In our world of diet fads and “this is the best for you” gimmicks, it is sometimes difficult to wrap our heads around what foods we should be eating. The key is to not get lost in the chaos of it all and focus on getting the right nutrients from the right foods. Super foods, as they are called, are those very nutrient rich foods that have been shown to improve health, lessen disease, and even aid in healthy weight. So, what is a super food you ask? In this article we will be snacking on top super foods to count in your diet plan.
The first super food is blueberries. These fiber-rich fruits have a low amount of calories per serving and have also been shown to help aid in anti-aging. You could throw these into a smoothie, top your yogurt, or even make them into a cobbler for a delicious treat that is also good for you. Have a sweet tooth? Try freezing them for a tasty, refreshing treat.
Avocados are all the craze these days, but they are still the next super food that we believe is a ‘must’ in your diet. While the fat content of these has been viewed as a bad thing to some, the fats in avocados are high in good fats – ones that your body needs and naturally processes. Plus, their good fats contain Oleic acid, which has been linked to curbing your appetite. On top of all of this, avocados are also high in protein and fiber.
Next up is nuts, and more specifically almonds. While most nuts have good fats that your body needs, almonds have been proven to also aid in weight loss. Next time you want to grab some crackers to fulfill those late afternoon hunger pains, grab a bag of almonds instead.
Let’s talk about a meal staple that provides maximum nutrients to help supplement many of the snack foods we have been discussion. Salmon is a lean source of protein and is packed with monounsaturated fats, which is a very positive fat for your body. Need a side dish to fill this meal out? The next two super foods round this meal out to give you a satisfying, healthy meal. First is broccoli; the nutrient rich vegetable has been known to help aid in cancer prevention. It is also high in fiber and low in calories. Pair this with brown rice and your meal is almost complete. Brown rice is high in resistant starch, which is healthy carb that helps you raise your metabolism and burn fat.
What meal would be complete without a beverage? We know that sometimes water can get boring, so go ahead and pour yourself a glass of wine. Resveratrol is an antioxidant found on grape skin which is then made into wine and becomes a super food for your daily life. In moderation, of course.
Not a wine fan? We still have a thirst quenching super food to incorporate into your meal. Green tea will satiate you like water. On top of this it has antioxidants that have been shown to help aid in weight loss.
There are certainly more super foods that can be added to your diet to help your healthy lifestyle. Just remember, the simpler you keep your diet, the better off you are. Happy and healthy day to you!