Looking to boost the nutritional content of your diet plan? If so, look no further than to what are called ‘superfoods’ – foods that contain an extra dose of nutrition over others. These foods help boost energy, prevent disease, and ensure that you become the healthiest that you can be.
If you’re not including them in your regular diet plan, you’re making a grave mistake.
This said, let’s take a look at 10 superfoods to start eating more often.
Often called the ‘brain berry’, this superfood is excellent for boosting your mental energy, focus, memory, and for improving concentration as well.
Blueberries are low in calories and high in fiber, making them a must-have.
Of all the protein sources you could eat, salmon may just be the best. Rich in high quality amino acids, this fish variety is also loaded with important omega-3 fatty acids, which will help fend off diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Serve it up twice per week at minimum for optimal benefits.
Broccoli is a highly versatile vegetable as you can steam it, stir-fry it, bake it, or simply eat it raw alone or in salads and packs a load of nutrients. Broccoli is especially high in phytonutrients, which will help to combat oxidation that leads to cancer.
Along with broccoli, make sure you don’t let kale pass by you. This highly nutrient dense vegetable works great in salads or cooked in a stir-fry as well and is very rich in iron, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, and a number of other nutrients.
It’s one of the best cancer fighting vegetables out there, so definitely deserves a place in your diet plan.
If you are looking to control blood glucose levels in order to fend off diabetes, cinnamon should be your go-to. This spice is calorie free and adds a hint of sweetness to foods, reducing the likelihood that you need to add unwanted sugar.
It also helps to stabilize blood glucose levels when consumed, so make sure that you serve it up with the carbohydrates you eat whenever possible.
Moving along, quinoa is the next great grain to be eating in your diet. This grain is a complete source of protein, which cannot be said for all the other grains that you could consume.
It’s also high in fiber, low in sugar, and low on the GI index. Ideal for ongoing energy throughout the day.
There are few foods you could consume that are as versatile as coconut oil. Used in a number of cooking dishes as well as used as a hair conditioner, skin moisturizer, way to heal sunburns, and many more, you simply can’t go wrong with coconut oil.
As a food source, it strengthens your immune system, boosts your heart-health, improves your skin, boosts your metabolic rate, and provides a quick source of energy like that of carbohydrates.
It’s the only fat to do this, so if you are on a lower carb diet, it’s a must-have.
Almonds are another great healthy fat source to include in your diet plan. They’re rich in protein, fiber, and healthy cholesterol-lowering fats and will also pack in a good dose of calcium, vitamin E, and magnesium to your day.
This will help keep your bones strong and your muscular energy high.
Even if you aren’t vegetarian, make sure that you are making good use of beans in your diet on a regular basis. They’re an excellent alternative to grains as they are high fiber, high carb, and also contain a good dose of protein as well.
The fiber in beans can help to lower cholesterol levels significantly, so should be a mainstay for anyone concerned with heart health.
Finally, don’t forget flaxseeds. Ground flaxseeds are superfood thanks to their high fiber, high omega-3 fatty acids, and high protein levels. If you want to master hunger, flaxseeds are a great choice.
Most people are currently not getting enough omega-3 fatty acids into their day, so flaxseeds can make it easier to meet your requirements. This fatty acid is key for improving your overall health profile as well as mental health.
So have a look at your current diet. Are you missing out on these 10 superfoods?