Superfoods You Should Know About

superfoods-aboutThere’s a great wide world full of superfoods out there that many of us don’t even know about includingsome common fruits, spices and vegetables that may surprise you. These foods offer the best nutrition possible and help stave off a host of illnesses so make them a part of your diet more often.

Acai – full of antioxidants, amino acids, and essential fatty acids and also, a great source of fiber, phytosterols, and trace minerals.

Aloe Vera – rich in amino acids, antioxidants, enzymes, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.  Great as a digestive aid too.

Avocados – high in fat but it’s the good healthy fat and full of essential omega fatty acids, potassium, folic acid, lutein, and vitamin E.

Beans and Lentils – more beneficial protein than animal sources and full of fiber, antioxidants, calcium, iron, B vitamins, and potassium.

Blueberries– super antioxidant, rich in phytonutrients, high fiber and low in sugar.

Broccoli – tons of fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C, calcium, and iron and may be helpful in preventing cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes.

Cacao–full of magnesium, calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese. Also Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E and more.

Cinnamon – highest antioxidant levels of anyspice,may also lower cholesterol and is showing some interesting promise in helping to control blood sugar.

Coconut– rich in healthy medium chain triglycerides that are saturated fats more easily absorbed and burned by the body instead of being stored, and may even help people lose weight.

Flax and Chia Seeds – provide the perfect supply of concentrated omega fatty acids and fiber. Flax seeds are high in lignans, powerful antioxidants that may have anticancer properties.  Chia seeds are exceptionally high in omega fatty acids and very rich in calcium, potassium, and iron.

Ginger – full of anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols that may boost the immune system and fight pain. Ginger, high in digestive enzymes, has also been used for hundreds of years to treat nausea, bloating, gas, and upset stomach.

Goji Berries – exceptionally rich in antioxidants and carotenoids that may protect the eyes from degenerative diseases. Also provide an ample dose of amino acids, vitamin C, vitamin E, fatty acids, and B vitamins

Maca Root – highly nutritious, energy-imbuing food used to enhance strength, endurance, libido, and fertility. It contains a large amount of complex carbohydrates, protein, fiber, fatty acids, and many minerals and vitamins including calcium, B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, iron, potassium, and copper.

Quinoa – loaded with fiber, amino acids (including Lysine), and valuable minerals.

Seaweeds – rich in minerals that have been concentrated in the ocean, like potassium, iron, calcium, iodine, and magnesium and rich in vitamin A, carotenoids, and vitamin C.

Turmeric – natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties, combats several types of cancer, works as an anti-inflammatory, seems to protect the liver from damage, and may alleviate arthritis symptoms.

Walnuts – lots of healthy omega fatty acids, manganese, and copper, potassium, magnesium, and calcium.

Water – technically not a food, but essential for life and used in every cell, tissue, and organ in your body. Drinking clean, pure water helps every aspect of health includingcleansing the body of toxins and waste, metabolizing fat, regulating temperature, protecting joints, and digesting food

Wheat and Barley Grass – gluten free, “super greens,” overflowing with enzymes, vitamin A, carotenoids, vitamin E, B vitamins, essential amino acids, iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc.

A quick and easy way to get some serious nutrients into your body quickly is by putting many of these superfoods on the list in a smoothie. Stop by The Healthy Choice Smoothie and Juice Bar and sample one of our protein, superfood rich recipes.

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