You’ve likely heard the term “superfoods” followed by some crazy sounding fruit or vegetable from a remote and exotic location. So you may be surprised to learn that superfoods are available just down the street. At your local grocery store.
What’s makes a food a “superfood”? Quite simply, superfoods are a whole natural food that has extreme health benefits, especially when it comes to the nutritional impact versus the caloric content.
The bigger question is, what are they? And are they finding their way into your grocery cart?
To get you started, here’s a quick grocery list of the top 10 often overlooked superfoods, and what exactly makes them so super.
Superfood #1: Whey Protein
It doesn’t get much better than whey protein. This complete protein helps ward off hunger pangs while providing key nutrients to keep your body healthy—all while helping you preserve your hard-won muscle as you strip off body fat.
In fact, studies show that the BCAA (branched chain amino acids) found in whey protein may even support increased longevity.
Superfood #2: Cauliflower
This one better be near the top of the list! Not only is it one of the bona-fide superfoods, but you can use it to help enrich a low-carb diet. Try making cauliflower rice, cauliflower pizza crust, mashed “faux potatoes,” roasted cauliflower, and so much more.
As if that weren’t enough, cauliflower provides tons of healthy vitamins, especially vitamin C, and can even help you lose weight because it helps you feel fuller and can be used in place of higher calorie foods.
Superfood #3: Coconut Oil
This healthy high-fat superfood has earned its reputation. Our very own Coach Tim frequently talks about the vast benefits of coconut oil, including:
- Suppressed appetite
- Increased metabolic rate
- Reduced body weight
- Reduced belly fat
- Improved insulin sensitivity
- Brain health and focus
You can also use coconut oil as a body lotion, hair repair tonic, dental hygiene aid, and as an anti-aging secret weapon.
Superfood #4: Berries
Berries are like nature’s M&Ms. Not only are they tasty and fun to eat, they provide the phytochemicals you need to support healthy cells. Berries are known to help support healthy blood pressure, keep your heart healthy, and even aid in weight loss.
Superfood #5: Broccoli
Want to protect your body from free radicals? Load up on some delicious, fiber- and nutrient-rich broccoli! Broccoli, like many of its superfood friends, sports large amounts of vitamin C and antioxidants, and is even known for helping support a healthy response to inflammation, allergies, and joint pain. Broccoli is also helpful when it comes to clearing up your skin and detoxifying your body.
Superfood #6: Greek Yogurt
Not just any old yogurt, mind you, but Greek unsweetened yogurt, is a total superfood.
Opt for organic, of course.
Full-fat versions are actually prized above low-fat and fat-free varieties as well. Not only is it extremely satiating (you’ll feel full and satisfied for hours!), but full-fat Greek yogurt boasts higher levels of omega-3 fats and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) which both aid in your body’s ability to use body fat for fuel, giving you a stronger metabolism—a powerful weapon against obesity.
Superfoods #7: Apples
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but is this really true? It could be, since apples are a great source of antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins B and C, and generous amounts of fiber. Eating an apple a day can help you feel full and satisfied, which can help support your weight-loss efforts. And, the prebiotic properties help regulate and keep your gut healthy.
Superfood #8: Chia Seeds
These little powerhouses pack a nutritional punch like no other. Not only are they loaded with heart-healthy fats, they provide plenty of fiber, protein, calcium, antioxidants, and even omega-3s! Better yet, because of the bulk they add to foods (like chia pudding, for example), they are excellent for boosting the health and satisfaction values in recipes, helping you feel full longer and, ultimately, helping you lose weight.
Superfood #9: Quinoa
Pronounced “keen-wah,” this is another one of nature’s giants. Possibly our modern-day equivalent to manna, this power food boasts 8 grams of protein per cooked cup. Even better, the protein found in quinoa is a complete protein, so you don’t have to add another source of protein (like beans) to make it complete. Also known as a supergrain, quinoa has twice as much fiber as its grain counterparts.
Superfood #10: Spinach
Want the best of many worlds in one yummy superfood? Try adding spinach to your nutrition plan. This versatile plant can be consumed raw or cooked, as part of the main course or as a side dish, salad, garnish, or even dessert. What? Dessert? Yes! Frozen spinach added to your smoothie gives your treat an ice cream like consistency with its high fiber content and blendable qualities.
Spinach also has almost one gram of protein per cup, along with a ton of high-health supporting vitamins. There’s a reason this iron-filled food was one of Popeye’s mainstays!
If these superfoods staples aren’t on your grocery list, they need to be: stat. Each one of these provides a plethora of nutritional assistance as well as immune-boosting nutrients. You really can’t afford to skip the foods on this list. After all, you are what you eat, and you definitely want to be super, don’t you?