Many of us endeavor to eat as healthily as we can and we encourage our families to do the same, to ensure the best possible start for our children and longevity and general well-being for the whole family.
We can do this through healthy cooking and making healthy food choices. There is more and more research to show that certain foods have been found to be more beneficial to our bodily health than other foods, hence the name Superfood.
What are Superfoods?
Superfoods are natural and unprocessed foods that are excellent sources of antioxidants and other vital nutrients that will help your body fight diseases. A regular diet including Superfoods can give our body better protection against chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, and obesity.
Aside from those benefits, they also boost the immune system, lower cholesterol levels, help maintain the body weight, and essentially make us live longer. All while putting us in a great mood!
This week we take a look at 6 Superfoods that are particularly good for the health of your family’s bodies. There are also some delicious recipe suggestions so you can incorporate as many of these Superfoods as you wish into your family’s diet.
Did you know that asparagus is full of mood-enhancing and heart-nourishing nutrients? This green stalk vegetable is rich in folate and folic acid. The folic acid promotes pleasant dispositions and makes a person feel good while folate is essential for a robust cardiovascular system.
One of the most versatile fruits that can be incorporated into a range of dishes, the humble tomato is packed to bursting with lycopene and vitamin C – nutrients that are needed to fight cancer and protect the heart. Tomatoes are also low in calories and are a wonderful source of fiber, great for our body’s digestion.
Fatty fish such as salmon, herring, mackerel, and sardines are valued for their richness in omega-3 fatty acids that can prevent the growth of cancer cells, boost the immune system and reduce the risk of heart disease. They are also good for the joints and can alleviate arthritic pain because of their anti-inflammatory properties.
Little do many of us know that the sweet spice we sprinkle on our oatmeal and on French toast is one of the most health-beneficial foods in the world? With active ingredients that increase our cells’ ability to break down sugar, cinnamon helps control blood sugar and lowers cholesterol levels in our body.
Iced Green Tea
Iced tea, especially green tea is highly beneficial for your health. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants as well as nutrients that truly have prevailing effects on your body. Improved brain function is the biggest benefit that green tea assures. Fat loss, reducing cancer risk are some other benefits that it ensures. That’s why 37% American’s prefer to keep a good tea maker at home.
This understated fungus is one of the richest food sources of the anti-oxidant that keeps our immune system strong and prevents us from getting colds and other viruses. Mushrooms are also high in B vitamins, which are terrific for maintaining a healthy metabolism.
Now armed with the knowledge of what these 5 Superfoods can grant to our bodies, try and incorporate them into your family meals for better health and general wellbeing.
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