mix. These hearty nuts contain high levels of healthy fats, fiber, and protein. They also contain a significant percentage of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a powerful antioxidant and natural anti-inflammatory. If you’ve been experiencing joint pain or other signs of inflammation, embracing walnuts as part of your diet may help.
Salmon, especially the more expensive wild-caught kind, is naturally rich in healthy fats and omega-3s. These promote heart health, make your hair shiny, and can even boost your mood and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Try to eat salmon at least a couple of times a week, whether it’s baked salmon with quinoa and veggies for dinner, or smoked salmon on a whole wheat bagel thin with cream cheese, capers, and tomatoes for a decadent yet nutritious breakfast.
Similar to couscous or barley, but even more nutritious, quinoa is a versatile superfood. Quinoa is unusual because it contains all of the essential amino acids your body needs to function at its full potential, making it a complete protein. Its mild, nutty flavor can be seasoned in a variety of ways, can be added to soups and stews, and makes a complete healthy dinner if served with roasted vegetables or grilled chicken or fish.
Even more packed with nutrients than its (also quite good for you) relative spinach, kale is a dark leafy green that can help give you healthy, glowing skin, improve your digestion, and even lower your risk of heart disease. Some people find raw kale to be a little bitter, but the flavor becomes more mellow and appealing if sauteed lightly in a small amount of olive oil with fresh lemon and garlic. Baby kale has a more gentle flavor while still being loaded with nutrients, making it a great salad option.
This small purple berry fits a lot of nutrition into a tiny package. Acai is full of antioxidants called anthocyanins which protect the body from heart disease and some forms of cancer. If you can’t find fresh acai where you live, look for frozen acai that doesn’t have any sugar added and use it as a base for nutritious smoothies.
Hopefully, these seven superfoods inspire you to add a little color, flavor, and nutrition to your meals. Incorporating more superfoods into your diet is a fun and easy way to gain greater health and vitality. By adding these tasty, nutrient-dense superfoods to your repertoire, you will start reaping health benefits right away. If you would like more ideas and guidance for embracing a healthy lifestyle, contact us today.
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