Well kids, your mom was right. As it turns out, you do have to eat your veggies. You know they are “good for you,” but do you really know why? The foods below made our top ten list because not only are they delicious, but the function that they serve within our bodies is truly amazing. Here’s a few of our favorite superfoods and why we get excited to eat them.
Kale: This leafy green is packed with Vitamins A, B2, B7, B9 and C, and can help protect your body’s cells from free radicals by acting as a powerful antioxidant.
Spinach: Popeye was on to something here. These little leaves can help with red blood cell production, DNA and RNA synthesis, and assisting your body with producing energy from your food.
Lemons: When life gives you lemons…well, get excited. Lemons are rich in Vitamin C, which can assist in cholesterol metabolism and developing collagen, an important structural protein in your body.
Oranges: Citrus fruits are rich in phytochemicals called flavonoids, which promote protective enzymes in the body and act as a natural disinfectant against organisms that cause disease.
Strawberries: Weighing in at only 50 calories per cup, strawberries are full of Vitamin C, B5, B7, and phosphorus, a mineral that is required by every cell in the body for normal function. Isn’t that berry good news?
Cacao: This kind of chocolate is good for your body and your soul. Cacao powder is rich in copper, which plays a critical role in scavenging free-radicals that cause disease and inflammation in the body.
Goji berries: Like other berries, these tiny super-fruits are full of antioxidants and a pigment called beta-carotene, which can lead to healthy, glowing skin. They also have immune-boosting properties, courtesy of Vitamin C.
Ginger: You might have a childhood memory of drinking ginger ale when you had a tummy ache, and here’s why. Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and can help reduce the feeling of nausea. Looks like mom was right once again.
Turmeric: This tasty spice is a beautiful golden color, and it is common in curry dishes. The active ingredient called curcumin can help reduce inflammation in the body, similar to the function of ibuprofen or aspirin.
Cashews: We are nuts about cashews! Not only are they delicious, cashews are rich in iron, which can increase red blood cell formation and blood vessel growth, a great snack option for those with anemia, or iron deficiency.
As usual, we are here to make your life a little easier. To get your daily dose of these superfoods, stop into the store and try our Berry Good smoothie or Sweet Potato and Kale salad. See you there!
Disclaimer: The purpose of this blog is to provide general wellness and prevention information. This is not a substitute for medical nutrition therapy or clinical advice. Please consult a doctor or registered dietitian for individual needs.