Super Foods for a Super You

February 26, 2013

Superfoods || The Average Girl's Guide If there’s one thing that’s true, it’s that not all calories are created equal. A snickers bar and an avocado are probably close in calories and fat, for example, but they’re miles away in health-factor. And, I’d argue to say the avocado tastes better (sooo good). The term superfood is a little over-used lately, but perhaps with good reason. Certain foods can be powerful health aides and possibly minimize needed meds. A win in my book.

Blueberries: Packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, these berries are also high in potassium and vitamin C. Not only can they lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, they are also anti-inflammatory that is beloved by a number of doctors and nutritionists.

Nuts, including almonds and walnuts: Easy to snack on or pack when heading out (just keep portions in check), nuts are loaded with healthy fats and offer a huge array of health benefits.  Walnuts are one nut that may be great for lowering cholesterol, fighting cancer and improving your memory.

Beans and lentils: Beans and lentils, or legumes, are hugely healthy. They are an excellent source of protein and fiber (ideal for vegetarians or anyone with limited meat intake), which may help lower cholesterol levels while possibly reducing the risk of cancers.

Tea, green or black: drinking one cup each day is not only great to keep hunger at bay (and therefore help weight loss); it’s known to help fight cancer cells and battle against strokes.

Kale: This superfood has powerful antioxidant qualities. It contains high amounts of phyto-chemicals that may help in preventing macular degeneration and cataracts, and may help prevent cancer, including breast cancer. One way to intake? Our inhale-enducing kale chips (so, so good!).

H2o: We all know it’s ideal to get in eight glasses of water every day; it cleanses and purifies you inside and out. It might help maintain healthy weight, minimizes constipation and keeps your skin looking lovely. Love to add fresh lime to mix it up.

Kind bars: I often opt for “nut delight” or the “fruit and nut delight” when I’m on the go and don’t even have a second to clean fruit or prep something; these bars are all-natural, gluten-free bars with ingredients you can actually pronounce. These are my go-to bars, and Feel Fit Feb. partners, Vahni and Erika, have shared the same. So good. The dark chocolate + sea salt, or dark chocolate and peanut butter are perf when seeking a sweet afternoon treat. Mmm.

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  • Grace - Stripes & Sequins

    Mmmm… kale. I love it.

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