Superfoods get that status because they are packed with nutrients that boost your health in many ways. You’ve probably heard the term at some point and might even want to try them all out. Eating superfoods can do a bunch of great things for your body, including warding off disease, controlling your weight and helping you look and feel your best all the time. Here are the top 10 to keep in your kitchen. They each taste great and can be prepared in a variety of ways to keep you from getting bored. Enjoy!
Blueberries are one of the top superfoods you can choose. They might be tiny, but they pack a huge antioxidant punch. Antioxidants fight free radical damage in your body, which prevents all sorts of health issues, including heart disease and cancer. You can pop blueberries plain or you can toss them into oatmeal or a smoothie for a tasty way to get healthy.
2 Have Some Pistachios Today
Nuts are a prime source of healthy fats, which are good for your brain and heart. However, they do contain more calories than other snacks. Eating pistachios takes some time because you have to remove the shells and they hold you accountable as they pile up. Pistachios are also a great source of fiber and protein so you can’t go wrong.
3 You Will Love Egg Whites
Eggs are a good choice for just about anyone. The whites will save you some calories and are loaded with protein. Egg whites are pretty versatile and you can use them to make an omelet with veggies or in your favorite quick breads. You should always keep some eggs on hand.
4 Try Some Pumpkin Today
If the only time you eat pumpkin is in a pie, it’s time to branch out and try something new. Canned pumpkin (not the kind you bake into a pie) has tons of vitamin A for healthy immunity and gums and lots of potassium, which is important for a healthy blood pressure. Use canned pumpkin in stew, smoothies or oatmeal for a great taste and lots of nutrition.
5 Slice up a Red Bell Pepper
Bell peppers are a really good source of vitamin C and fiber and they taste sweet too. Red peppers are also chock full of antioxidants, which help keep you healthy. Bell peppers are low in calories, which make them perfect if you’re watching your waistline.
6 Indulge in Some Dark Chocolate
Just because you’re trying to be healthy doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some chocolate now and then. The trick is choosing dark chocolate, which is much healthier than milk chocolate. Chocolate that is at least 70 percent cacao loads you up with antioxidants and satisfies a craving at the same time.
7 Add Spinach to Your Grocery List
There are lots of ways to prepare spinach, including adding them to a veggie salad, a bowl of soup or sautéed with garlic as a side dish. Spinach is a fiber filled green veggie that also contains vitamin K, which improves your blood and bone health. It’s also good for your heart.
8 Cook up a Bowl of Oats
Oats make yummy and healthy morning meal that lets you enjoy a superfood that’s easy to prepare and that tastes great topped with berries and honey. Oats are full of fiber, which is great for your heart and weight, but they also taste good so you should have no problem enjoying them.
9 Try Sardines Today – You Won’t Be Sorry
Sardines are one of the best fish choices you can buy and they get superfood status because they contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are necessary for your heart and brain. Sardines are also full of protein. Try them on toast or grilled with some veggies to create a salad you won’t be able to get enough of.
10 You Can’t Go Wrong with Beans
Beans are affordable and versatile, which gives them superfood status in my book. However, they are also full of fiber and protein, making them a great option for people who don’t eat meat. Beans also contain potassium and magnesium. Add them to salads, mash them to make a dip or toss beans into your tacos and burritos. Yum!
Which of these superfoods do you love best? Which ones do you still need to try?