Superfoods are foods that are known for their high nutritional content. To put it simply, they are foods that offer the most bang for your buck. It seems obvious that we should try to incorporate superfoods into our diet as we can, but it can be difficult to know how to do this. The trick is to choose versatile meals and snacks that you can play around with and add your perfect combinations of nutrition and taste to suit your personal preferences.
When it comes to superfoods and smoothies, the possibilities are endless. Because all ingredients are blended together to make a delicious, creamy meal or snack, there are so many different ways to add superfoods, some you won’t even be able to taste. Choose higher-fiber, antioxidant-rich fruits like frozen berries, sneak in some leafy greens like spinach or kale, and sprinkle in some chia seeds, which are high in nutrients but low in calories. You can also go with some frozen avocado to add that creamy texture without the sugar. While avocados are high in fat and calories, they are considered a superfood because they are healthy fats, and the calories go a long way with the fruit’s nutritional profile. They’re a great source of vitamins K and C as well as folate. Many people like to use bananas to make their smoothies creamy, but avocados pack more potassium and are much lower in sugar. Depending on the flavor you’re going for, you can also add in nut butters, also super high in nutrients. No matter your taste or preference, there are so many ways to blend up smoothies that are packed with the best superfoods.
Power bowls are another versatile option that allow for all different kinds of superfoods. Quinoa always makes a good base. It’s high in protein and fiber and packed with nutrients like magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, and many others. From there, you can choose your flavor preference. There are so many power bowl recipes that allow for additional superfoods, like sweet potatoes, beans, broccoli, avocado, and healthy proteins like fish (choose salmon for the healthiest fats) and chicken. Top the bowl with a healthy dressing made from greek yogurt, another super food for its low sugar content and good bacteria. Power bowls are such a great way to combine grains, veggies, and protein in one place for a delicious and healthy meal.
Top Your Toast
Toast is an excellent vehicle for healthy foods because it can be topped with so many other different foods. Make sure to choose whole-grain versions, like toast made from oats, seeds, or sprouted grains. The higher the fiber, the better. Then choose your toppings. For something sweet, add almond, peanut, or cashew butter (no sugar added) and a bit of honey with some fruit. For a more savory snack, spread the toast with avocado and top with a sliced hard-boiled egg, sliced tomato, and a handful of arugula. Eggs are high in protein, very low in carbohydrates, and are high in choline, which helps with liver and brain health.
Overnight oats have recently become a popular breakfast or snack for their convenience and versatility. Oats are a whole grain, which is important to incorporate into any healthy diet. They’re a great source of fiber and are known to have numerous health benefits such as lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels. To make overnights, oats, just mix them in with some coconut or almond milk and add whatever flavors and healthy ingredients you like. Chia seeds, berries, and almonds are all great superfood choices. Leave them in the refrigerator overnight, and the next morning they will have absorbed the liquid and turned into a creamy oatmeal.
Whether it’s packing a power bowl with nutrient dense veggies, grains, and proteins or blending up a smoothie with antioxidant-rich fruits and seeds, adding superfoods to your diet doesn’t have to be a chore. More importantly, it can– and should– be delicious.