Are you trying to eat healthy but don’t know where to begin? Are you looking to limit or cut out meat from your diet? Are you just looking to get creative with your cooking? The next time you head to the market, consider picking up these 15 superfoods- nutrient powerhouses that will help you look good, feel good, and eat well.
A is for avocado! First, on our list, Avocados are nutrient powerhouses. What sets avocados apart from other fruits (yes, the avocado is a fruit!) is the protein and fat content, both of which are higher in avocados than more traditional fruits. Because the nutrients in an avocado can help supplement a lack of meat, they are great for vegan and vegetarian diets. Additionally, the average avocado is a decent source of potassium, and also provides a sizable amount of Vitamins B, K, E, C. When eaten regularly, Avocados can help to lower cholesterol, which makes them a must have in your diet to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Spinach, even among superfoods, is a superfood. It’s way more than just another great green that can keep your heart healthy and happy by helping to regulate blood sugar and blood pressure. Spinach is great for the body in a number of ways, from clearing the body of toxins to boosting metabolism and aiding in weight loss. As with most leafy greens, spinach is high in nutritional content, particularly Vitamins A and C. These vitamins help to strengthen skin and hair. Spinach is also rich in potassium and magnesium and boasts some anti-Inflammatory properties, which make digestion easier.
Because of its nutrient payload, Quinoa is a great substitute for rice in more ways than one. While it is technically a grain, it boasts significantly higher nutritional content; in fact, it is actually a complete protein, which sets it apart from other grains. It is an excellent source of fiber, even more than other grains, which helps with satiety, as well as digestive processes, all of which helps your body run more efficiently. For those with restrictive diets, Quinoa is gluten free. It also has flavonoids that protect health with anti-inflammatory and antiviral function and has even been proven to have anti-depressant effects.
Eggs aren’t just a great, tasty food to eat for that feeling of fullness, but they are often incorporated as part of healthy diets, and it’s easy to see why. Each egg provides a decent bit of protein, but is also low in calories, allowing one to build muscle and healthy fats while keeping caloric intake steady. Additionally, disease-fighting nutrients, such as lutein, and cell building nutrients, like choline, can be found in eggs. Studies indicate that most people aren’t getting enough choline in their diet. Whole eggs are a great way to make up the difference!