7 delicious ways to add superfoods to your dayby Christine Hennessey December 3, 2014 0 comments
Blueberries. Salmon. Broccoli. Walnuts. Sweet potatoes. These common grocery store ingredients are nothing new, but recently they’ve been getting an extra dose of attention. That’s because they’ve each been deemed a “superfood.”
What is a superfood? Well, it depends on whom you ask. Some people think “superfood” is simply a marketing ploy used to sell more Brussels sprouts. Others believe it’s a helpful term that accurately describes nutrient dense foods, which are extra beneficial for your health and well-being. Whether or not the term “superfood” is scientifically correct, the truth is that most of us could use a few more whole grains, fruits, and veggies on our daily menu. If those foods are seen as super thanks to high amounts of vitamins and minerals, even better.
For those of us who practice yoga regularly, a well-balanced and nutritious diet is even more important. Food is the fuel that gives us strength and stamina, helps us recover after an intense power yoga class, and allows us to celebrate the bounty of the earth. Plus, it’s delicious!
If you’re interested in reaping the benefits of these ingredients, here are seven ways to super-size your meals the healthy way. Bon Appétit!
- Start your day with a warm cup of lemon water. It will aid digestion and will raise your citrate levels, which can help prevent kidney stones.
- For breakfast, try oatmeal and blueberries. A half cup of oatmeal, topped with a handful of blueberries, and you’ll be starting your day with not one, but two superfoods. Plus it’s a delicious meal that will keep you full for hours.
- A handful of almonds is a great mid-morning snack. Packed with healthy fats, vitamin E, potassium, and magnesium, almonds will keep you energized until your lunch break.
- Have a fruit smoothie, but make it green. Smoothies are an excellent way to get a lot of fruit at once. Add a handful of spinach or kale for a nutritional boost you won’t even taste.
- Make ahead: quinoa salad with red pepper and cilantro. This tasty recipe won’t leave you feeling sluggish or sleepy. Best of all, you can make a big batch on Sunday and eat it for lunch all week—the flavors are even better the longer it sits!
- Last minute dinner guests? Impress them by whipping up grilled halibut with kale pistachio pesto. You can have this delicious meal on the table in less than 30 minutes, but it’s so delicious and beautiful that your guests will think it took hours.
- Save room for dessert: pomegranate coconut mousse. This decadent dessert will satisfy your need for a sweet yet healthy treat. After such a super day of eating, you’ve earned it!
What’s your favorite way to enjoy superfoods? Let us know in the comments!