Bottom line – Food is our fuel. All the fried, processed and fast food we take for granted affects blood flow, energy levels, and the efficiency of your Mind. Eating a high nutrition and low calorie diet will make your mornings easier, work-days more productive, and bring new energy to family-time… just to name a few! Once you start to feel that all the old, slow-foods were weighing on you, it’s fun to start looking for all the other options out there. Pretty soon, you’ll start to crave the good stuff!
It takes a little discipline to start and nobody is telling you not to dig in on Thanksgiving or have your wings for Sunday football… but we thought we’d give you 6 Superfoods that are pretty easy to work into your diet right now, for a better You!
1. Chia seeds – Chia seeds are gaining serious popularity in the western world and for good reason. Just 1 serving of this superfood has almost 50% of your daily value of dietary fiber. The seeds secrete a gelatin type substance when digested and clean your intestines, making it easier for your digestive tract to absorb nutrients. They also contain a high amount of omega 3 acids and can single handedly take those annoying pills out of your daily schedule. Seeds have a good amount of protein and can help to improve your Heart’s strength. Sprinkle these on some yogurt or just eat them plain, either way they taste great and are even better for you.
2. Blueberries and Raspberries – Eating just a small amount of these berries once a day can play a huge role in improving your health. Blueberries contain one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any food in the world. Large amounts of antioxidants in your diet can help prevent almost every illness known to man, including cancer and Alzheimer’s. The nervous system and brain cells love when we fill our bodies with berries, and consistent intake can even improve our memory. They taste amazing, which makes it that much easier to start including them in your diet.
3. RAW Vegetables – in modern society, we usually cook our vegetables before we even consider eating them. However, when we cook veggies, certain nutrients can be lost and important enzymes are burnt away that can help us digest the food. Eating a smaller portion raw can provide us with even better nutrients and leave our cells nourished. Instead of snacking on potato chips grab a heads of broccoli and some organic dip or hummus… your body will scream in thanks.
4. Almonds and Walnuts – Nuts are probably the best snack we can eat. They taste good, leave us feeling full, and do wonders for our health. More specifically, eating nuts helps lower cholesterol levels and improve your heart, allowing more blood to circulate in the body. The fat found in nuts is completely different than the fat in a piece of pie; instead of storing the fat our bodies actually use it as extra energy. Other than fish, nuts are the best source of omega 3 fatty acids. There are about 6 grams of protein in only 24 almonds and just a handful a day will leave you satisfied and full.
5. Wild caught salmon – Salmon is a perfect replacement for red meat or other high protein foods that are much more difficult to digest. Fish is lighter on the stomach and provides a similar amount of protein without the negative add-ons. It is important that the salmon is wild caught, because fish farms usually used GMO’s, and in that case you’re better off skipping a meal! Replace your steak with a fresh caught salmon, and your Heart will thank you in 20 years.
6. Kale – Kale is high in iron, vitamin K, A, C, and even calcium. This is truly one of the most nutritious foods we can eat. It is also a great detox food, and provides us with a large amount of fiber and very little calories. This “Queen of greens” is popular among people who juice their vegetables, but can also be eaten regularly. A consistent intake of foods like kale make our cells lighter, bodies leaner, and minds clearer. Who doesn’t want that?!