What are superfoods?
Superfoods are nutrient-dense foods whose nutrients benefit multiple systems of the body. Their high concentrations of a wide variety of nutrients make them extremely important for boosting the immune system, the metabolism and other systems of the body. It's like eating a multivitamin, but tastes way better than the aftertaste pills have.
Take quinoa for example....which is one of my favorite superfoods.
Quinoa is the only plant-based source of protein that contains all eight essential amino acids. It also is a complex carbohydrate that is better for your metabolism, and prevent spikes in insulin. Long story short, this superfood meets a lot nutritional needs in one, thus the nickname.
A list of other superfoods include:
kale - Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, and iron
pomegranates - Vitamins B6, C, and Potassium
apples - Fiber, Vitamin B6 and C, and Potassium
spinach - Vitamins A, B6, C, Iron, Magnesium, and Potassium and Vitamin K
kiwi - Vitamins C, K, Potassium,
brussel sprouts - Vitamins C, K, fiber, folate
These are just a few of the myriad of superfoods that can benefit your diet. Pomegranates are a personal favorite of mine. They have so much vitamin C and potassium, which is great for immunity and stress. Plus, they taste amazing!
Looking for a way to get more superfoods into your diet?
Enjoy this great salad from my Cheap, Clean Recipe Collection!
Greens or Greek Salad
What you need:
- 4 c. of baby kale, organic if possible
- 4 c. mixed greens, organic if possible
- 1/2 c balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 c extra virgin olive oil
- 1.5 c. crumbled feta cheese
- 1 c. sliced almonds
- 1 c dried cranberries
Combine oil and vinegar in a container. This will be the salad dressing. Toss all other ingredients together in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss. Enjoy!