Chances are you’ve heard a thing or two about superfoods by now. They are making headlines all over the place. They are called such because they are loaded with nutrients and are super healthy additions to your daily diet. Here are some great ones to toss in your grocery cart next time you hit the grocery store. Yum!
Walnuts are packed with healthy fats, called omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your heart and brain. Eat them plain, or toss them into oatmeal or trail mix.
Maybe you didn’t know that eggs are considered a superfood. But they are packed with protein, choline and have very few calories. Whip yourself up an omelet for breakfast today!
You don’t have to be old to eat prunes. In fact, they are high in antioxidants that research shows are linked with improved bone density and a strong and healthy skeleton.
4. Acai Juice
Drink a glass of this juice and you totally boost your daily intake of antioxidants, which improves your health in a multitude of ways. Perfect!
5. Steel Cut Oats
This kind of oats are digested very slowly, which means they give you long lasting energy and prevent you from overeating between meals. Give them flavor with honey, fresh fruit or chopped nuts.
When you eat fish, salmon should be your top choice. It’s loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and protein, making it super important for your heart. Grill, bake or roast it. No matter how you cook it, it tastes heavenly.
This creamy treat is the perfect side dish for your tacos and burritos. You can also add avocado to salad and sandwiches for a dose of healthy fats and vitamin E.
8. Canned Pumpkin
I’m not talking about the kind you make pie out of. It’s the unsweetened kind that you want. It’s loaded with antioxidants and beta-carotene, both of which are good for your immunity. Use it to make pasta sauce and ravioli.
9. Brown Rice
Brown rice is full of magnesium, which plays a role in hundreds of functions in your body. Talk about a superfood! Use it anywhere you’d normally use white rice.
These little green gems are considered a superfood because they contain more than 100% of your daily vitamin C needs. Studies show that kiwis play a role in reducing the symptoms of asthma.
11. Baked Potatoes
Yes, sweet potatoes are a superfood, but did you know that your typical potato is a superfood too? It packs a mega dose of potassium, which regulates blood pressure and keeps your heart healthy.
12. Greek Yogurt
If you want to eat yogurt, go for the Greek kind. It has double the protein of the regular kind, which is great for many parts of your body. Buy the plain kind and give it some flavor with fresh fruit and granola.
13. Green and Black Tea
Both kinds of tea are chock full of antioxidants, which protect your body from free radical damage, warding off a whole host of health issues, including heart disease and cancer.
These canned little wonders are packed with vitamin D, which is hard to get from food alone. It boosts bone health. Sardines are also full of omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy fat that benefits your heart.
Red grapes are full of resveratrol, which boosts heart health due to its antioxidant properties. It’s also found in red wine.
Blueberries are a fruit that contains one of the highest antioxidant counts that you’ll ever find. They are great by the handful, but you can also toss them into muffins and pancakes or use them to add tartness to a spinach salad.
17. Shiitake Mushrooms
These mushrooms taste heavenly in stir-fry or fried rice and contain an entire day’s worth of vitamin D, which helps keep your bones strong and healthy.
Which of these foods are on your grocery list this week? How will you eat them?