Everyone understands the need for dietary staples like leafy greens and fresh fruit to stay healthy. Lately, more people are drawn to the benefits of incorporating superfoods into their diet. While the idea of superfoods may suggest some exotic plant from halfway across the globe, here are four affordable superfoods that can restore you to a healthy balance.
Some people tend to think of avocados as fatty. But the creamy avocado fruit is rich in healthy mono-saturated fats and vitamin E, as well as nutrients like oleic acid, folate, and lutein.
Eating avocados can help cleanse the system and reduce the risks of heart disease and cancer, plus support brain and eye function.
Just half an avocado added to a salad, dessert, or fruit smoothie every few days will provide benefits. You could go one step further and buy organic avocados, which would cut down on the preservatives and chemicals you are putting into your body.
These nuts have been common for centuries, but still don't often get credit as a super food. A handful a day can reshape your health. Walnuts contain omega-3, copper, manganese, alpha-linoleic acids, melatonin and a heart-friendly type of vitamin E called gamma-tocopherol.
Walnuts have been known to help reduce heart disease and are now being praised for their benefits against degenerative disorders like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Add a small handful of walnuts to desserts, salads, or snack on them straight out of the bag.
To cut down on costs you could also try buying walnuts in bulk and trying new recipes with them. They’re great on their own, or chopped up and sprinkled on a bowl of ice cream. If you’re feeling like really splurging, you could candy them in a bit of sugar and enjoy them as a healthier sweet treat.
This is another modest, affordable food item that's finally being recognized for its nutritional value. These little brown seeds are a great source of omega-3, protein, minerals, antioxidants, and both soluble and insoluble fiber for good digestion. They don't have a lot of taste. But you can eat them whole or grind them up.
They also soak up liquid so they can easily be turned into a paste. In short, you can add these seeds to almost anything for a healthy re-boot. One of the best ways to eat chia seeds is in a chia seed putting. You can soak your seeds overnight in a bowl of almond milk with a bit of cinnamon and agave (or honey) for sweetening and flavor. In the morning, the seeds will have soaked up the almond milk and you will have a consistency similar to that of tapioca. It makes an easy, healthier breakfast option if you’re looking for breakfasts that you can grab and go with.
One of nature's little miracles, blueberries are both healthy and delicious. The next time you think about adding natural blueberries to your breakfast, consider that they'll be the healthiest part of the meal.
Blueberries are packed with phytochemicals that fuel the immune system, soluble fiber, flavonoids, and antioxidants. They're recommended for healthier diets in those who suffer from cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, stomach ulcers, and more. Blueberries are even better when they’re in season, so take a look around for local farmers markets where you can get these delectable berries as a nice treat.
If you are particularly interested in food and health, consider talking to professionals like dietitians or other with a medical education, like a masters in nursing online. Of course, regaining optimal health also requires cutting out bad items such as sugary, starchy, or over-processed foods. But this list shows that there are some simple super foods that you'll welcome as replacements.
Nutrition really does take a huge toll on your health, so it’s important that you give our body what it needs. Our suggestions above are just four simple ways you can take more control of your diet and your health. Be sure to incorporate good, healthy, organic, and wholesome foods and much as you can.