Nope, it’s SUPERFOODS!!
On my blog post that kicked off National Nutrition Month, I asked that if any of my readers had an idea or topic they wanted to learn more about, they could send a comment my way!
Shadoza: In my World gave me a few ideas, but I am picking one of the ideas for this blog entry: “….point out the benefits of the super-foods'”. So, let’s talk about superfoods!!
What are “super foods”?
Super foods are specific foods that are packed full of nutrients and antioxidants. Consider these foods powerhouses. Some food items may be small in size, but they sure do pack a punch!
What are some common super foods?
Fruits: Apples (leave the skin on), Blueberries, Cranberries, Kiwi, Oranges, Pomegranates and pomegranate juice (POM),and any of the previous fruits dried.
Vegetables: Avocados, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Kale, Onions, Pumpkin, Spinach and Tomatoes (yes, I consider tomato a vegetable even though technically it is a fruit).
Starches, Nuts & Legumes: Beans, Oats, Soy and Walnuts.
Meat, Fish & Poultry: Turkey and Wild Salmon.
Other: Dark Chocolate (*every girl cheers*), Honey, Tea (Black or Green) and Low fat yogurt.
What are the benefits to consuming super foods?
Super foods are to help you live a longer and healthier life. Many of these foods are low in calories but high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other various nutrients. Many of these nutrients have been found to reverse effects of aging (like maintain elasticity of skin and prevent wrinkles), lower blood pressure, prevent cardiovascular disease, lower cholesterol levels and better manage blood sugar levels. Many antioxidants found in these foods can prevent free radicals, which have been shown to lead to cancer. Plus, eating plenty of super foods can improve your mood! Who doesn’t want to be happier?! There is really no down side to eating super foods.
How much should I eat?
Since many super foods do tend to be either a fruit or a vegetable, it is important that the average adult consumes at least 5 servings a day. These could be 3 fruits and 2 vegetables or 4 fruits and 1 vegetable. Also, consume food items of different colors. Do not just consume only green vegetables or only orange fruits. Different colors mean different levels of vitamins and minerals, so you do not want to miss out on anything.
Set a goal for yourself at consume at least one super fruit per day, and then increase from there!
Now go out there and be super!
Number of times I said “super foods”: 11