SUPERFOODS!! I'd be shocked if you've never heard this term before. But if you haven't no need to fret, as superfoods aren't any bizarre or abnormal foods that you have never seen before (well maybe some them lol). Super foods are simply foods that are packed to the rafters with nutrition, and may give us an additional health benefit above other foods. So well we are on this topic, I'm just going to come right out and say it, that I've become obsessed with kale. And surprise! Its a superfood! I try to sneak it in wherever I can. Which is odd because I must admit, that before transitioning to whole foods plant based eating I never touched the stuff. I have always adored spinach though, which is also in the power packed green leafy family. Anyways, getting back to superfoods, I have listed 5 below that I am going to start incorporating more of in my diet, and I hope you do too!
1. Kale: This is a green leafy that provides loads of antioxidants and calcium. Prior to eating kale remember to remove the stem to avoid a yucky bitter taste. Kale goes great in smoothies, mixed in salads, or wilted on top of a sweet potato. If you are not a huge fan of Kale, try another leafy green such as spinach, broccoli, or collards, as all leafy greens have tremendous health benefits.
2. Blueberries: No description needed for this fruit I'm sure. I always hated blueberries when I was growing up. Plus I swore they gave me diarrhea. It's funny how as we get older our taste changes, and I'm so glad mine did, because I'd be missing out on all the wonderful things blueberries have to offer! Another food packed with antioxidants to help protect us against inflammation and chronic diseases, this fruit goes great on oatmeal, in yogurt, or throw in a container for a take-a-long quick healthy snack.
3. Tomatoes: If you don't like tomatoes, then start! Just kidding. I think the gooey center may be what gets some people. If that's the case for you, maybe try scooping out the center, and just eating the outer parts on a sandwich or in a salad. For me, the firmer the better when it comes to tomatoes; it' such a turn off when they get all mushy! Tomatoes are packed with a phytochemical called lycopene, which has been shown to have anti-cancer effects, especially prostate cancer.
4. Avocados: I recently made a promise to myself to eat more avocados. I love them, but just never think to eat them as silly as that sounds. Avocados are amazing source of healthy fat and fiber, while giving you zero saturated fat or cholesterol. Avocados are especially protective against heart disease, and go great with just about anything!
5. Flaxseed: These little slippery seeds are so great because you can sneak them into so much. I love to add them to my smoothies or protein shake, or over top of my oatmeal (with my blueberries of course). Flaxseed also can be used as an egg replacer when baking for an animal product free option. These little seeds are loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids that protect against inflammation and heart disease. Choose ground flax or flax meal because we are unable to digest the whole seed.