There are times when we simply just don’t know what to eat. Amidst an array of choices and so many different studies on diet and nutrition, it’s hard to establish what to eat, so that the food chosen provides all the nutritional elements your body needs in order to stay healthy. Still, there is one category of foods called ‘superfoods’ that seem to be a great source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants able to fight free radicals and disease. Besides, they are low in calories. Therefore, don’t forget to make a special place for these superfoods in your kitchen.
Dark greens (kale, bok choy, broccoli, asparagus), sprouts, soy, blueberries, oats, beans, tomatoes are some of the foods that can easily enter into this category. However, these next foods are super healthy having a positive impact upon our lives.
Top of this list are the already famous goji berries. In fact, these red-colored berries are known as being the most nutritionally dense fruits on earth and the most important discovered until now. Still, what makes this fruit a superfood? First of all, goji berries contain trace minerals and all 18 amino acids of which the 8 essential amino acids our body needs. Second, they are a rich source of vitamin C, greater than oranges, 500 times greater. Third, these berries are high in antioxidants that fight free radicals and therefore build up our immune system and protect us against disease and prevent premature aging.
Nuts represent not just a smart snacking choice in your weight loss plan, but also an essential part of a healthy diet. Walnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, pecans. Eating these superfoods reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Nuts are a source of good, unsaturated fats, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, vitamin E. Nuts also contain a substance called plant sterols that helps lower the cholesterol level. Moreover, they are extremely helpful when it comes to controlling your weight.
Well, even though considered as being a rather unimportant fruit, bananas can easily enter into the superfoods category due to their high content of vitamins and minerals. Bananas are rich in potassium, phosphorus, proteins, iron, vitamin A, calcium, vitamin C, magnesium, B vitamins. Not convinced yet? Then, you should know that bananas are good for your heart, blood, kidneys, bones, and nerves. Besides, they are a great source of dietary fiber. As for carbohydrates and sugars in bananas, one small banana contains just about 100 calories. Moreover, with two bananas you can work out for about 90 minutes.
Wheat and barley grass
These green superfoods contain vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymes, but also phytonutrients that can easily be digested, and chlorophyll. In fact, wheat and barley grasses are total foods and a special source of vital elements for your body. They have tremendous beneficial effects on the immune system, blood pressure, muscles and tissues, cholesterol, they normalize the thyroid gland and prevent cancer. Besides, wheat grass helps you lose weight, while barley neutralizes excess acidity in the body. You can make fresh grass juice or purchase them in powder or tablet form.
Salmon is the ‘superfish’ that provides Omega-3 fatty acids which decrease the risk of heart diseases, help arthritis, and keep a proper functioning of the brain and of the nervous system. Moreover, salmon is rich in vitamin A, B vitamins, iodine, potassium, zinc. For a healthy diet, you can also pick other oily fish that are high in protein and Omega-3 fatty acids.
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