WPG Health Update: What’s So Super About Superfood?
If you want to really feel like a superman or superwoman try eating some superfoods.
Superfoods don’t have a clear definition but they are commonly known as food that have high nutritional value. They could be high in antioxidants, aid in digestion, or contain important vitamins and fiber. We should think of food as our medicine that can help us prevent serious illness. On the other side of that coin, eating foods that are not so super can increase our risk of disease. The food we eat is our fuel that gives us our energy and it is a big part of keeping our body and mind healthy. Some well-known superfoods are kale, salmon, and blueberries.
Check out our list of seven superfoods that can easily be added to your diet as quickly as a trip to your local grocery store.
Kale is a vegetable very similar to spinach but packs an even bigger punch when it comes to nutrition. Kale contains phytonutrients which has been shown to prevent certain types of cancer and can be quite delicious if prepared properly.
Salmon is full of selenium, omega-3 fatty acids, and B vitamins which help cut cholesterol, improve blood circulation, and could even cut down the risk of cancer. Salmon is very versatile. It can been enjoyed raw in sushi or it can be grilled, sautéed or baked.
In addition to having those amazing phytonutrients, blueberries have been shown to improve memory, reduce symptoms of depression, and reduce blood sugar in adults. Blueberries have even been considered to aid in treatment for Alzheimer’s. Just one cup a day as a snack or in your salad can give you a whole lot of benefits.
Cocoa and cocoa powder contain antioxidants and flavonoids which together improve blood flow and lower blood pressure. However, avoid processed cocoa powder which is stripped of almost all its nutritional value. Cocoa by itself has a bitter taste, but it can be added to smoothies, milkshakes, or even a glass of milk.
Black beans contain an incredible amount of protein as well as antioxidants and iron which make them a great addition to any healthy diet, especially because they contain no saturated fats. Black beans are a staple in Latin cooking and can be added to tacos, burritos, or just on the side.
Not only are oats high in fiber, which aids in digestion, they are also full of potassium, magnesium, and phytonutrients which add tons of other health benefits. Oats can be eaten for breakfast or they can be made into delicious oatmeal raisin cookies.
Tomatoes are chock full of vitamin C and lycopene which can help protect your skin against UV rays and also lower cholesterol. They also contain potassium and fiber which are important to our body. Tomatoes can be prepared so many different ways it’s hard to name just one, but a personal favorite is bruschetta on toast with some balsamic vinegar.