Food is our main source of energy. Food provides the right vitamins and minerals our body needs to function properly. However, it can be unclear sometimes which foods do what for our bodies.
Obviously, certain foods are going to nourish our bodies more than others. When you stick to eating whole foods that come from the earth, you’re on your way to eating better. The truth is, our bodies were not designed to eat the way most people do these days. But, we can adapt to modern-day eating habits as long as we’re getting a good amount of foods that nourish, too.
We learn when we’re young that carrots are good for your eyesight and milk is good for your bones, but as we get older we tend to forget how to treat our bodies with the nutrients we need. This can be for a number of reasons such as busy schedules, laziness, or overindulging in processed foods too often.
So, we want to take you back to the basics and highlight 10 of our favorite superfoods and explain the science behind what they bring to the table. Let’s dive in!
10 Superfoods To Keep In Your Kitchen
Fish is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which benefit your heart, skin, nails, and hair. The most common fish eaten today are salmon, tuna, trout, sardines, and anchovies. These are all great to include regularly in your diet. Buy it fresh, frozen, or canned!
However, some people are not fish lovers because it has a very specific smell and taste. That's ok if you can’t stomach fish! Omega-3 supplements have your back. You can get the same nutrients you need by taking a daily omega-3 capsule.
The most common of the “superfoods” are leafy greens. This is what most people envision when they think of eating healthy because of their endless health benefits. They are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and fiber.
Try to incorporate spinach, collard greens, kale, or mustard greens into your diet. You can eat them raw in a salad, sauté them, or even add them to smoothies and soups!
Hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, almonds, we can’t get enough of them! Nuts are an amazing addition to salads, oatmeal, or cooked vegetables. They provide a crunch that is undeniably tasty and a great source of plant-based protein.
Like nuts, berries are a great addition to salads and oatmeal. They are also a wonderful way to satiate your after-dinner sweet tooth. These colorful fruits are packed with antioxidants which are essential for fighting off free radicals in the body.
Fill your fridge with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries to indulge in a sweet superfood that also provides health benefits!
Believe it or not, olive oil is a superfood. It is a good source of vitamin E, polyphenols, and monounsaturated fatty acids. All of these are great for your heart health. Drizzle it on salads, cook your veggies in it, or dip your bread in it to soak in the healthy fat goodness.
Whole grains have been shown to lower cholesterol and promote a healthy heart. Whole grains contain several B vitamins which boost your energy levels and also are a great source of insoluble and soluble fiber which helps you stay regular.
A bowl of oatmeal for breakfast is a great way to stay full until lunch. Other whole grains to try include bulgur wheat, quinoa, or brown rice. Be sure when you’re buying whole grain bread at the store that it is made with 100% whole wheat flour.
Yogurt is a fermented food which means it is packed full of probiotics. If you already take Primal Probiotics, you know how beneficial it is to balance the good and bad bacteria in your gut. Yogurt can help, too!
Yogurt makes for a great breakfast (parfaits are delicious!) or even an after-dinner late-night snack. Throw some berries in for an antioxidant boost and you have one tasty, healthy treat.
Some people are confused by the category of legumes because it is not widely talked about. Legumes are a broad category that includes kidney, black, red, and garbanzo beans, as well as soybeans and peas.
Legumes are an excellent source of fiber, folate, and plant-based protein. Throw them in a bowl of brown rice with cooked vegetables and you will love how good you feel after eating such a superfood-packed meal. Or use them in soups or make homemade hummus!
Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, radishes, and turnips all fall into the category of cruciferous vegetables. Steamed, stir-fried, or baked with olive oil, these vegetables are essential to include in a well-balanced diet for their fiber, vitamins, and phytochemicals.
Tomatoes are high in vitamin C which many people struggle to get enough of each day. Tomatoes are common and used in many dishes worldwide from BLT’s to curry. You can prepare them warm in a sauce, soup, or chili, but you can also keep cherry tomatoes on hand to add to salads or eat as a quick snack.
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