If you have read any health magazine out today, you have no doubt seen articles about superfoods. For those not familiar, a superfood is nutrient dense while being low in calories. They contain a high amount of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Many in the field believe that by adding more of these foods into your diet you can help your body deal with chronic inflammation. Long standing inflammation in the body is being linked to the development of many chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. People who eat more superfoods are healthier and thinner than those who don’t.
There are many different superfoods so I am going to share a few of my favorite ones, although I have many more, that I feel have made a difference in my health and performance.
The first one is the egg. This is coming from a girl who didn’t start eating eggs regularly until a couple of years ago. I hated eggs for years and would only choke down a hard boiled egg as a protein source when I had to. Now, I eat eggs nearly everyday. Eggs are the definition of a superfood-low in calories and nutrient dense. They are an excellent source of protein with a hefty dose of vitamins D and B12, selenium and choline. They contain amino acids that help to build muscle and support proper body function. Research shows that those who eat eggs have a higher intake of almost all nutrients compared to non egg eaters. For those of you worried about eggs raising your cholesterol, research shows that eating 1-2 per day has nearly no impact on that in most people. For bonus benefit use Omega 3 eggs.
The next one is the avocado. Now I know most people can’t get past the green color but this healthy fat has a very mild taste and great cardiovascular benefits. They are an excellent source of potassium and high in fiber. They also may help to fight off diabetes and high cholesterol. I like to use avocados in place of mayo when making egg or tuna salad. They also can be added into any salad or placed on sandwiches. Who doesn’t like guacamole but hold the chips for me please.
The third superfood is asparagus. Asparagus comes in three colors white, purple and green. All three are equally nutritious. Look for ones that are pencil thin. They are high in Vitamin K needed to support bone health and blood clotting. Asparagus are also abundant in antioxidants to help battle free radicals and once again reduce your risk of chronic diseases. They are also known to be a natural diuretic. I like to roast these with olive oil at 400 degrees for @ 20 minutes.
My last favorite is wild caught salmon. This tasty fish is high in Omega 3’s which our bodies cannot make on its own. Salmon helps to reduce inflammation, improve circulation and increase the ratio of good cholesterol to bad. It is also high in selenium which helps to reduce cell damage. You can bake or grill this fish with asparagus for a quick and nutritious dinner.
I hope now I have sparked your interest to start adding in more superfoods to your daily diet and start reaping their health benefits. If you want anymore ideas please don’t hesitate to ask.