What are superfoods and why you should include them in your diet?

What are superfoods and why you should include them in your diet?

Although there’s no official scientific definition, we know as “superfoods” those vegetables, fruits, spices and other edibles that are particularly rich in nutrients. Many of them also contain more enzymes and antioxidants than most foods.

They have lots of nutritional benefits and may support detoxification, digestion, nutrient absorption, healing, anti-aging and can be helpful for improving energy in the body.

Superfoods are good for most people, and is recommended to include them in the daily diet, but, if you work long hours and experience long-term stress and fatigue, they will be particularly beneficial for you.

It is important to mention that according to the American Heart Association, superfoods alone are not miraculous; they should be included in an already healthy diet to really take advantage of all their potential.

The list of superfoods include berries, salmon, vegetables like broccoli, carrots, cabbage and beetroot, among other foods. At The Green Market Post, we want to talk you more in detail about five of our favorite superfoods. All of them are very easy to include in your diet and also some make great snacks for those afternoon cravings.

 

Cinnamon

Superfoods - Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one of the best spices out there. It’s high in antioxidants, decrease inflammation and has been related to lower cholesterol and blood sugar.

Include it in your diet: sprinkle cinnamon over your oatmeal, smoothies, yogurt or coffee.

 

Cocoa powder

Superfoods - Cocoa powder

Cocoa contains flavonoids, which are known to help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain and heart. If you love chocolate, you will be thrilled to know that cocoa powder just have 15 calories per tablespoon and almost no fat, so you can enjoy its flavor without much guilt.

Include it in your diet: just like cinnamon, you can sprinkle cocoa powder in your coffee, vegan milk, or healthy desserts.

 

Almonds

Superfoods - Almonds

Before the term “superfoods” became popular, we already knew that almonds are one of the most nutrient-rich nuts. They are an excellent source of calcium and are high in proteins and vitamin E.

Keep in mind that they’re also high in calories, so keep your consumption at a moderate level.

Include them in your diet: in your smoothies and salads, to make homemade vegan milk, or as a midafternoon snack.

 

Kale

Superfoods - Kale

Kale is one of our favorite greens! Is good for weight loss, and is loaded with vitamins A, C and K, manganese, calcium and antioxidants. Eating it is a great way to increase the total nutrient content of your diet.

Include it in your diet: a bowl of kale chips are a savory snack! Include it raw in your salads and smoothies.

 

Maca powder

Superfoods - Maca powder

Maca is a root vegetable grown in the Andes. It is dried and processed into a powder which is good to boost energy, endurance, and even libido. It’s low in fat, high in protein and contains a good amount of fiber.

Include it in your diet: sprinkle it over cereal, smoothies and baked foods.


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