What are Superfoods?
Superfoods are nutrient dense powerhouses that help our bodies perform at their peak. By definition, a superfood is “A food considered exceptionally good for one’s health and for boosting the immune system owing to its naturally high content of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, or omega-3 fatty acid.” (Dictionary.com).
- Vitamins & minerals work together and are essential for helping the body to perform a multitude of daily functions.
- Fiber works to helps maintain a healthy weight, control blood sugar levels, lower the risk of certain diseases, and improve bowel health.
- Antioxidants fight free radicals in the body, which helps prevent cell damage (think aging and disease).
- Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats and important for brain function and heart health.
- Anti-inflammatory properties help our bodies function unhindered.
Spoiled for Choice
Superfoods are nutrition multitaskers and a great addition to a healthy lifestyle. There are many superfoods to choose from, with many ancient superfoods being “discovered” (it seems like) daily.
A few superfoods groups to get you thinking…
Seeds: chia, hemp (hearts), quinoa, sesame, pumpkin, sunflower, flax.
Herbs and spices: turmeric, sumac, basil, oregano, ginger, thyme, rosemary, cinnamon.
Plant-based: raw cacao (nibs, powder), reishi mushrooms, chaga mushrooms, kale, avocado, buckwheat, goji berries, golden berries, blueberries, acai berries, camu berries, maqui berries, coconut, aloe vera, nutritional yeast, macadamia nuts, almonds, brazil nuts, pistachios, cashews, walnuts, pecans.
Adaptogens (help the body adapt to stress): moringa, maca, ashwagandha, matcha, rhodiola rosea, ginseng, eleuthero, astragalus, licorice.
Fermented foods: kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, kefir.
Algae: spirulina, chlorella.
Animal-based: bone broth, bee pollen, eggs, salmon.
And this isn’t even an exhaustive list!
There are so many superfoods, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. But don’t worry! There are some exotic choices (that are fun to try!), but there are also more accessible options to add to everyday meals. To incorporate superfoods right now, start with the one or two and try a few new recipes like the ones below.
Can’t wait to hear what your favorites are!