Superfoods are the fruits, vegetables, meats, and seeds that give you the best chances of living a longer, healthier life. They can slow aging, protect your cells, and prevent inflammation.1-4
Choosing superfoods makes a lot of sense if you want to look and feel your best. However, since there’s no clear medical definition for what a “superfood” is, you might need a little help! The eight superfoods below are all great-tasting and great for you.
Learn what makes them a good option for your diet, plus get yummy recipes for all eight. And if you want more superfoods to add to your menu, check out Part 1 of this series, Top 7 Superfoods (& Why They’re So Super).
Superfood Facts: Lentils, peas, and beans are the standouts in the legume family, and they’re all eligible for superfood status thanks to complete protein (meaning they have all 9 essential amino acids), vitamins and minerals, and fiber. I love them with lunch or dinner.
Superfood Facts: Flaxseed is an amazing superfood that is absolutely crammed full of omega-3s, healthy fats that fight inflammation. These toasty brown seeds are also packed with fiber and protein, making them a great addition to protein shakes, oatmeal, and more.
3. Green Tea
Superfood Facts: Green tea contains a host of helpful compounds that can do everything from improve brain function to help with weight loss and emotional eating. Green tea also improves insulin sensitivity, decreasing your risk for type 2 diabetes and related diseases.
Superfood Facts: I heart avocados! They’re a true superfood, with healthy fats, plenty of fiber, protein, and vitamins. You can eat them in shakes, make a side of guacamole, or add them to a wrap. (And here’s a quick tip to ripen them in just 10 minutes.)
Superfood Facts: Popeye had it right: spinach is the poster child for superfoods. It’s got tons of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and some protein. The easy way to get your greens is to add a handful to your favorite shake, but you can also add spinach to tasty Turkey, Spinach, & Strawberry Wraps.
Superfood Facts: Almonds are another one of my faves, and it’s no wonder: not only are they packed with protein, healthy omega-3s, and vitamins, they taste so yummy! You can enjoy this superfood on its own in creamy almond butter, or try it in a batch of tasty Vanilla Almond Paleo Protein Pancakes.
Superfood Facts: Ginger is a versatile superfood that has a variety of health benefits, from fighting inflammation to healing your gut. Ginger contains beneficial amounts of fiber, vitamin C, and multiple minerals; as a plus, it’s also a natural way to fight nausea. Try it in this delicious Ahi Tuna over Asian Slaw.
Superfood Facts: One word: flavanols. Those are the compounds in cacao that can help slow aging, prevent major disease like cancer and diabetes, and protect your heart and brain. No wonder we crave chocolate! Just be sure to eat raw cacao powder or dark chocolate with 75%+ cacao for the best results.
Still hungry for more? Check out this article for more superfood facts and an amazing Superfoods Protein Shake recipe!