Health + Fitness
34 of the Greatest Superfoods (& Why You Should Be Eating Them)
You are what you eat! This famous quote reflects the essence of all the food related debates one can have.
You may have tried various so-called ‘superfoods’ in your quest for a remarkable physique. But were you able to consistently pursue it for a long term? Most of you, with an iota of guilt, would most definitely say ‘No’. Well that’s probably alright. After all, we all have a natural tendency to like food, and more or less are foodies. Unlike how it is supposed to be, we live to eat, instead of eat to live. But at the same time, we also have to take good care of our nutritional requirements – if we want to live a fit and active life. Since the same rule applies to our stomach (i.e. garbage in garbage out). While the unhealthier foods are typically more appealing to our taste buds, they are usually terrible for our nutrition.
So what do you do? Don’t worry! We are here to help you and guide you to have a strong and energetic lifestyle, while still satisfying your taste buds. This article is going to cover various health-related foods which could be quite easily termed as ‘superfoods’. Most of these superfoods are not highlighted in mainstream, although you may heard of a few of them before. The names of the superfoods goes as;
1. Maca powder
Tired from the day’s hard work? Feeling a loss in you libido? This magical powder, known as maca, is going to give you a boost of energy and also increase your libido. Just add it into your pre-workout drink and you are well on your way. It would definitely help you overcome exhaustion and give you the much needed power you desire. It practically falls into the category of a vegetable – considering it is dehydrated and then turned into powder for use.
2. Greek yogurt
Greek yogurt is a yogurt with more nutrition than just your average dairy yogurt. Personifying it as a family member of the yogurt family, it would be the family member with the six pack abs! Jokes apart; this is a yogurt with loads of protein that would help you in your muscle building endeavors. It includes probiotics that that have been known to help our bodies fight infections. Plus, it can be used in various salads and even desserts. Craving a strawberry yogurt trifle? Go for it, it’s healthy. But remember to choose Greek yogurt instead of the regular dairy yogurt.
More recently, kale has been a popular superfood. It contains a ton of protein and it is easy to incorporate into your diet. Create a salad, blend it into a smoothie, use it as a wrap; there are a ton of ways to eat this delicious leafy-green.
4. Hemp seeds
Are you herbivorous and want to build muscles without eating even a single bit of meat? Then hemp seeds are just the right thing for your muscle development. They not only have macronutrient protein, but also have amino acids, potassium, magnesium, omega 3 and omega 6; all which are required for muscle repair after a long, strenuous workout.
This power-filled food provides the vital proteins your body needs. It is also contains extremely beneficial amino acids, which are necessary for muscle build up after working out or to get you through a long day. It can be served with vegetables and another protein, like chicken, or add it cold to your favorite salad!
6. Cocoa powder
Good news for all you chocolate lovers out there. You can now cater to your chocolate cravings by simply using cocoa powder. This not only has the delicious, creamy taste of chocolate, but also has additional benefits for your body. It aids in increasing the flow of blood towards your heart and you brain; resulting in reducing blood pressure and giving you much needed energy. Although, in order to benefit from this superfood to its full potential, you need to buy the organic and unprocessed cocoa powder. The processed ones often contain additives and zero nutrients.
7. Chia seeds
Curious about how to get the omega 3 fatty acids if you can’t or don’t eat fish? If the answer to this questions is yes, then chia seeds were made for you! It is a plant-based source of omega 3 fatty acids (which are crucial for the proper and sustained functioning of your heart). You can sprinkle chia seeds on your oatmeal to increase its nutritional value, boosting your iron, potassium, calcium, and magnesium intake.
These berries help promote weight loss, as well as, slowing the aging process. Most often, acai is available in frozen form. You can use it as a substitute for ice cream, mix it into your smoothies, or even add it to your yogurt.
These berries are gift to people have deficiencies in vitamin C, fiber or experience memory loss. Above all, these small ball shaped fruits also have nutrients that have been known to fight cancer. Add them to your cereal, yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal and even salads!
Another superfood having loads of benefits is cranberries, be it decreasing the chance of having a heart disease or controlling inflammation. Just like its relatives, the blueberries, they also help in fighting cancerous cells.
Mangosteens have been known to be a cancer-fighting food. While, they are not easily or widely available, they can be found as a vitamin supplement online. After all, precious things are not easily available.
This tree-like veggie is a nutrient powerhouse. It has an abundant amount of protein per gram, which is comparable to meat in terms of the sources of protein present. Not only this, it has all the other minerals and vitamins that your body needs for functioning properly. You can eat it raw or cooked, which makes it easy for snacking on-the-go.
Beans are also a rich source of protein, with the added benefit of fighting cancers by lowering blood cholesterol levels. The variety of these yummy tasting beans could easily be added to your breakfast menu, or as a side dish for dinner.
Lentils are also a vegan-friendly source of protein. Additionally, they are low on ‘glycemic index’ i.e. energy from this food source lasts for a longer period of time.
This vegetable is grown in the sea. This treasure from the sea has calcium to strengthen your bones, zinc to boost your vitality, and omega 3 fatty acids to improve the condition of your heart. You can add it in your sandwiches, sushi, or even use it in a salad.
16. Green tea
Ever thought that green tea is a superfood? Yes it is. There is no doubt about it! Studies have shown its healing powers; be it as small as a cold or as large as heart disease. Green tea improves blood circulation in the body and thus, makes you less prone to cardiac diseases. It also speeds up the metabolism, leading to fat loss and thereby making you less vulnerable to chronic diseases. All in all it is a must have superfood for complete healthy living.
These cute looking vegetables aren’t only about looks, it surely does have some hidden benefits upon consumption. For instance, it is source of minerals and vitamins, that support vital organs, and as a result aids in battling diseases like cancer.
This twin sister of yogurt also has all of the benefits for your digestive and immune system. Plus it is easily available at the shopping marts.
19. Nutritional yeast
Different from brewer’s yeast, this is a power source of protein and vitamin B12 – the vitamin from the B complex that is highly beneficial for many of your organs.
Oatmeal is bodybuilder’s dream food, considering it contains a high source of carbohydrates. Additionally, it provide proteins if cooked in milk. This is a highly recommended breakfast that would keep your energy levels high throughout your busy day. And remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
21. Black Garlic
This food was an unlucky one in the past, considering that only Asian countries cherished its benefits. But not anymore! Today, Westerners have also started appreciating its positive effects. It’s a great boost for our intestines as well. Make your favorite dressing ‘the garlic mayo’ with this special garlic i.e. black garlic instead of the regular garlic and enjoy both taste as well as fitness!
22. Goji berries
Heard the name before? Yes, it is a berry, but it has such miraculous benefits that it is used as a herbal medicine in China. This rich in vitamin C berry is a very good sole solution to treat your eye related problems, stomach related problems and more! So ditch the over the counter medicines and load up on Goji berries as a healthier, more natural alternative. It would save you from all the side effects that allopathic medicines might have. While, science does not back such assertions, there is no denying the vast benefits this superfood tends to have. These could be consumed in the form of liquid or in powder form, and can be purchased from your local health-food store.
Want to be as strong as Popeye-the sailor man? This wasn’t just an imaginative cartoon character, or just Popeye’s favorite food, but in fact, it is a great source of iron. It has been known to strengthen bones, and give our bodies the iron boost it craves.
Strawberries have been known to flatten stomachs, boost Vitamin C intake; all while tasting heavenly! What else do you want from such a lovely looking, deliciously tasting and body benefiting fruit.
Pistachios are fun to eat while watching a movie; and they are definitely a better options for your wellbeing than popcorn. These little nuts contain vitamins, as well proteins that support your body.
This fruit performs the same role that Viagra (erectile dysfunction medicine) performs i.e. that of dilating your blood vessels. Plus it has all the vitamins and minerals. Additionally, watermelon is also great for your skin.
Eggs have been known to be the gold standard of protein, as well as containing essential amino acids! When compared to other high-protein foods, it has continuously surpassed them. Have you ever noticed how often bodybuilders eat them?
Usually meat has been known to increases cholesterol and even deteriorate the hearts health. But, studies have proven that salmon improves the hearts health, because it contains a surplus of omega 3 fatty acids, and when consumed, inserts it into your bloodstream. Thus, you can have an animal-based protein without risking your heart’s longevity.
Treats gastric cancers and provides many other nutritional benefits. It can be included in a delicious soup, risotto and even pasta.
Almonds have been widely known as the king of nuts when speaking in terms of nutritional content! While they can be used in a ton of recipes including, chicken dishes, salads, and trail mix, they can also be eaten by itself (especially when on-the-go).
An apple a day keeps the doctor away! We have all heard this saying before. This is true because of the treasury of minerals and vitamins hidden in a single apple. Dip it in almond butter, toss it in a summer salad, or even blended in a smoothie.
Although cauliflower tastes bitter raw, it does offer many nutrients and vitamins. Try dipping it into hummus, or even cauliflower rice – a rice alternative, that has a similar taste and texture.
Got Halloween shivers? Well pumpkin is used for some other purpose as well. It has bet-carotene which drastically improves immunity.
For as far as history goes, ginger has been extensively used for so many diverse purposes. It supports stomach problems, nausea, and even muscle pain. But, above anything else it has been used for decades in Ayurvedic medicine (traditional herbal medicines), that means it surely does have some healing powers associated with it.
Life is too short to spend at the doctors, overweight, and unhealthy. With the support of these superfoods, you can boost your health, feel and look better!
Please note: This blog is not meant to treat or cure any medical condition or disease. Always consult with your doctor about your personal health and wellness. All blog content is for entertainment purposes only.