When we think about it, what are these superfoods that have been doing rounds in the fitness community for a few years now? These are foods that are plant-based and are great for the health since it provides an ample amount of nutrients to the body. Superfoods are multi-functioning foods that fight several diseases, as well. Some believe that if you are feeling unappreciated, then, food can be your comfort, and what is better than healthy food?
Thinking about ‘healthy superfoods’, the first thought that pops in your head is that these foods must be tasteless. However, these foods are delicious when prepared properly and it is mostly mixed with the ingredients that we see in our kitchen and easily bought in the supermarket. So, all you need to do is increase its quantity in your meals and you’ll of reap the healthy benefits.
Here is a list of our top 10 superfoods that can change your fitness and health game entirely:
Asparagus is packed with vitamin K and helps prevent bloating. It also aids in building strong bones and is rich in antioxidants plus folic acid. According to Saundra Jain, PsyD, “A higher intake of folate (found in many types of beans, as well as asparagus, spinach and broccoli) was found to lower the risk of depression and anxiety disorders.” You can roast it and serve with your proteins or blanch this superfood for healthy salads. The options are limitless.
This one particular food is our favorite as there are so many ways to prepare it. Avocado tastes so good that you won’t be able to say no to it. It is rich in vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, magnesium, potassium, folic acid and monounsaturated fatty acids. Nutrients packed in this single superfood are immense. To see and feel its “magic”, you need to try it for yourself.
Now, who doesn’t love blueberries? First, it tastes like a party in your mouth and secondly it is the world’s most nutritious food. Here is what blueberries can do:
- Restore hormonal balance
- Battle aging
- Help in weight loss
- Enhance brain function
- Stimulate heart health
- Combat cancer
- Help in digestion
These berries are packed with anthocyanin, an antioxidant that regulates blood flow and keeps your memory sharp as you age. According to Mike Dow, PsyD, “Blueberries are truly brain food. They’re high in both flavonoids (antioxidants that help boost memory) and fiber, which manages blood-sugar spikes.”
Our everyday broccoli is rich in vitamin K that is great for bone building; kaempferol that eases soreness and inflammation; sulforaphane to stimulate heart health; and, a soluble fiber that keeps the cholesterol levels in control.
Our mornings start with eggs and our evenings must conclude with them. Eggs are one of those foods that can be incorporated in any meal. You can scramble them, fry them, poach them or boil them. They are packed with proteins and amino acids.
The dark green or purple leaves of kale are rich in magnesium, vitamin C, potassium, manganese, and calcium. It enhances eyesight, controls cholesterol, fights cancer and maintains blood flow.
This food can be used in several ways and has countless benefits. It is great for diabetics and cholesterol patients. Mushrooms is a lean protein food that has no fats in it and burns off cholesterol during digestion. The high level of vitamins and minerals in mushrooms break down the sugar and enhance insulin formation.
These delicious sweet potatoes are a treat for your taste buds and of course, the body. They are packed with countless nutrients including iron, magnesium, vitamin C and D. It helps reduce stress, maintains a strong immune system and keeps the energy high.
Salmon is loved and known by all and its high levels of omega3 is what makes it so special. According to Dallas Carey, PsyD, “Epidemiological data and clinical studies show that omega 3 fatty acids can effectively treat depression. For the best source of these omegas, eat: salmon, tuna, lobster, chia seeds, walnuts, olive oil, flaxseed oil, kale and spinach.” It is delicious and can be cooked in several ways. Consumption of salmon controls your blood pressure, reduces soreness, battles cancer and makes your hair beautiful and shiny.
Tomatoes are a staple item that every home kitchen must have and you must increase its consumption as well. It fights cancer cells especially in the stomach, the cervix, breasts, and prostate.
This is our list of super foods and if you have any of your own, feel free to add to this list.