What’s a superfood?
Superfoods are mostly plant-based foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are designed to provide the body with the greatest health benefits.
No, no, we know what you’re thinking, “these foods must be gross”. They’re not—trust us.
Most of these superfoods are everyday ingredients! By simply adding more of them into your daily diet, you can enhance your health and well-being immensely.
Here are 10 of our favorite superfoods that you should try eating this week.
Asparagus is one of the most flavorful greens. Its stems are not only packed with flavor but also many health benefits that have dubbed them a superfood.
Asparagus is a great source of vitamin K, which is great for bone building and reducing bloat. This vegetable also contains many antioxidants that serve as a natural diuretic.
Asparagus is especially great for mothers, as it contains high levels of folate or folic acid that are crucial for the development of your baby.
Avocado is one of our favorite foods for many reasons. This creamy veggie is both the perfect topping and the perfect addition to your diet.
Avocados are filled with monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, folate, potassium, and magnesium—no wonder they’re one of the most widely consumed and eaten superfoods.
Try it: Avocado Toast with Prosciutto
Blueberries are the most widely known superfood. Why? Because blueberries are one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world.
That’s right, the world.
These little blue fruits are packed with a broad range of antioxidants, ranging from anthocyanins that keep your memory sharp as you age to resveratrol that helps your blood flow as it should.
Consuming just one cup of blueberries can help you:
- Combat aging
- Boost brain function
- Fight cancer
- Aid with digestion
- Promote heart health
- Aid in weight loss
- Restore hormone balance
Everyone’s favorite veggie, Broccoli, is packed with more health benefits than you might think—soluble fiber that draws cholesterol out of your body, kaempferol to reduce inflammation, vitamin K to promote bone health, and sulforaphane to promote heart health to name a few.
Broccoli is one of the most versatile vegetables to cook with and is found in many different types of cuisine. Try it in our Orange Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry tonight to get all of these delicious health benefits.
Scrambled, sunny side up, or hard boiled—no matter how you take them, you’re eating well. Eggs are packed with quality protein, amongst many other powerful nutrients. They are seen as a nearly perfect food because they are filled with a little bit of every nutrient the body need.
A single egg contains upwards of 6 grams of protein with essential amino acids so our body can use them to their full advantage.
Try it: Korean Bibimbap
Kale, one of the trendiest vegetables known to man, is considered one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. This earthy green is typically a darker green or purple color. Its leaves are filled with massive amounts of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin c, manganese, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
All of these properties assist the body in lowering cholesterol, assisting in blood health, fight cancer, protecting eyes, and much more.
Learn more about kale here!
Try it: Roasted Glazed Salmon
Mushrooms come in many shapes and sizes, but all possess immense health benefits. They are most known for their ability to assist with lowering cholesterol levels in the body.
Because they are packed with lean proteins, they possess zero levels of cholesterol or fat and have very low levels of carbohydrates. These lean proteins help burn off cholesterol as they mushrooms are digested.
Mushrooms are also great for those with diabetes. As mentioned, they have no fats, no cholesterol, and very low levels of carbs. They pack in high levels of protein and a massive amount of minerals and vitamins that are designed to break down sugar or starch in food. This helps diabetics regulate their blood sugar and promote the formation of insulin throughout the body.
Learn how to cook with mushrooms here!
Try it: Asparagus and Mushroom Bowl
8. Sweet Potato
Sweet potatoes are not just delicious, they’re good for you too! Sweet potatoes are high in many nutrients, such as vitamin C, vitamin D, iron, and magnesium. These properties provide great health benefits that can help improve energy levels, support a healthy immune system, and help reduce stress.
Sweet potatoes are best enjoyed roasted or mashed, much like regular potatoes. Because of their sweet flavor, they are a delicious way to get the best properties for your body.
Salmon, like blueberries, is another common superfood that is widely well-known. Salmon is a light, flaky fish that possess all of the delicious omega-3’s your body craves. Omega-3’s are fatty acids that give you several health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, decreasing inflammation, reducing the risk of cancer, improving the function of your arteries, and much more.
Salmon is one of the most versatile proteins out there. Marinated, baked, grilled, raw, this fish is delicious in any and all forms.
Try it: Asian Baked Salmon with Bok Choy
Tomatoes contain an abundance of antioxidants, which is why they’ve landed on our list of delicious superfoods. These antioxidants are known to defend against cancers in the prostate, cervix, stomach, and breasts.
Tomatoes are also rich in vitamin C, another property that prevents cancer cells from damaging the body.
Try it: Shakshuka with Feta and Frisee