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Superfoods You Need to Add to Your Diet Now

By on March 29, 2014
Let’s face it, there’s a lot of talk these days about what is good for you and what isn’t. While some of these fads are gone as fast as they came, there are some that stick around for the long haul. And, you’ll notice the majority of those are superfoods. Food in general, when chosen right, can help improve your overall health. You’ll have more energy, be happier and even lose weight. So, if you are looking for superfoods to add to your diet, here are the top performers.

Eat More Walnuts

Having sour moods lately? Add some walnuts and watch the days brighten up. Walnuts are packed full of tryptophan, an essential amino acid that helps your brain produce serotonin (a feel good chemical). Research has shown that people who eat walnuts on a regular basis are happier and have more energy than those who don’t. Add them to a salad, toss them in with your smoothie or just eat them plain.

Go for Asparagus

It doesn’t have a delightful name, but the health benefits are something to get giddy over. In fact, asparagus is high in vitamins K, B1, B2 and C.  Also, asparagus has natural anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant benefits. It can help fight off free radicals, make you feel younger, and even improve your mood.

Legumes, Legumes, Legumes

Beans are great for the budget and great for the diet. If you’re trying to lose weight, beans will be your best friends. That is because your body works harder to break down the bean and get the fiber, which mean your body is using energy (and burning calories) just to digest what you’ve eaten. Legumes have a healthy dose of dietary fiber, which helps with digestion and helps you maintain a healthy colon.

Spinach is Your Favorite Green

Your mother used to fight you as a kid to eat your spinach, but now you are adding it to your smoothies, salads and anywhere else you can find. Spinach is a good source for iron (even more so if you don’t eat a lot of meat). Also, spinach is high in vitamins K, A, iron, copper, magnesium, manganese and folate. The phytonutrients in spinach are said to help ward off cancer cells and the antioxidants in the leafy greens fight free radicals.

Try More Salmon

Salmon has wrinkle prevention properties, so if you’re looking to fight fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging, it’s something to add to your diet. Also, salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which is great for your heart.

You don’t have to eat all of the superfoods every day, but just adding a few to your weekly diet can help promote a healthier body, mind and give you the energy you need to do what you love to do.

Readers: What are your favorite superfoods? How do you incorporate them into your weekly diet?

 

Resources:                                                                                                                                                                                                                              www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20478372,00.html                                                                                                                                                       www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=43                                                                                                                       www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19825218                                                                                                                                                                                  www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=99                                                                                                                                                www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=12

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