Eating well is the first step toward a happier, healthier, abundant life. It can help you shed unwanted pounds and also give you glowing skin! Have in mind that the path to a healthy life rests on a healthy diet accompanied by regular workout to receive all the body and mental benefits. Check out our favorite superfoods, available at nearly all grocery stores or farmer’s market.
Believe it or not, the avocado is actually a fruit. And while most fruits are known for their high dosage of carbohydrates, avocados are different. Instead, the pitted produce contains a large amount of vitamins and healthy fats. One of the most commonly consumed superfoods, avocados are high in a variety of nutrients, including Vitamin K (26% of the recommended daily amount), Vitamin C, folate, potassium, and B Vitamins. In fact, they contain more potassium than bananas (and don’t carry the added carbohydrates). And as an added bonus, the healthy fats in avocados help you absorb nutrients from other leafy greens.
Try this Avocado meal.
Make a spinach or kale salad and add avocado slices for a one-two superfood punch. The fats in the avocado will help you retain the nutrients found in the roughage. Or, add avocados to your breakfast routine by smearing a piece of whole-grain toast with avocado and a little infused sea salt for added flavor. It’s a delicious, nutrient-dense way to begin your day.
Shopping tip: they ripen fast.
When shopping for avocados, remember that they ripen on the counter quite quickly. Therefore, they should be consumed one-three days after purchase. If you are planning to eat your avocado in a few days, feel free to buy one that’s on the firmer side. It will be ready to eat when you are.
Blueberries and other dark berries should be a healthy part of every diet. Packed with free-radical fighting antioxidants, they have been known to improve skin, bladder health, block the growth of tumor cells, and are packed with Vitamin C and fiber.
Try this Blueberry meal.
Throw some blueberries into your morning yogurt with a handful of granola and some chia seeds (another superfood that helps boost energy). You can also throw them in a salad, eat them with raw nuts for a tasty snack, or throw them into your dessert.
Shopping tip: opt for natural.
When it’s possible, opt for organic or locally grown blueberries. They’re more sustainable and usually tastier, too.
Quinoa is a gluten-free alternative to gluten-rich grains, which makes it a great alternative to those with allergies or sensitivities. Plus, it contains high levels of magnesium (which helps to relieve migraines) and offers lots of protein, keeping you full and trim.
Try this Quinoa meal.
If you’re looking for a great packed lunch option, this is it. Try making a big batch of quinoa on Sunday before work. (It keeps in the refrigerator very well.) Then take it as a side for lunch. You can make it savory by adding some salt and herbs, or you can make it sweet by adding maple syrup and fruit.
Shopping tip: save money by buying in bulk.
You’ll most likely save a bundle, plus you’ll cut down on packaging waste, too. Store in a large mason jar or clear container.