Superfoods You Should Know About

Now more than ever we are all on high alert for fueling our bodies with only the best quality foods that we can, to help insure our health. ‘Superfoods ‘is just another name for some of the trendiest health foods for 2021 and are often touted as the rock stars of the food industry. They are densely packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, disease and cancer fighting compounds. With a little bit of education, let’s try to choose from a complete list of superfoods when deciding what to put into our meals, our smoothies, and even our supplements! If there is a superfood in your meal, be rest assured you’re getting some quality nutritional value in your daily life!*

Superfoods are especially known for: being mineral and nutrient dense, their ability to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease, and their cancer fighting compounds.

Certain superfoods are more nutritious than others. Here is a complete list of trending superfoods anyone can find easily when shopping at the grocery store, along with some of our favorite superfoods in general!

Blueberries
Our favorite superfood is blueberries. We put blueberries in shakes, smoothies, salads, cereal, and just eat them by hand. Blueberries are high in fiber, vitamin K, and vitamin C. They are low in calories and loaded with antioxidants. They may also lower blood pressure, protect against aging and cancer, prevent heart disease, help with brain function and improve memory. 

Walnuts
Walnuts are great for snacking; they’re loaded with antioxidants, are a great source of omega-3’s, promote gut health, may lower your risk of diabetes and cancer, and assist in weight loss through their appetite reduction properties.

Turmeric
Turmeric is a great supplement to take on a day to day basis. It contains powerful medicinal and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric has been linked to improved brain function and a lower risk of disease, helps with arthritis and can help the fight against allergies and histamines.

Spinach
You can put spinach in so many dishes! Salads, smoothies, chicken, and egg dishes all are great spots for a handful of spinach. Spinach is loaded with vitamins and minerals. It is a great source of calcium for added bone health. Spinach contains many antioxidants, assists in eye health, and can reduce your risk for cancer.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra virgin olive oil is great for salad dressings, cooking things in the oven, dips, and as a marinade for fish, poultry and vegetables.  Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats, contains a large number of antioxidants, has anti-bacterial properties, may reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes, and may fight against Alzheimer’s and cancer.

Garlic
Start putting garlic in everything. The medicinal and biological effects garlic has on the body can bring about great health benefits.  This low calorie, highly nutritious bulb can combat sickness, reduce blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, lower the risk of heart disease, contains antioxidants, may prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, may help detoxify the body, and improve athletic performance.

Oats
Instead of filling up your bowl with cereal in the morning, try some nutrient rich oats. Add some cinnamon or honey for a super healthy way to start your day.  They are a great source of carbs, soluble fiber and antioxidants. They are good for controlling blood sugar levels and may help you feel full longer, helping you lose weight.

Ginger
The potent and powerful ginger root is a favorite additive to add a little extra kick to your smoothies. Ginger has powerful medicinal properties and is closely related to turmeric. It also has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Ginger is great for helping with morning sickness and nausea, may reduce muscle pain and soreness, may help with osteoarthritis, may lower blood pressure, may lower cholesterol, may improve brain function, may protect against Alzheimer’s disease, and contains a substance that may help prevent cancer.

We want to share a recipe we found from one of our favorite health food blogs www.healthy-delicious.com This roasted carrot and ginger soup will warm up your soul all while helping boosting your meal with Superfoods! This rich and creamy vegetarian soup may be low in fat, but it’s full of flavor!

Roasted Carrot and Ginger Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch segments
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup plain coconut milk yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 425°F. Spread the carrots on a baking sheet and sprinkle with the chili powder. Roast for 30 minutes or until soft and slightly charred.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan. Set over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until it’s soft and light golden brown, about 8 minutes. Add the celery and ginger and cook 1 minute. Stir in the vegetable broth and bring to a simmer.
  3. Add the roast carrots and simmer 10 minutes, or until very soft. Transfer to a blender, working in batches if needed, and blend into a smooth puree.
  4. Divide the soup between four bowls and top with a dollop of coconut milk yogurt and fresh mint. 

We know you don’t want to forget about all those other yummy nutritious foods that you should be incorporating into your diet, so take a look back of your previous articles on Superfoods! 

The New Superfoods of This Century- Are You Up to Speed? 

6 Superfoods your Grandmother ate and you should too 

An Insiders Guide to the Yummiest Smoothies 

 

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