Whether you’re a diehard gym rat or a lover of healthy eating, chances are you’ve heard the term “superfood.” Despite being a relatively self-explanatory moniker, there may be some misconceptions about superfoods.
What makes a food super?
Superfoods are awesome because they are nutritionally dense foods that are loaded with a variety of nutrients, minerals and antioxidants to give your body the one-two-punch of good, clean eating it needs. Superfoods help prevent disease, support the immune system and help you feel better and healthier.
What foods are super?
When people think of superfoods, they sometimes think of exotic, more expensive and difficult-to-pronounce foods like Açai berries and Quinoa – both native to South America and, to many, an acquired taste. But the truth is, plenty of everyday, more affordable and easy-to-find foods are super too.
Dark leafy greens, such as spinach and kale, are super and versatile. Beyond steaming these veggies, you can puree them in smoothies, sauté them with garlic and olive oil and cook in hearty stews. On top of tasting great, dark leafy greens are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin C, iron and fiber (keeping you regular, if you know what we mean).
Garlic is another food worthy of the super title. Beyond adding major flavor to an enormous variety of dishes, this deliciously stinky-in-all-the-right-ways food is packed with manganese, Vitamin B6 and selenium, among others. (Bring on the garlic breath, baby!)
Other superfoods to check out include avocado, berries, nuts, seeds and so much more. A simple Google search can provide you a host of healthy superfoods to try. And while most of these tend to be plant based, Salmon and Kefir are also considered superfoods because they are nutritionally dense.
What foods aren’t so super?
We don’t have to tell you that fried foods, fatty meats and heavy starches are not considered superfoods. And while other foods may be less healthy than others, we advise Fresh foodies to err on the side of caution when deciding what to eat. If your meal has a nutrition label, read it. Are there ingredients you can’t pronounce or an abundance of sodium and sugars? If the answer is yes, then don’t eat it.
When in doubt, subscribe to Fresh. We’re always changing up our healthy prepared meals delivered right to your door so you never get bored with our menu. Our healthy meals are packed with superfoods, such as our Balsamic Sirloin Steak with broccoli and greens or Chicken Roulade with Spinach and Artichoke.