Tired of an unbalanced diet? Looking for good alternatives? Try adding some of these delicious superfoods into your daily routine to keep you happy and healthy.
There are countless health benefits to gain by incorporating almonds into your daily diet. Almonds have the ability to lower cholesterol because of their abundance of antioxidants, which can boost heart health and even lower the risk of breast cancer. Almonds also contain high levels of magnesium which lower you blood sugar, making them a perfect snack for diabetics! Furthermore, almonds are low in carbs as well as high in protein and fiber which contribute to weight loss. This is because protein and fiber make you fuller faster. Almonds are very yummy when eaten raw, but they often taste even better when seasoned! You can create spiced almonds very easily by adding sweet paprika, cayenne pepper and some brown sugar.
Pomegranates are a delicious fruit filled with coated seeds. When eating a pomegranate, you should scoop all of the juice-covered seeds and consume the entirety of the seeds in order to ensure that you are receiving all of the fruit’s benefits. Similar to almonds, pomegranate seeds contain many anti-oxidants making them a great source of multiple vitamins such as: vitamins A, C and E. They also can provide iron to reduce symptoms of anemia. Add pomegranate seeds into Greek Yogurt along with your favorite fruit and you have yourself a yummy breakfast or snack!
This may come as a surprise to you, but avocados are a very healthy FRUIT! They contain plenty of vitamins K, C, and E to keep you feeling fresh. Avocados contain more potassium than a banana, and very high in fiber to boost metabolic health. And as if that were not enough, this super-fruit is also rich in healthy fats (oleic acid) known to reduce inflammation and cancer risk. From avocado toast to guacamole, you can add it into almost any meal! Put it in a salad or a sandwich to get all the nutritional benefits.
Sweet potatoes are a yummy vegetable that can be a perfect side for every meal (okay, maybe not breakfast)! Sweet potatoes are higher in fiber than regular potatoes and are very good for your digestion. They contain anti-inflammatory properties such as: beta-carotene, vitamin C, and magnesium while continuing to strengthen your immune system with vitamin C, vitamin B, iron and phosphorus. Craving french fries? Try some roasted sweet potatoes! Cut up some sweet potatoes, add olive oil, salt, garlic, and maybe a little bit of hot sauce, and pop them in the oven.
Cauliflower is arguably the most underrated vegetable! It includes countless vitamins (C and K) and other antioxidants to help “detox” the body and better the immune system. Cauliflower contains high levels of protein, fiber, magnesium and choline. Choline can boost your cognitive functioning, improve your memory, and even aid in slowing (Sometimes even stopping!) age-related memory decline. Cauliflower can be a great substitute for carbs! Use it to make fried rice or pizza.
Craving carbs but trying to remain healthy? Try quinoa! Quinoa is a plant that contains many edible seeds filled with various nutritional value. Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids and various antioxidants crucial to a healthy diet. The seeds are high in fiber and protein to help maintain body weight. They are also gluten-free! Quinoa can be a great substitute for red meat. Quinoa burgers are delicious when they are mixed with chickpea and spices. Check out this Quinoa and Chickpea Burger from Health.com.
What comes to mind when someone says protein? Chicken, of course. Although it’s high in protein, chicken has so many other benefits including magnesium, potassium, zinc, and Vitamin A, E, C, D, and K! Looking for a good way to spice up a meal with grilled chicken? Try balsamic grilled chicken with your choice of a veggie side, as seen on Delish.com.
Did you know Omega-3 fatty acids can keep your brain active, improve your memory, and reduce cholesterol? Salmon is an easily digestible protein that is a great substitute for some meats that contain carcinogenic compounds. Summer is great time to get the BBQ going. Instead of your typical hot dog, grill some salmon, add some lemon or honey and your favorite spices to get your Omega-3s in a delicious way!
There are so many benefits in shrimp! This low calorie, zero carb seafood is high in protein, iron, calcium, and Vitamin A and E. This delicious food can improve your skin, reduce hair-loss, and boost brain health. Shrimp is a very versatile type of shellfish, as it can be roasted, breaded, grilled, seasoned, glazed, sautéed and so on. This way, including shrimp in your diet is not only healthy, but also exciting! Real Simple has a lot of great recipes in this article, 15 Healthy Shrimp Recipes.
Loaded with nutrients and high in antioxidants, dark chocolate is sweet treat and good for you! It contains polyphenols and flavonoids, which lowers blood pressure and has a positive effect on heart health. Although dark chocolate is tasty on it’s own, there are many ways to change it up. Cover some almonds, strawberries, bananas, or any fruit and you have an amazing dessert or snack!