By: Will Sunner
We commonly hear about foods that have little nutritional value and provide “empty calories”. What we don’t hear enough about are nutrient dense foods, or “Superfoods”…this week’s Focus Point.
Superfoods have high concentrations of essential nutrients and anti-oxidants, proven to help prevent disease, and improve overall health and longevity. Their benefits include assisting with weight management, preventing or reducing joint inflammation, lowering cholesterol/blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.
Below are 10 superfoods you should include in your diet:
- Fish high in Omega 3 fatty acids (wild salmon)
- Nuts (walnuts and almonds)
- Chia Seeds
- Dark Chocolate
There are many foods nutritious enough to be considered a superfood. The key is to focus on maintaining a smart, balanced “super-diet”. Pay attention to portion size, hunger and satiety to ensure you don’t overeat. Your goal should be to eat these foods more frequently, not to eat more in one sitting. Check out the following link for more superfood ideas and great recipes.
Also, try the following strategies to increase your superfood consumption:
- Incorporate one superfood with each meal (i.e. almonds on your salad, blueberries in your yogurt or oatmeal).
- Make your plate as colorful as possible. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables are loaded with essential nutrients.
- Pack “super snacks” for in-between meals or pre/post workout.
- Browse the fresh produce isle when grocery shopping. That’s where you will find the majority of superfoods.
- Buy prepared fruits and vegetables to make it easy to include them in your diet
If you want to feel great inside and out, incorporate more superfoods into your diet…your body will be glad you did!
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