The new year always bring a new start to health and wellness. It may be a new exercise routine or maybe you are doing a dry January or maybe just trying to eat a bit healthier after the holiday season. So I am going to head back to my nutrition roots and bring you a few more posts in 2022 on health, wellness and nutrition. Let’s start off with the ABC’s of superfoods. What are they and how to incorporate them into your daily eating habits.
What are Superfoods?
Superfoods are just a big buzz word for foods (mostly plant based) that have a high nutritional density. Really like getting more BANG for your buck!! These foods are high in nutrients, low in calories, and high in vitamins,minerals and antioxidants. And the key is to eat a variety of these foods for optimal nutrition. Variety is the spice of life!
Top Superfoods to Add to your Grocery
Blueberries being on the top of that list, but blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and cranberries are also very good. Why blueberries? Blueberries are high in anthocyanin which is what gives them their rich blue/purple color. It is also a powerful antioxidant. More on anthocyanins here.
These are 2 types of fermented foods. There has been a lot of buzz lately about fermented foods due to the fact that they add healthy bacteria to our gut and microbiome. A healthy gut shows a reduced rick of chronic inflammatory conditions among other things.
For some easy kombucha beverage ideas – Click here.
There was once a time that I did not like avocados. But the more I added them to my daily dishes, they really did start grow on me and now I love them!. Avocados are a quadruple threat. They are high in magnesium (which most people are deficient in), a good source of fiber, full of healthy fats and have nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. An avocado a day keeps the doctor away, they say 😉 !!
Kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, cabbage, collard greens, arugula just to name a few. Greens are packed with calcium, magnesium, vitamins K, A and C. And they can be incorporated into any meal. The easiest way to use them is to throw a handful into your morning or mid afternoon smoothie. Or you can make this yummy arugula, tomato and avocado salad in this post – here.
This orange/ginger flavour enhancing spice has been used as a medicinal her for thousands of years in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine. An amazing addition to any diet, it has high levels of the powerful antioxidant – Curcumin. Curcumin supports the immune system, supports healthy joint and muscles and our supports healthy brain function. All the things we need support with as we age! Have your tried turmeric golden mylk – YUM!
To be honest, I could really go on and list another 10+ great superfoods. But I hope these common and a couple not so common foods will help you make a transition to enjoying more superfoods in your life!!
Stay tuned for more ABC’s of superfoods!!