When you remember that what you fuel your body with determines how strong,
healthy, and happy you feel, you become a lot more conscious of the foods
you eat. One easy step to becoming more food and health conscious is to
start working superfoods into your diet. We've listed five of our
easy-to-find favorites below, so you can get started adding these nutrient-rich
ingredients into your daily routine!
Boasting a rich line-up of nutrients and minerals including fiber, vitamin
C, potassium, iron, and magnesium, beets really do help with just about
everything going on in the body. This especially super superfood can reduce
pain from arthritis, aid with weight loss, and has even been shown to
fight off kidney cancer with small daily servings thanks the betacyanin,
the bright red pigment that gives beets their color. Beets also contain
ingredients that help increase energy levels and lower your blood pressure,
and on top of all of this, they're chock-full of folic acid -- great
for not only moms-to-be, but all men and women alike!
Most people jump to oranges when they're looking for the best natural
source of vitamin C -- but did you know that just one cup of strawberries
beats out that go-to citrus? Strawberries are also high in other powerful
antioxidants that promote the building of collagen and improve skin elasticity,
keeping you glowing while you enjoy nature's candy. Strawberries are
also an excellent source of fiber, keeping you feeling fuller longer while
improving digestion and keeping you lean. Still not sold on strawberries
as a superfood? What if we told you strawberries can also brighten up
your smile? It's true! Strawberries contain stain-fighting acids that
whiten your teeth while you chew.
Containing just four calories per cup, this leafy green is an excellent
source of vitamin K, a nutrient that helps improve bone and brain health.
Like all leafy greens, arugula is a high in chlorophyll, which cleanses
your system and gives you a naturally radiant glow. Dark greens veggies
like this also come stocked with vitamins A & C and give you a major
energy boost. Last but certainly not least, arugula is high in calcium,
magnesium, iron, and potassium -- all of which are necessary for keeping
your body strong and healthy from the inside out. Throw it in a salad,
in a smoothie, in an omelet -- you'd be hard-pressed to find a reason
not to add this superfood to every recipe!
High in antioxidants and vitamin C, it's no wonder that lemons are
a lifesaver if you're looking for glowing skin. Lemons also boost
your body's natural detoxification process, while increasing alertness
throughout the day and keeping your energy levels high. Try squeezing
a lemon into your water throughout the day, add it to a salad dressing,
or drizzle it over grilled veggies for an easy way to up your intake.
5. Chia Seeds
They may be little, but chia seeds pack a serious punch! Significantly
smaller than the flax seeds they're often mistaken for, chia seeds
are capable of absorbing up to 14 times their weight in water, and as
a result can be used to thicken up any dish without the added calories.
Complete with twice as much protein as most whole grains and five times
more calcium than milk itself, chia seeds also come packed with fiber,
potassium, antioxidants, and some of the highest known omega-3 and omega-6
levels. Since these little super seeds are completely flavorless, you
can add them to nearly anything to reap these health benefits with affecting
How do you like to incorporate these and other superfoods into your lifestyle?
Share with us in the comments below!
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical
care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.