Top 7 Superfoods (& Why They’re So Super)

Superfoods are an essential part of your diet, but with no clear dictionary definition, they can be hard to identify. Here’s a list that will help!

While there’s no clear scientific requirements, in general, superfoods should contain high amounts of essential nutrients, including vitamins and minerals, lean protein, or fiber.

Superfoods also typically contain anti-inflammatory fats like omega-3 fatty acids or antioxidants, which help protect your cells from aging and disease.1-4

If you want to look and feel better, the superfoods on this list are a great place to start! Learn what makes them so healthy, plus get great recipes for all 7…

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1. Kale
Superfood Facts: Kale has been the sweetheart of the health food world for years now, and it comes by its nutrition reputation legitimately. One serving is packed with more than your whole day’s quota of Vitamins C, A, and K, plus plenty of fiber and minerals. (Try it in this simple, delicious recipe.)

2. Quinoa
Superfood Facts: Pronounced “keen-wah,” this superfood seed has it all: it’s a complete protein with all 9 essential amino acids, making it a great choice for vegetarians and vegans. It’s also a good source of minerals and fiber. Quinoa is super-versatile, equally at home in breakfast or dinner.

3. Berries
Superfood Facts: Blueberries, raspberries, and acai berries are all great for you because of their high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C. That means they can slow cellular aging, as well as prevent issues like cancer and heart disease. Berries also have notable levels of omega-3s and fiber, making them a “berry” good choice…

4. Oats
Superfood Facts: Despite their humble appearance, oats are a genuine rockstar of the food world, with tons of protein, fiber, and iron. Try our Trio of Overnight Oats Recipes for three yummy, convenient ways to enjoy this superfood. (Be sure to choose gluten-free oats, as some are processed with wheat starch.)

5. Salmon
Superfood Facts: Salmon is a fantastic source of omega-3 fatty acids, nature’s ultimate anti-inflammatory. It’s also a great choice for clean, lean protein. Just be sure you choose wild-caught salmon, not farmed – wild is better for your health and the environment.

6. Chia
Superfood Facts: While you might have first met chia seeds in a commercial for “Ch-ch-ch-chia Pets,” these tiny black seeds are actually packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and calcium. They’re also a good protein boost – try this easy Berry Chia Seed Pudding recipe.

7. Turmeric
Superfood Facts: Also known as curcumin, turmeric is nature’s ultimate anti-inflammatory. It’s an excellent source of multiple minerals like iron and manganese, plus vitamin B6 and fiber. Try it in our Golden Milk recipe, packed with extra protein for a warming boost to your energy.

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Want more superfood goodness? Check out part 2 of this series, 8 More Superfoods to Help You Live Longer & Healthier! More great superfood facts and yummy, healthy recipes…

Article Sources:
1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4153275/
2 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18072818
3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2685276/
4 https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/antioxidants-fact-sheet

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