Superfoods!

It’s A Bird… It’s A Plane… It’s A Superfood!

So what are superfoods anyway? While there is no scientific definition of what a superfood is, it generally refers to a nutrient dense food that is considered to promote positive health. Merriam-Webster defines a superfood as:

a food (such as salmon, broccoli, or blueberries) that is rich in compounds (such as antioxidants, fiber, or fatty acids) considered beneficial to a person’s health <Superfoods increase energy and vitality, regulate cholesterol and blood pressure and may help to prevent or fight cancer and other diseases.— Kathleen Back Brady, Tallahassee (Florida) Democrat, 26 Feb. 2014> <Because açai is rich in polyphenols and other antioxidants, it’s been hailed by some as a superfood or “miracle berry.” — Andrew Weil, Self Healing, October 2006>

Superfoods alone are not the key to a healthy diet, but they can be used to promote positive health.  Try to incorporate as much of these nutrient packed foods into your diet on a daily basis as possible. The majority of superfoods are plant based whole foods which is the key to a proper balanced diet. Below is a list of some of the most popular and most nutrient dense superfoods:

  • beans
  • beats
  • beetroot
  • blueberries
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • chia
  • chocolate
  • cranberries
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • goji berries
  • greek yogurt
  • green tea
  • kale
  • leeks
  • lentils
  • oatmeal
  • oily fish
  • pistachios
  • pomegranate
  • pumpkins
  • quinoa
  • salmon
  • spinach
  • strawberries
  • watermelon
  • wheatgrass

Many of these same superfoods can be found on the 25 Greatest Superfoods list with a more detailed description of what makes each one so super.

Super Food
Photo Credit: Body Kinetics

What is your favorite superfood?

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