Superfoods are good for you (hence the term Superfood). They are a great way to get a lot of nutrients in your body in just one food. Most of them taste yummy and can be eaten in a variety of ways. Plus, I’m all about trying something new – I think it’s good for your health and good for your soul.
Easy, peasy. Go to the store and buy one. Bring it home, prepare it (if needed) and give it a try. Hopefully you’ll like it! Involve your family – tell your kids it is a science experiment – that will get them on board. Here is the list of potential Superfoods along with why each one is so good for you:
Spinach and/or Kale – dark, leafy green -those are always good for you. Both of these particular greens are high in vitamins, particularly K, A, C and B6. They also contain magnesium and calcium. Saute them, enjoy them in a green smoothie or juice (yum!), chop them up and add them to salads or soups. Even an omelet is a great way to enjoy your greens!
Blueberries – full of antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, blueberries also have high amounts of vitamin C and potassium. Plus they are YUMMY! Blueberries are great for their anti-inflammatory effect. Add a cup to your oatmeal, make a smoothie or just eat them as a snack. My kiddos love to eat them frozen!
Salmon or Sardines – both of these are very heart healthy fish varieties thanks to their high levels of Omega-3’s, and both are pretty easy to find. Make sure you purchase WILD, not farmed fish. The farmed salmon is pink only because of the dye it is given in it’s food. Wild salmon is pink due to the krill it eats. Grill or bake the salmon, use the sardines in place of canned tuna.
Beans, quinoa or both – we are talking fiber here. Fiber will keep you full and keep your digestive tract running the way it should. Beans can be added to salads or soups, eaten as a side dish, and are perfect in Mexican dishes! In fact, I’ll be sharing a great bean burrito recipe tomorrow, so check back! Quinoa is easy to prepare and a great alternative to rice.
Dark Chocolate – okay, if you pick this one, you have to be fair and pick another Superfood to try this week too! Dark chocolate contains lots of antioxidants and can even help lower blood pressure. To qualify, the darker the better – go for at least 70% cocoa count. And keep your serving size small – one or two ounces is plenty!
So please, enjoy your Superfood this week!
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