What are superfoods?
Super…what? You heard us right – superfoods! These are foods that are high in nutrients and have a ton of health benefits since most are nutrient dense and high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Superfoods are typically plant-based but they can also be found in fish and dairy products.
They are packed with everything our bodies need to help with digestion, weight loss, and glowing skin. Sounds great, right? Luckily, superfoods are readily available at the grocery store of your choice on the “health” aisle and also can be found at the farmer’s market. Most commonly, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s carry a variety of superfoods for a low price.
Unlike “organic” labels which are overseen by the USDA, the term “superfood” is not overseen or regulated by any organization. Instead, any product that is exceptionally high in nutrients can be deemed a superfood!
We proudly present … our Superheros:
Chia Seeds: These are the stars among the superfoods and have recently become very popular. Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, as well as B vitamins, calcium, iron, and magnesium. Their versatility allows them to be easily be added to a smoothie, sprinkled over a salad, or turned into a delicious chia seed pudding!
Flax Seeds: Similar to chia seeds, flax seeds also have a high content of fatty omega-3 acids and fiber. Generally, the consumption of flax seeds can help to reduce the risk of cancer, heart diseases, and type II diabetes.
Açai Berries: Açai berry are native to South and Central America and are extremely high in antioxidants. That’s why its oil is often extracted for skin care products.
Goji Berries: Goji berries are native to China and have been eaten for generations in hopes of living longer. While this has not been proven by science yet, scientists were able to confirm that goji berries are very high in nutrients. They are also said to help with weight loss and improve sleep. Generally, goji berries can be eaten raw, cooked, or dried.
Ginger: This is a very popular spice that is well-known for its health benefits. Ginger has been proven to eliminate gastrointestinal distress, to have anti-inflammatory effects, and to provide morning sickness relief during pregnancies. Additionally, ginger can help to reduce blood sugar and heart disease risks factors. Simply mixing ginger with lemon and hot water can make for an effective tea to help fight off a cold.
Maca Powder: Maca powder is native to Peru and is one of the uprising superfoods that have just recently become popular. It is best known for its energy and fertility boosts. Maca powder can easily be added to a smoothie or consumed as a tea.
Theses are just a few great superfoods to start with. Allow their super powers to transform your life for the Betr.