We’ve all heard the term “superfood” being tossed around lately, as if any fresh fruit or vegetable is qualified, diluting the meaning to the likes of “going green.” I believe this is due to the poor nutritional value of the strong majority of foods available at grocery stores. Since processed foods dominate the market place, they become the standard while fresh produce and minimally processed foods are on the outside looking in when they are the foods that provide the essential nutrients to our bodies for optimal function. While almost all the foods in this small subsection of shelving space at your local grocery are good for you, only the cream of the crop might qualify as a superfood. A superfood is an especially healthful food, meaning it provides an extensive or precise nutrient profile beneficial to well-being. These foods go above and beyond when it comes to supplying the body with necessary nutrition!
Here are a few examples across a variety of food groups:
Super Fruits- What you’ll notice immediately is that most of the fruits are exotic and aren’t readily accessible. If you are able to, it is high recommended that you get your hands on them! These fruits are antioxidant powerhouses and rich in vitamin C, manganese, iodine, potassium, B vitamins, folate, Omega-3s, vitamin K and magnesium. They also have anti-inflammatory affects on the body!
Super Legumes and Grains- While the fruits are exotic, you’ll notice the legumes and beans are readily accessible at your local grocery store. These legumes are packed with B vitamins, molybdenum, fiber, and protein. Quinoa is extremely protein dense and offers all the essential amino acids necessary for good health on top of fiber and iron, as well as important nutrients like vitamin B2, manganese, and magnesium.
Super Vegetables- Available at your local grocery store, these leafy vegetables are excellent sources of a variety of nutrients. They supply vitamin K, A, C, manganese, fiber, copper, tryptophan, calcium, and B6. They are also great anti-inflammatory sources of food.
Super Roots- Since roots are in direct contact with the soil, they are able to absorb high amounts of minerals and nutrients from the soil. Again, these are mostly readily available at your local grocery store so they are easy ways to provide vitamin A, vitamin C, B vitamins, manganese, copper, potassium, and fiber for your body.
Super Seeds and Nuts- Even though seeds and nuts are high in calories, they are also extremely concentrated in minerals and vitamins like; fiber, B vitamins, vitamin E, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, protein, iron, and calcium. They are also great sources of Omega-3s, thus an invaluable food for vegans who cannot rely on fish.
Some are readily available while others are more difficult to come by. No matter the circumstances, if you want to be serious about taking care of yourself and body, these foods will help you achieve your goal! Make them staples in your diet to quickly get on the right path towards well-being. Click the links to read more about the foods and feel free to share with friends!