There is no set criteria of what a superfood is. Food scientists, dieticians and nutritionists have yet to reach a consensus on what can and cannot be classified as a superfood. But in the holistic world, superfoods are nutritionally dense, vitamin, mineral and antioxidant-rich foods that greatly benefit the body. The key to a healthy and balanced diet is to eat a variety of nutrient-dense foods every day!
Here’s our top 5 picks and why we love them!
Blueberries are packed with vitamins, antioxidants, soluble fibers and phytonutrients (nutrients only produced by plants). This antioxidant powerhouse can help lower the risk of inflammatory diseases, cancer and heart disease! Add a handful to yogurt or a summer salad, or just as a snack daily to reap the benefits!
Dark Leafy Greens
Dark Leafy Greens like Kale, Spinach, Swiss Chard, and Collard Greens are packed with nutrients like folate, zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C and fiber. These greens can reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes!
The anti-inflammatory effects of Green Tea are attributed to the powerful antioxidants and polyphenolic compounds found within this plant. One antioxidant found in green tea is known as EGCG helps to protect the body from heart disease, diabetes and cancer. The catechins and caffeine content may also aid in weight loss according to studies.
Avocado is a fan favorite when it comes to health foods. It’s packed with Oleic acid, fiber, vitamins, minerals and other healthy fats. Avocado reduces the risk of heart disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and certain types of cancer.
Last, but certainly not least, cacao contains more antioxidants than blueberries, red wine and pomegranates! Cacao is what makes chocolate what it is. Cacao contains some of the highest sources of magnesium in nature, full of antioxidants, calcium, zinc, copper and selenium. It also works on neurotransmitters associated with good mood, serotonin and dopamine! Cacao powder itself can taste bitter but mixed with agave nectar or honey makes a delicious and health dessert!
Let us know what your favorite superfoods are!