Have you ever heard of a “superfood”? If your answer is NO, then you are in the right place. In here I explain to you what superfoods are all about.
A superfood is a “normal” food but very rich in nutrients that is beneficial in terms of health and well-being. They are not only great to keep you healthy, but they also have the necessary nutrients that you need to eat. Why eat two or three times the amount of calories when you only need a food to satisfy the same nutritional value?
Here is a list of the best superfoods (in no particular order):
Kale has become popular recently. It is one of the best “new” foods that all “professionals” recommend. The reason is simple: kale is absolutely loaded with antioxidants, some of which help improve your eyesight and even fight cancer! It is also the most nutrient-dense food on the planet, with many vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, fatty acids and fiber. All this is packed in this leafy green, which is only 33 calories per cup. If you have to include it in a salad or mix it in a smoothie, do your best to include kale in your diet.
Centuries ago, Quinoa was considered by the Inca Empire to be a sacred food. We like to think that this was because they knew about quinoa being a complete protein that contains all the essential amino acids. Like kale, it is very rich in nutrients – containing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, omega-3, fatty acids and fiber. It is also gluten free and considered as a whole grain.
Drop the processed chocolate and start eating cocoa instead. It contains more benefits than chocolate and no disadvantages. Cocoa are found in delicious little feathers, or in powder form, you can mix it in coffees, beverages, and any other drink you desire. It is an excellent aphrodisiac and releases the anandamide which improves your state of mind. Cocoa also has omega-6 fatty acids and an enormous amount of antioxidants – even more than dark chocolate, which contains the percentages of cocoa. It provides natural energy, reduces bad cholesterol and lowers blood pressure. It also reduces the appetite that helps burn fat and is ideal for your cardiovascular system.
If only there were magical seeds that reduce your appetite and help you feel fuller faster. Oh, wait, there is! They are called chia seeds and they are filled with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, 5g of fiber, and 3g of protein (in just one tablespoon)! They are a perfect addition to snacks like cereal or yogurt.
If you like the taste of broccoli or not, you can not deny that it is filled with antioxidants, minerals and great vitamins. It also contains a good amount of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that the body turns into vitamin A, which keeps our skin, eyes and immune system healthy. That’s not all! Broccoli has more vitamin C than orange, plus it contains a large dose of fiber. Best of all, there are only 30 calories in 1 cup!
Popeye’s favorite! Did you think that broccoli has few calories? 1 cup spinach (has only 7 calories) provides benefits for every part of your body. Its phytonutrients protect the cell structure, folic acid promotes the health of the cardiovascular system and its magnesium lowers blood pressure. Spinach is as rich as broccoli in nutrients and can be easily included in your diet!
If you are vegetarian, vegan, or just looking for an excellent source of protein, hemp seeds are indispensable! These delicious seeds pack 10g of protein in just three tablespoons, and contain fatty acids omega-3, 6, and 9, which makes them incredibly nutritious! Oh, and we can not forget to mention that they have so a lot of vitamins and minerals.
Another powerful seed with many health benefits that has been eaten for several thousand years. Flaxseed is an excellent source of fiber and one of the richest in omega-3 fatty acids. They are the source of lignans that can reduce your risk of osteoporosis and diseases like heart disease. Among the many benefits are healthier skin and hair, weight loss, reduce cholesterol and improve digestive health. Flaxseed has also been key in many studies for its cancer fighting properties.
One of the healthiest spices you can eat, ginger contains powerful antioxidants, and it is anti-inflammatory. This delicious spice works wonders to fight against cold, flu, nausea, headaches, menstrual cramps and other types of illnesses. It also helps to maintain healthy blood circulation, which reduces fevers and chills. Try the ginger juice and avoid the high fructose corn syrup drinks labeled “ginger ale” and in addition they do not contain any real ginger.
Another increasingly popular superaliment, avocado is a very nutritious source for good fats. The difference between avocado fat and other fat is that avocado contains mainly monounsaturated fats. These are the healthy fats needed for a good-hearted wellness. They are also very high in fiber and they have more potassium than a banana. Avocados are ideal foods for weight loss as well because of their high fiber content and low carbohydrate content. This fruit can also help prevent cancer and lower your cholesterol levels.