Superfoods: What Are They, Really?

Superfoods:What Are They, Really?

“Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments.” -Bethenny Frankel

A superfood is a food that contains a densely packed concentration of vital nutrients, vitamins and minerals, including healthy fats, antioxidants, fiber, healthy enzymes, and other healthy properties that can help treat or lower the risk of certain diseases. True superfoods are extremely rich and loaded with nutrient rich qualities our bodies respond very well to.

So, why eat superfoods?

Most superfoods are quite abundant and never hard to find at the grocery store. You can find most of them in the produce section and some packaged like nuts (make sure no additional ingredients have been added). It can be challenging to grab multiple nutrients from a single serving of most foods and that’s where superfoods come in. Superfoods are charged with more nutrients in a single gram than eating any other foods and could also help promote a healthy, balanced diet.

Here is a list of benefits that come with eating superfoods:
1. Promotes better digestion
2. Known to fight cancer and heart disease
3. Protect organs from toxins (detoxification)
4. Helps free radicals
5. Lower cholesterol
6. Maintain healthy metabolism
7. Reduce inflammation in the body

What are some superfoods?

You don’t ever have to go hunting or spending lots of money on superfoods. Some superfoods are foods you might already have eaten. Each superfood has it own uniqueness about them and can aid in more things than others. Here are our favorites superfoods you absolutely need to incorporate in your diet if you haven’t already!

Kale: Loaded with vitamins A, C, and L, fiber, calcium, and other essential minerals
Quinoa: High in fiber and protein, helps control blood sugar
Blueberries, cranberries, mulberries: High in antioxidants
Cacao (raw chocolate): High iron, calcium, magnesium, antioxidants
Pink grapefruit: High in Vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and maintains healthy heart
Pomegranate: Anti-inflammatory/antioxidants, aid in heart disease, high in Vitamin C, digestion
Acai berry: Antioxidants, promotes healthy brain and heart health, healthy fats and fiber
Beans and whole grains: Healthy energy source, contains healthy fats, fiber, and protein
Chia seeds, flax seeds: High levels of minerals and healthy fats
Squash: Anti-inflammatory, healthy vision, lungs, and aids in diabetes management
Salmon, sardines, mackerel (oily fish): Rich in omega-3 fatty acids