A few weeks ago I shared 10 ways to detox your system to get your body back to proper working conditions. Along with the simple steps you can take to detox, there are foods you should be eating to keep your system functioning properly.
What is a superfood?
Superfoods are nutrient rich foods that have a large does of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Eating a diet rich in superfoods can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases, improve digestion and help you maintain a healthy body and mind, among other benefits.
A lot of people think superfoods and think gross tasting and boring foods. But that is not the case if you know how to incorporate them smartly into your daily diet.
Here are my 15 favorite superfoods.
Blueberries: #1 on my favorite superfood list, blueberries are antioxidant rich, high in fiber and vitamin C, and are low in calories. They support cardiovascular and brain health, and they taste delicious!
Quinoa: Gluten free, high in protein, fiber and iron, quinoa is a great substitute for rice. Mix quinoa with veggies or protein for a healthy, filling meal.
Salmon: Salmon is rich in Omega-3s, which help reduce risk of heart disease. It is also a great source of protein and iron, and is low in saturated fat. Grab some canned salmon (Costco sells them in packs of 6 that are really good!) and add it to a spinach salad with an oil and vinegar dressing.
Greek Yogurt: Full of probiotics which are good for a healthy digestive system, greek yogurt can be used as a substitute for sour cream in cooking and baking. It also may be more tolerable for people with dairy sensitivities. I top mine with chia seeds for an extra boost of calcium and fiber.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil is rich in healthy fats and a great source of energy. It can also help control hunger and burn more fat due to the medium-chain triglycerides.
Kale: In the last 5 years or so, people have really started to embrace kale as a superfood. It’s not the best tasting vegetable in my opinion, but it’s rich in iron and has more vitamin K than any other whole food I can think of. It has more iron than beef and more vitamin C than an orange! We love to make kale chips with a little sea salt!15 great superfoods you need in your diet! Click To Tweet
Eggs: Eggs are a great source of protein and good cholesterol. They contain 12 vitamins and minerals and support brain development and memory. Make a batch of hard boiled eggs for an easy to grab snack!
Sweet potato: High in vitamin A, sweet potatoes are packed with fiber and antioxidants. They contain vitamins A and C, potassium and calcium. Substitute sweet potatoes for regular white potatoes at any meal.
Avocado: Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and are rich in vitamins C, K, E, B, as well as potassium (more potassium than a banana actually). They are full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and can help reduce your cholesterol. Little A loves eating avocado plain, and I like to add them to my salads and make fresh guacamole.
Chia seeds: Did you know chia seeds actually have more calcium than a glass of milk? They are rich in Omega-3s, antioxidants, fiber and other minterals. They can also help you feel fuller longer. Try them in a smoothie or on yogurt.
Pumpkin: Pumpkin is not a food that people look to often for daily nutrition. But pumpkin is actually veryhigh in antioxidants and vitamin A, as well as vitamins C and E. It is also said to support your vision and eye health. I love making pumpkin smoothies with vanilla protein powder, almond milk and a dash of pumpkin pie seasoning.
Green tea: Green tea is antioxidant rich and contains less caffeine than coffee, but still provides you with a boost of energy. It contains L-theanine, which can help relieve stress and has also been linked to lowering blood pressure. (source)
Flaxseed: The hubby and I have been eating flaxseed for a few years now, and it’s benefits are abundant. It contains Omega-3s that support heart health, fiber, and more lignans than any other plant (lignans help regulate hormones in women, improve prostate function in men, and have been shown to help cardiovascular health. Source).
Spinach: Spinach is high in iron, which a lot of women don’t get enough of in their daily diets. It is rich in vitamins A, C and K, as well as a great source of magnesium and vitamin B2 (riboflavin), which is crucial for nutrient absorption. Spinach salads are my absolute favorite. I add chicken, dried cranberries and a little dressing. It’s my favorite go to lunch.
Nuts: Nuts are one of my favorite foods for heart-healthy fats. They a great source of protein and fiber, but make sure you keep the portions in control due to the high fat content. My favorites are almonds, walnuts, pistachios and pecans.
There are many more superfoods out there, but these are some of my favorites. These foods are readily available at your grocery store and easy to incorporate into your daily diet.
Question of the day: What are some of your favorite superfood recipes?
Have a great day love bugs!