Superfoods…are you getting enough in your diet? While it seems like everyone and their mother is jumping on the superfood trend, adding superfoods to your diet can actually provide you some long-term health benefits, so you will want to eat these foods on the reg.
With that being said, we totally get it, superfoods can get pretty pricey (we’re looking at you manuka honey!)However, they are well worth the splurge because a little goes a long way. Plus, these foods may be total game changers when it comes to your healthy eating diet and may be exactly what you need to kick your diet into high gear to help give your body that push it needs to help you reach your health goals.
Superfoods: What are They?
So, what are superfoods exactly? The truth is that there really isn’t a set definition or a set list of foods that are deemed as a mighty superfood. Instead, we can look at superfoods as foods that can help our bodies function at their best. They are foods that are packed full of nutritional value and will nourish your body with essential vitamins, minerals, and well…superfood power. These are basically nutrition powerhouses that we all need in our diets ASAP.
What’s so Great About Superfoods Anyway?
But, if you want to get down to the nitty-gritty, we can talk about what makes superfoods so great. Here are some of the most impressive reasons we need to be adding superfoods to our diet.
- They are super rich in vitamins and minerals.
- Many superfoods pack in a healthy dose of fiber to help support blood sugar and to keep our digestive health in check.
- They’re a powerful source of antioxidants to help ward of illness & disease.
- They help keep inflammation at bay.
- They can help support energy levels.
The Superfoods You Need in Your Diet ASAP
If you want to start supercharging your health, adding superfoods to your diet is the way to go. But, not so fast. As we talked about before, superfood can really rack up the grocery list pretty quickly, and we certainly don’t want you spending unnecessary money on dozens of different seeds, powders, and berries that claim to be the “it” food of the year.
So, we have come up with a list of our top five superfood picks. So, if you had to choose, pick one, two, or three of these superfoods to start with. These can make a massive difference in your overall health, and remember that with superfoods, a little really does go a long way.
#1 Manuka Honey
Manuka honey is one of our absolute favorite superfoods for a few reasons. For one, we wouldn’t be seen without this in our natural medicine cabinet during cold and flu season. Stocking up on manuka honey during the winter is one of the best natural ways to keep your immune system in tip-top shape. This liquid gold is a type of honey that comes from New Zealand, and while it may seem like it comes with a super high price tag, you only need about a teaspoon at a time to keep your immune system strong.
In addition to its natural antimicrobial properties, manuka honey is also our go-to natural sweetener for things like protein shakes and smoothies as it packs in some extra nutritional value from the b-vitamin content to zinc, and magnesium. Plus, manuka honey is excellent for supporting gut health, so if you suffer from frequent acid reflux, or indigestion, it may be a total game changer for you.
So we all know turmeric reduces inflammation, but did you know that it can also help reduce pain, supports the immune system, and helps support digestive health? Yup! This is exactly why this powerful spice has wound up on our top five superfood list. And, turmeric is super easy to find and won’t break the bank.
You can add turmeric to a smoothie, add it to freshly squeezed juice, or made into a superfood turmeric milk drink using coconut milk, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, manuka honey, and cracked black pepper. Sip on this daily to reduce inflammation and support overall health.
Acai has certainly become one of the most talked about superfoods over the past couple of years since acai bowls became the most popular way to get this superfood into your diet. We love acai not only because acai bowls are super delicious, but acai berries are packed full of antioxidants and are a super rich source of vitamin C to help keep your immune system strong. Our favorite way to enjoy an acai bowl is with lots of frozen banana, a scoop of collagen protein, and topped with superfood seeds like hemp, chia, and some shredded unsweetened coconut for good measure. Top it off with some raw cacao nibs and you’re in business for a delicious way to fuel your body with some seriously healthy superfoods.
Did you know that spirulina happens to be an excellent source of plant-based iron? Not only that, but spirulina packs in a powerful dose of antioxidants, and may even provide some heart health benefits. Try adding this superfood to smoothies for a superfood boost.
And last but certainly not least is the mighty coconut. Coconut-based products like coconut oil, unsweetened coconut butter, coconut milk, and shredded unsweetened coconut are all ideal superfoods to add to your diet. We love all forms of coconut around here so long as it’s unsweetened and unrefined. Coconuts are super healthy as they provide impressive immune-boosting properties, and are an excellent energy source to help fuel your workouts. Try adding coconut oil or coconut butter to smoothies, drizzle melted coconut oil over steamed veggies, and try swapping regular milk for coconut milk.
The Bottom Line
Superfoods contain far too many health benefits for us to ignore, and while there are dozens to choose from, try starting with these five. Pair these superfoods with a well-balanced diet and a regular fitness routine, and you will be well on your way to feel your absolute best!