Certain foods get all the glory when it comes to healthy eating - but do you know why these "superfoods" are so super? Here's a breakdown of the secrets behind five superfoods that are excellent additions to any healthy diet.
They're tasty, they're cheap, they're really easy to cook, and as a complete protein, they're absolutely fantastic for your health. Kids, pregnant women, seniors – whatever your stage of life, eggs will help you maintain your health and well-being.
- Eggs are rich in vitamins, provide a great deal of protein and contain high levels of amino acids that are beneficial to people of all ages.
- Eating just two eggs each day will be enough to give you more than 40 percent of your daily Vitamin D requirement.
- Their high protein levels mean that eating eggs will fill you up more than other foods, so starting your day with an egg can help you keep from snacking between meals!
- Eggs are a great addition to any meal, not just breakfast. Get creative!
Cultures that eat lots of fish in their diet are notoriously more healthy than others. And nutritionists will tell you that eating more fish – especially oily fish like salmon – has so many health benefits that it's one of the best additions to your diet.
- The fatty acids in fish, which are known as Omega-3s, help to cleanse and protect your skin, and protect you from many diseases like arthritis, high blood pressure, depression and more.
- Fish oil is extremely good for your heart's health, because it reduces the level of cholesterol-causing fats in your system.
- It's an excellent source of Vitamin D.
Quinoa has been eaten in South America for centuries, but it's only fairly recently that this superfood has become more widely known around the world. It's bursting with good things: vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber. It also boasts a low GI score, and it's very easy to incorporate into your diet - even in baked goods!
- Quinoa is in the same food family as spinach, and, like eggs, is another complete protein.
- It's higher in fiber than most all other grains - between 10 and 16 grams of fiber, per every 100 grams of uncooked quinoa!
- This superfood is so good for you that 2013 was named the International Year of Quinoa by the United Nations.
These little blue fruits are stuffed with antioxidants, which help protect you against disease at any age, but they're especially helpful in defending against age-related problems. Plus, they're really low in calories.
- Eating as little as four ounces of blueberries each day can help new brain cells to grow, slowing down the effects of aging.
- Increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables you eat is good for you anyway, but blueberries are five times as rich in antioxidants as other fruits.
- Chemicals contained in these fruits can fight against some of the causes of wrinkles – so they may even help you look younger!
Dietary specialists have referred to kale as "off the charts" in terms of the nutrients it can provide; there is no other green that comes close.
- Along with those all-important vitamins and plenty of fiber, kale is absolutely brimming with iron, which is vital for keeping your blood healthy.
- Kale can help preserve your eyesight, as it helps protect against macular degeneration, a common condition in older people that damages the back of the eye.
- It's low in calories and is extremely versatile in the kitchen as it can be cooked and eaten raw without losing it's integrity.
Adding superfoods to your diet is a great way to boost your health, lose weight and detox. Try one or all of these in the next couple weeks while eliminating something unhealthy from your diet and see if you can tell a difference in how you look and feel!