Superfoods are recognized by many nutritionists and dietitians as foods that provide amazing health benefits and are, in many cases, delicious too. These foods are packed with vitamins and minerals and can lower your risk of some diseases. While the list of superfoods is long, here are seven to look for the next time you go shopping.
Packed with antioxidants, these low-calorie berries are high in potassium and vitamin C. Not only can they lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, they are also an anti-inflammatory. Sprinkle blueberries on cereal or granola, use them in high-fiber pancakes or just snack on them in the middle of the day.
Being healthy doesn’t mean saying no to chocolate. When it comes to chocolate, the darker and higher concentrate of cocoa, the better. Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants and can lower blood pressure but avoid milk chocolate, which contains more fat and sugar.
The incredible, edible egg has had a “should you, shouldn’t you” reputation over the past few years. Our thoughts: you should! Each egg has six grams of protein but just 72 calories, making you feel fuller without eating as many calories. They’re also packed full of vitamins A, D, E, B6 and B12. Have a few eggs for breakfast or snack on a hard-boiled egg as a snack.
Kale is our Beaumont Food of the Month! It’s one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet and a nutritional powerhouse. Kale is a good source of several minerals and is packed with vitamin K, which contributes to blood clotting, antioxidant activity, and bone health.
One glass of red wine each day is a nice routine and can boost your health. Red wine, made with the dark skin and seeds of grapes, is rich in polyphenols—a type of antioxidant that includes resveratrol, and resveratrol, a natural plant compound, has antioxidant and inflammatory properties. Some studies have shown resveratrol hindering cancer cell growth and preventing blood clots.
Salmon is a much healthier alternative to red meat and a great source of omega 3-fatty acids, which are great for your heart. Omega-3 fatty acids help keep cortisol and adrenaline from spiking when you’re feeling tense, which means salmon is a perfectly healthy comfort food and great for your waistline.
Sweet potatoes are packed with antioxidants (more than blueberries!) and vitamin C and A. In fact, half a large baked sweet potato delivers more than 450% of your daily dose of vitamin A, which protects your vision and your immune system.
This list of superfoods should give you a great start to eating healthier in 2014! Which other superfoods have you tried lately?