Dieting can be challenging for everyone. Super-foods are a great way to add more protein, fiber, and antioxidants to your diet and can help you reach your health goals quicker. These nutrient-rich foods should be eaten every day and are easy to sneak in to replace other ingredients in your diet. The following super-foods are not only rich in proteins, fiber, and antioxidants, but eating them in place of refined carbs will help you reach your health and wellness goals quicker.
Blueberries contain more antioxidants than any other berry. Not only do they help the body fight against cancer, heart disease, dementia, and macular degeneration, but they are high in water and help with hydration. Just eating half a cup of blueberries each day accounts for one-serving of your daily fruit and vegetable intake.
Are you familiar with the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” then you’re in luck. Research has shown that this is true! Apples are loaded with antioxidants that help protect our cells and reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease. Not only are apples filling, but their skin is high in fiber and helps with weight loss.
Yogurt is full of probiotics and beneficial bacteria that helps reduce the growth of harmful bacteria in your digestive tract. Yogurt helps boost the immune system and provides protection against certain diseases and is also a great source of calcium and protein. It’s important to look for yogurts that are labeled with live and active cultures because these yogurts contain probiotics and try to avoid sweetened or fruit-flavoured brands.
If you are looking to reduce inflammation in the body, consider drinking green tea. Green tea contains antioxidants higher than those of fruits and vegetables and has a high dose of catechin. Catechin helps reduce inflammation, disease, illness, high blood pressure and reduce risks of heart disease. A cup a day is all you need to receive the benefits of green tea. I’m a fan of matcha as well and include that in my smoothies & shakes.
This veggie is one of the most powerful antioxidants we have at our disposal. Not only does it help protect our body from cancer, but it also offers higher nutritional value at a low-caloric cost. The sulfur compounds in broccoli boost detoxifying enzymes which help fight potentially cancer-causing compounds. Broccoli also aids the immune system, builds bones and can prevent congenital disabilities when eaten while pregnant.
Adding these super-foods to your everyday diet is a great way to eat healthily, and reduce your chance of illness and other diseases.