8 Superfoods for a healthy diet

A superfood is a food containing high levels of nutrients that promotes good health and protects the body against disease. They generally encompass great levels of vitamins, phytochemicals, and more. All of these foods are high in antioxidants, which are substances that are abundant in vitamin C, E, and carotene. They also may reduce the risk of potential cancer.

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8 Superfoods for a healthy diet

Superfoods are easy to find in the grocery store and taste great, too.

Superfoods are easy to find in the grocery store and taste great, too.

Morgan Williams

Superfoods are easy to find in the grocery store and taste great, too.

Morgan Williams

Morgan Williams

Superfoods are easy to find in the grocery store and taste great, too.

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Avocados

Most everyone loves this yummy, versatile fruit, and these are one of the most well-known superfoods out there. Avocados are full of healthy fats and help the body to absorb nutrients. They are rich in vitamins and actually contain more potassium than bananas. Add in avocados to daily meals by eating them with eggs in the morning or tossing some in a salad.

Acai

A berry quickly gaining popularity with the trendy smoothie bowl, acai can dramatically boost the amount of antioxidants in the blood. They also help with weight loss and digestion, as well as boost the immune system, energy, and mental function. Try out one of these recipes for an acai bowl at home.

Salmon

Full of protein, high in vitamin B, and beneficial in weight control, salmon is the perfect meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. There are hundreds of recipes out there for a great salmon dish, including maple salmon.

Spinach

A half-cup of spinach produces over fives times the daily recommended dose of vitamin K and helps with blood clotting. Spinach helps to build strong bones and protects the body from free radicals. The folate in spinach also helps with cardiovascular health and lowers high blood pressure. Though spinach might not taste great plain, they are great in a salad with some strawberries, walnuts, and a vinaigrette dressing.

Strawberries

Strawberries are full of ellagitannins, which are phytochemicals that stop the growth of cervical and colon cancers. Strawberries help to burn fat and boost short term memory. Add some agave—a natural sweetener—to strawberries to make them sweeter.

Sweet potatoes

While starches usually aren’t the best for a healthy diet, sweet potatoes are great for healthy skin, preventing cancer, and prostate health. They are unusually high in vitamin A and treat both diabetes and heart disease. Sweet potatoes have so many benefits that they have been used as South American folk medicine for 5,000 years. Try a baked sweet potato with some brown sugar for a tasty snack.

Quinoa

Quinoa contains all the essential amino acids and contains almost twice as much fiber as other grains do. The seed is full of iron, which keeps red blood cells healthy, and contains lysine, which is essential for the growth and repair of tissue. The best way to work quinoa into a diet is to make a delicious quinoa salad.

Chickpeas

Also known as garbanzo beans, chickpeas are a great way for vegetarians to get protein. They are rich in fiber and allow sugar to move slowly through the digestive track, cutting down spikes in blood sugar. Chickpeas are a great addition to a salad or dish, and help to make the stomach feel full. Mix chickpeas with olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, and shallots for an easy salad.

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