We hear it all the time how we need to have more “super foods” in our diet but it’s not always that easy to try and find a way to get them into our everyday meals. Often some of the so called super foods are super expensive so a lot of us simply can’t afford to get them put into our diets. They also can be pretty hard to find. But lucky for us, not all super foods are exotic or super expensive, so there’s really no excuse for not putting them in your diet.. There really are a lot of healthy foods out there that are inexpensive, common and easy to find. Here’s a few you might be able to add to your daily diet with ease.
The simple bean, easy to find, usually cheap in price and there are a vast variety to pick from. They are a wonderful source of fiber and they soak up cholesterol. Some favorites are red, black, pinto and kidney beans. All of which can be quickly and easily added to your diet. You can put them in salads, casseroles and chili, just to name a few things you can add them too. Another thing they are full of iron and antioxidants as well.
Blueberries can be found everyone, you can even grow them yourself. They are the one fruit that has more antioxidants than any other fruit we can find in the supermarket. They also have a lot of fiber and both vitamins A and C.
You can add this little fruit easily into your diet, first by just eating them alone or adding them to any dessert you like including ice cream, baked items, smoothies even great tasting jam and fruit salsas.
There’s no doubt that nuts are a great super food that are not only filled with both vitamins and minerals but they also contain protein and omega-3 fatty acids that help lower you bad cholesterol and at the same time help you to maintain a good healthy level of good cholesterol.
It is more than easy to add nuts to your diet, they are everywhere and you can simple just eat them alone or add them to almost anything you can think of. They are great in salads, used in breading for meats, grind them up to use in marinades, put them in your pancakes or waffles, add them to your ceral each morning, add them to bread, top off your smoothie with them, add them to yogurt and the list goes on.
Spinach seems so unassuming when you look at. Doesn’t seem it could offer much but believe it or not it really is helpful for making your muscles work efficiently during a workout. And not only that this little leafy plant has 200% of the daily requirement of vitamin K! Now that’s some powerful little super food.
Spinach is yet another super food that is easy to find and easy to put in whatever you want. It makes for a great salad on it’s own or add it to lettuce and a variety of other vegetables, serve it as a side dish or make a wonderful quiche out of it. If you don’t like the taste of spinach then consider adding it to a fruit smoothie. The fruit will get rid of the spinach taste but you’ll still reap all the benefits.
The red fruit we all tend to think is a vegetable. Yes indeed, it is also a delicious tasting super food that can be eaten alone, added to salads, placed on any sandwich that you can think of. Turn it into a delicious juice or add it to casseroles, make salsas and delicious sauces. It’s filled with antioxidants and it can help lower the chances of developing bladder, lung, skin, stomach and prostrate cancer. It also cuts down on the risk of coronary artery disease. What’s not to love about the tomato?
It takes only one cup of yogurt for us to get 25% of our daily requirements of riboflavin. Yogurt is also filled with antioxidants and helps to get rid of free radicals in our body. There are also very special strains of probiotics, bacteria that helps to keep our digestion regulate and even strengthens our immune system. Yogurt also contains potassium, iodine, zinc, and B5 and B12.
You can eat it all alone, make smoothies, add it to dips, make salad dressing from it, make cheesecakes, add to mac and cheese, baked goods or even consume it frozen as a healthy and great tasting dessert.
It’s the fiber in oats that make it a super food. It is filled with soluble fiber and this is key in decreasing the risk of heart disease. They also slow down the process of releasing carbs that keep you energized all through the day.
Oats also have essential fatty acids that contain amino acids we need and include essential vitamins like thiamin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin E and pantothenic acid. There are a lot of ways that you can include all of this healthy stuff into your diet too. You can simply eat it at breakfast as oatmeal or you can make bread, muffins and cookies with oats and believe it or not you can incorporate those little oats into your favorite smoothie recipe. Oats can also be used in making pie crusts and breading for, chicken, pork and fish.