Not all foods are created equal, even when it comes to health foods. There are some foods in this world so powerful and nutrient-dense that they belong in a category all their own. Behold: the superfoods.
In recent years superfood buzzwords, like kale, spirulina, acai, goji and chia, have gained increased attention in the media, but many women are still in the dark when it comes to understanding these superfoods and why we need them. Don’t let the unusual names deter you—these superfoods are all delicious, easy to add to your diet and your body will thank you for it.
Spirulina: If superfoods had a king, spirulina would be it. It is one of the most nutritious and complete food sources in the world. It comes from the algae family and is sold in powdered form, which makes it easy for adding to smoothies or sprinkle over salads. It contains more than 100 nutrients and has 60 percent protein content, more than double that of red meat. Spirulina has a wide range of benefits, but it is especially important for cardiovascular, brain and eye health, as well as supports longevity, immunity and anti-aging.
Acai: This little berry holds more antioxidant power than any other fruit or vegetable on this earth. Antioxidants help prevent disease and protect you against cancer-causing harmful free radicals. Acai will not only boost your energy, improve your skin and strengthen your immune system, but you will absolutely love the taste, which is a mix between wild berries and chocolate. You can find acai juice or frozen acai in your local health food store and it makes a great addition to smoothies, breakfast cereal or oatmeal.
Goji: Goji, an exotic Chinese berry, is another antioxidant powerhouse. Studies have shown that daily consumption of goji berries can strengthen your immune system to help protect you against illness and disease. Goji berries are loaded with nutrients. They contain more Vitamin C per gram than oranges and more beta-carotene than carrots. Just one handful of gojis contain more than your recommended daily dose of Vitamin A, in addition to Vitamin E, zinc, iron and calcium, which are vital for the function and health of your organs. Dried goji berries are a great snack on their own, or delicious additions to trail mix, salads, cereal and oatmeal.