Ah, the New Year, a time for renewal and bettering ourselves, right? As foodies, the struggle is real when it comes to ensuring our meals are nutritious and delicious without sacrificing flavor. The best way to accomplish this is by incorporating superfoods, or foods high in much-needed vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, into your everyday diet. Now, before you ransack your fridge, let us take you through 10 superfoods you probably already have… and enjoy!
I mean, do we even need to remind you of the avocado's magnificence? They are one of the most nutrient-dense foods with a high fiber content and the highest ounce for ounce content of folate, potassium, vitamin E, and magnesium of all fruits. Also, the amount of monounsaturated fatty acids, or MUFAs (pronounce moo-fa), is astounding. Avocados FTW!
Another kitchen favorite! These rojo beauties are high in fiber and bursting with vitamins and minerals, not to mention lycopene. Lycopene is an antioxidant that not only makes your skin look younger, but keeps your heart healthy. A twofer!
Let’s not get this confused with chocolate or cocoa. Cacao is the unprocessed, raw form of the Amazonian tree, bean, nib, or powder. It is chock full of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, and calcium and is known to be a natural mood elevator and anti-depressant. A superfood that puts you in a supermood? We’ll take it!
Go nuts! Pop of few of these babies into your mouth and you’ll be well on your way to reaching your daily dose of alpha-linolenic acid. This omega-3 fatty acid has been shown to improve coordination and memory.
Talk about ¡frío frijoles! These legumes are packed with fiber (making them “musical”, of course), protein, and flavonoids, which are antioxidants that help arteries stay pliable and relaxed. Who wants bean dip?
They may be small, but these tiny fruits pack a HEFTY nutritional punch! High in heart-healthy MUFAs (like avocados), iron, fiber, and vitamin E, olives are a surefire way to get in some tasty nutrients on the daily!
Green and Black Tea
Don’t forget to wash those superfoods down with MORE superfoods! Green and black teas are rich in polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that scavenges for cell-damaging free radicals in the body and detoxifies them. It’s like each cup of tea is your own little body-cleansing superhero! Too much?
Brown rice is loaded with magnesium which you body uses for converting food to energy, building bones, and 298 other chemical reactions! Mix with those black beans and serve with avocado and tomatoes and you’ve got yourself an absurdly healthy meal!
Yes, the incredible, edible egg is loaded with protein, 6 grams to be exact, and will not adversely affect your cholesterol. In fact, they raise HDL, the good cholesterol. The perfect beginning to the first day of the New Year!
Blueberries lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, are anti-inflammatory, packed with antioxidants and flavonoids, AND are high in vitamin C and potassium. They can also improve memory thanks to their anti-inflammatory capabilities, protecting your brain and boosting communication between brain cells. Talk about multitasking!