Disclaimer: This blog is super corny. . . pun intended and corn not being a super food.
You might ask, what exactly constitutes a food being super. Does it make you fly? Can it give you super strength? Or is a food eaten exclusively by super people?
The answer to all of these is yes!
In a manner of speaking anyway.
Today we’re going to outline what makes a few common superfoods super, and how consuming them can make you super too!
It’s a common misconception that super healthy foods are expensive, and hard to get anywhere other than Trader Joe’s or something. When in fact, some of the best might already be in your fridge (you just never eat them). So let’s jump right in.
Super foods don’t have to have a specific qualification to meet to be classified as a super. In a nutshell, they are foods that provide outstanding nutrients to our bod-ay’s necessary for us to thrive. They are the best things you can consume for a happy, healthy you. Also, they are pretty darn tasty. The list below definitely doesn’t cover all of them, but they’ll be a scrumptious addition to your next grocery list.
Let’s start with grains
Quinoa - This tiny grain has a taste similar to brown rice with a better texture. It has a mild, wheaty flavor and it is a powerhouse of nutrients. Just one cup contains eight grams of protein. It is also the only grain to provide all nine essential amino acids that our bodies can’t produce themselves, along with a few others.
I’ll list them here for you to forget as soon as you read. Isoleucine, leucine, lysine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, cysteine, methionine, threonine, histidine, tryptophan and valine.
Oatmeal - For anyone with high blood-pressure or bad cholesterol, oatmeal is the way to go. It’s rich in soluble fiber which has been shown to decrease bad-cholesterol by 10-15%. The fiber in oatmeal can also reduce high blood pressure and might decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. Oatmeal is also rich in thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, selenium, and iron. . . . you can look those up later.
Blueberries - The antioxidants count in blueberries is nothing short of outstanding. This is because of phytonutrients. Phytonutrients function both as antioxidants and as anti-inflammatory compounds in the body, and they are responsible for many of the well-documented health benefits we enjoy from these delicious nibbles such as improving brain function, cancer protection, and preventing heart disease. Fun Fact - Anthocyanins are phytonutrients that gives blueberries it’s bright color, and they are usually the first thing mentioned when talking about their healthy benefits.
Spinach - Low in calories, high in phytonutrients, and versatile in cooking, this superfood is beneficial for maintaining healthy skin, hair and (my favorite) strong bones, as well as helping with digestion, lowering the risk for heart disease and improving blood glucose control in diabetics. Just watch a Popeye episode and you’ll know everything about it. That’s what I did anyway. . .
Eggs - I know what you are all thinking. Eggs? Booorrinnng. But listen, inside these plain little white ovals is something magical. They are packed with all the nutrients required to turn a single cell into a baby chicken. That’s pretty powerful stuff. Each egg is about 75 calories, 6 grams of protein, and 5 grams of healthy fats (this includes omega-3’s). These little nuggets of sunshine also have a little bit of almost all the nutrients we need. For added health benefits and a hella-good taste, buy eggs from local farm-raised chickens.
There are many more super foods out there to be sure. But i’ll finish today by leaving you the honor of researching them yourself. Just be warned that there are some foods out there the internet claims are “super” but they are really more like “sidekick” foods.
In conclusion, eating super foods will leave you super healthy, super happy and possibly super.