“Eat right and exercise” is such common, overused advice that we often don’t think too much about it, when in reality it is well-known advice because it actually works. However, finding the time in your busy schedule to prepare healthy meals and visit the gym isn’t always easy.
Superfoods are the perfect way to get more bang for your buck, but most people aren’t sure how to incorporate them into their diet. Today we are hoping to show you how so that you can start taking advantage of these foods loaded with nutrients.
Sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest and most versatile vegetables available to eat. Sometimes referred to as yams, these tubers are chock full of vitamins A and C along with other immune-system boosting benefits.
Sweet potatoes can be put into just about anything, but a simple and tasty way to enjoy them can be done with ingredients probably currently in your kitchen. Try out this simple recipe or, if you are feeling up for a challenge, try this slightly more complicated soup.
Whatever you do, make sure to add more sweet potatoes into your diet for healthier living!
Blueberries are tasty little treats brimming with antioxidants and vitamins, known for their help with boosting your immune system and curing upset stomachs. When we talk about superfoods, blueberries are one of the best.
Just like sweet potatoes, blueberries are very versatile and can be put in just about anything. Try them in a smoothie, or if you are feeling adventurous, try this dinner that incorporates them into a delicious chicken dish.
Blueberries can also be an easy on-the-go snack. Regardless of how you eat them, incorporating them into your diet should be a no-brainer!
Salmon is unique in the superfood family in that it is one of the few ways your body receives omega-3 fatty acids. These are essential to your diet, but your body can’t produce them on it’s own, so eating foods that are high in omega-3 is vital to healthy living.
While salmon isn’t as versatile as some of the other foods on this list, it can be very simple to prepare. Just rub some salt and basil on your salmon and pan-sear it 5 minutes on either side for a quick and easy dinner.
However you decide to get your salmon fix, make sure to go out and get those omega-3s!
Almonds are the richest source of calcium found in any kind of nuts, coming in at 23 milligrams of calcium in just one serving! Along with wonderful health benefits, these little guys are a perfect on-the-go snack just like blueberries. If you have cravings throughout the day, try keeping a baggy of almonds in your bag or purse for when hunger strikes.
Keep in mind that almonds can also be used to in a wide selection of other snacks, including by-products such as almond milk and almond butter. Calcium can be tricky to get enough of, especially for those who are intolerant of dairy, so next time you are at the store grab some almonds to have around.
Broccoli rabe, also known as broccoli raab or broccoletti, is not related to broccoli at all – think of the two more as cousins. This lesser known dish is a fantastic way to get more Vitamin A, C and K in your diet, as well as adding more iron, potassium, and calcium to any meal.
Broccoli rabe has an earthy, slightly bitter taste raw, but once it is cooked the flavors mellow out and it turns into a delicious little snack. Both the leaves and the broccoli-like buds are edible, so don’t worry about that. All parts of the Broccoli rabe are safe to eat and good for you.
One easy way to incorporate this superfood into your diet is by sautéing your broccoli rabe and adding it as a side to any meal in order to spice things up and ensure a nutritious taste. Find a simple saute recipe here.
That’s it for today’s superfoods. Check back next week for 5 more! Don’t forget to mix and match with each of these superfoods to hit all of the points you need to with your diet.