Kate's Cuisine

Jun 13 2009

Superfoods

Superfoods are foods that are thought to have such a high nutritional value that we can get many of the nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that we need by only eating one serving of them! These superfoods are great to incorporate into your diet so that you can make sure you’re knocking off the daily percentages you need while still maintaining a superbly healthy weight and feeling fit and fine! Here are some of the best superfoods you can eat!

Broccoli
What doesn’t broccoli have that’s good for you? Full of antioxidants, indoles, and monoterpenes, these are all wonderful things that will help you fight off many types of cancer. Broccoli is also loaded with great vitamins such as vitamin A and C, plus it also comes with fibre and calcium – two musts for every diet!

Sweet Potatoes
Even if you’ve sworn off white potatoes because of the starch content, sweet potatoes are a great way to still fill up on a great energy source without getting those extra inches on your waist. Sweet potatoes are packed with carotenoids, which will help prevent cancer but they also have Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and copper to keep you at the top of your game!

Buckwheat
Like the sweet potato, buckwheat is a carb that can sometimes get a bad name. What you’ll find in buckwheat is tons of rutin, which will help lower your cholesterol and help lower high blood pressure. In addition to all of this, buckwheat also has a lot of protein, fibre, vitamin B, copper, magnesium, and phosphorus. Light buckwheat has more nutritional punch than dark buckwheat and it can be used to make pancakes or a small amount can be substituted for white flour when baking.

Organic Skim Milk
There’s no argument that drinking milk is one of the best ways to supply your body with calcium. Unfortunately, there are some hormones and fat that comes with drinking milk that many people, especially adults, don’t care for. Organic skim milk eliminates both of those problems by getting rid of both the hormones and the fat. And besides calcium, you’ll also fill up on Vitamin D and riboflavin!

Apples
The apple is a fruit that often goes unnoticed but this little powerhouse will give you 25% of your Vitamin C intake for the day. But even more than that, apples are also a great way to get phytochemicals into your diet, which can help prevent diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. And because they’re also full of antioxidants, apples are also a great way to fight cancer, especially prostate and breast, and they also help fight against heart disease and stroke! Want to make sure you get all the benefits from that apple? Make sure you eat the peel!

Nuts
One of the snack foods dieters and athletes often turn to are nuts. This is because they fill you up without adding too much weight and because nuts are a great way to get omega-3′s – the good kind of fat! Not only that but nuts can help prevent heart disease and they’ve got tons of protein, phytochemicals, Vitamin E, calcium, and magnesium.

Flaxseed
Flaxseed is another food that has major cancer-fighting power. This is because it has more lignans, which are powerful phytochemicals, than any other plant. These can greatly help in a fight against cancer, particularly breast. But flaxseed is good for so much more! It’s also filled with omega-3′s and can help prevent inflammation and heart disease. Flaxseed is easy to incorporate into your diet by shaking some into your baking goods or by sprinkling some on a salad. It’s important to note that real flaxseed, not the oil, brings the most health benefits.

Tea
Tea is a superfood that actually gives you your pick. Whether you like black tea, white tea, or green tea, there is no wrong answer! They all have powerful antioxidants that can help fight cancer and reduce inflammation. Green and white teas are more known for their anti-inflammatory properties while black tea is thought to help prevent heart disease and can help lower cholesterol levels.

Beans
Beans are another superfood that give you your pick, depending on which type of beans you prefer. But all beans, whether they are pinto, kidney, soy, garbanzo, black, or another variety, all have powerful cancer-fighting properties because of their phytochemicals. These phytochemicals also allow beans to help prevent heart disease, infections, and osteoporosis. Beans also have tons of vitamins, especially the B vitamin, minerals, and protein, making it a true superfood!

Blueberries
Next time you need to add some fruit to your breakfast cereal, make sure you grab some blueberries. This tiny little fruit is not only packed with antioxidants that will fight free radicals and cancer, but they’re also loaded with Vitamin C, magnesium, and fibre. Plus, their antioxidants also help them fight heart disease, cancer, cataracts, and glaucoma.

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