There are a number of great foods that can help keep you healthy. While some are very well known, such as milk, there are others that are often overlooked. Let us remember that the best remedies come from mother nature. Check out these 7 super foods that will keep you healthy, as long as you try to eat them as much as possible (daily would be ideal):
Known for it’s frequent use in Indian cooking, turmeric is also a medicinal herb with many benefits. One of the primary benefits of turmeric is its effectiveness as a natural anti-inflammatory. When consumed daily, turmeric can help control the body’s natural inflammation response, and when taken medicinally as an extract it is helpful for easing chronic pain.
These tiny black seeds are big in nutritional value. Chia seeds are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acid, soluble fiber, and protein. The best part is that they have nearly no taste and can be added to almost anything. Try adding chia seeds to your favorite, non-carbonated beverage and watch as the seeds gelatinize into soft orbs. This combination will balance blood sugar and fight cravings too.
Chocolate can be a good thing! But there are a few conditions. Stick with dark chocolate. Milk chocolate contains very little cacao, and its added sugar will negate most of the benefits. Dark chocolate that measures in at 65% cacao or higher is what you should look for. The higher the percentage, the greater the benefits!
The idea that all yogurts are healthy is a fallacy. To have health benefits, yogurt needs to contain active cultures and have no, or very little, added sugar. Many yogurts on the supermarket shelf are pasteurized to contain no bacteria, and their sugar content is off the charts.
Work around these problems by purchasing plain Greek yogurt. Adding your own fruits and granolas will add flavor without all the sugar.
There’s no getting around it. Leafy greens like kale, chard, and spinach are absolute nutritional powerhouses. Instead of turning your nose up at these veggies, take the time to learn how to properly cook and season them. You may be surprised at just how good they can taste!
A special fruit that is commonly mistaken as a vegetable, the avocado is a perfect source of monounsaturated fat, the beneficial fat that has a positive effect on cholesterol and lowers the risk of heart disease. Avocado’s rich, buttery texture is a great addition to salads or sandwiches, and there are endless possibilities for avocado-based dips.
Coffee, although it should be consumed in moderation, has been shown to reduce cancer risk, increase metabolism, and improve long-term memory and mental clarity. To maximize coffee’s superfood benefits, and decrease its side effects, keep your consumption below 3 cups per day (less than 500mg of caffeine), and have your last cup of the day before 2:00pm.