Eating healthy is about more than just watching your waistline. It’s also about fueling your body with the feel-good nutrients it needs to function at its peak.
Certain “superfoods” are packed with nutrients, antioxidants, amino acids and other healthy stuff that can boost your mood, ward off sickness and even improve your skin! Check out this list of popular superfoods to add to your grocery shopping list.
Low in calories and brimming with vitamins A, B and C, watermelon is a perfect snack for any time of year, but it’s especially tasty during the sizzling summer months. Watermelon is full of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant with heart-healthy properties. And because watermelon is more than 90 percent water, it can help keep you hydrated, which gives your skin that fresh, glowing look. Superfood indeed!
High in dietary fiber and potassium, butternut squash provides plenty of nutrients to help support healthy vision, digestion, heart function and immune health. It’s also a perfectly filling alternative for those jumping on the low-carb or ketogenic diet train. And while butternut squash is the perfect winter staple, it’s also quite versatile in spring and summer dishes like cold salads, tacos and even hummus.
Spicy jalapeños are not for the timid. Their high levels of capsaicin — the compound that gives peppers their heat — help trigger the release of endorphins that provide that natural feeling of euphoria and elation. We like to think of jalapeños as superfoods because they are naturally very low in calories, provide anti-inflammatory support and help encourage healthy blood flow by dilating the blood vessels. And if you’re feeling a little congested, nothing clears up the sniffles like a jalapeño!
Apart from being delicious, wild-caught salmon is chock-full of beneficial nutrients, particularly omega-3 fatty acids. This is one type of fat you don’t want to cut from your diet. Omega-3s are crucial to your bodily functions and can do wonders for lowering heart disease risk, reducing joint pain and improving brain function. Wild-caught salmon also has high levels of selenium, which supports immune system health.
You didn’t think we were going to finish this list without some leafy greens, did you? Kale, the superfood du jour, is so much more than just a base for salads. A rich leafy green that absorbs flavors exceptionally well, kale can be prepared a hundred different ways. And did you know kale has more iron than the reddest of red meats? It’s also positively bursting with vitamin A, vitamin K and antioxidants, and it can can also help lower your cholesterol when eaten regularly with a diet low in saturated and trans fats. Now that’s super!