5 Ways to Sneak Superfoods Into Your Daily Diet
Usually when we think of food that’s good for us, we don’t get that excited. Even foods that are packed to the brim with nutrients and have an appealing name like “superfoods” still probably won’t get your mouth watering when your stomach’s growling. You may be thinking if it’s good for me, the catch is that it lacks flavor and taste. We’ll admit, munching on raw fruits and veggies can get a little boring, even if they are great for you.
Here’s a tip for those of you that ignore your side salad when enjoying your meal: Instead of sticking to regular fruits and veggies, get the most bang for your buck and go straight for superfoods! You’ve probably heard a lot about these guys since there are such a variety of them, but for those that haven’t, superfoods are exactly what they sound like! They’re superpowered foods packed with antioxidants, minerals, and help to reduce the risk of illness and disease to keep you in tip top shape. Some fruits and veggies are still considered “good” for you, but lack some of the nutritional value superfoods do.
The great part is, many superfoods happen to be super tasty. For those of you that aren’t quite convinced, there are some subtler ways to sneak them into your diet without having to bite directly into a head of broccoli.
One of the ultimate superfoods, kale contains more antioxidants than most other fruits and veggies, and is also packed with fiber, calcium, and iron. The great thing about kale is it’s mostly tasteless, which is super beneficial when you’re trying to seamlessly incorporate it into a meal. This means the difference in taste will be unnoticeable, but you’ll still reap all the health benefits. Next time you make a smoothie, slip a few leaves of kale in there for an immunity boost-- we promise, you won’t even know the difference.
These little guys are full of fiber and vitamin c, and are packed with antioxidants that can undo damage done by inflammation. The good thing about blueberries is that they taste great on their own, however eating a carton of blueberries may not be the most satisfying or filling meal. Blueberries are a great supplement to add to an already existing meal to give it a boost of antioxidants without adding any unnecessary calories (1 cup is only 83 calories). Try starting your day off with blueberries, as they’re an awesome breakfast inclusion; you can sprinkle some over your cereal or oatmeal, or add a handful to your morning smoothie or protein drink.
- Green Tea
Making yourself a cup of tea is probably one of the simplest preparation routines out there. Boil some water, drop in a teabag and let it steep. Done! Luckily for you, green tea is as healthy as it is easy to make. Green tea is known as a natural remedy for heart disease, and even cancer, because of its many antioxidants. Green tea is also known to burn fat, so starting your day off with a cup of green tea instead of coffee will give you a buzz of energy and send a buzz to your metabolism! Give it a try first thing in the morning, it’ll be quicker than brewing a cup of coffee!
Talk about getting the most bang for your buck! Almonds are the most nutritionally dense nut, meaning it has more nutrients per calorie than any other. This includes, but is not limited to: fiber, potassium, calcium, vitamin E, magnesium, and iron. The great thing about almonds is you can eat them raw as a snack, or sprinkle them over a salad to beef up the nutrients in your meal. But if you aren’t feeling a salad today, almonds are so good for you that we can’t even get mad at you for having some covered in dark chocolate.
Avocado is the definitive superfood, containing over 20 beneficial nutrients, like potassium, magnesium, and vitamins K, C, and B5. Although some doubt the validity of this superfood because it is high in fats, these are healthy fats that help you to feel satisfied. Additionally, many of the nutrients in avocados are fat-burning, like vitamin B5 which promotes the breakdown of fats. For those of you that enjoy a saltier snack, avocado is the main ingredient in guacamole. The good news is, guacamole is actually pretty good for you! Just make sure to pair it with a low-fat chip or whole grain cracker so you don’t ruin your health streak! If you’re looking for a healthier option, avocado is a staple ingredient in salads.
- Austin Peterson