16 Super Healthy Foods you can’t afford to ignore

Recent changes in the cost of living have made it so difficult for families to eat super healthy foods as they would love to. It’s even trickier for those living in super urban areas because foods are either too expensive or not available.

Furthermore, most restaurants or eateries today have limited menus of food. Chicken, chips, and rice are one of the most served foods around the world, an evidence of what food is widely available for one to eat as they travel across the world.

It will take a deliberate effort to maintain the discipline to eat healthy regardless and while the above issue is there, knowing some of the healthy foods you can incorporate into your meals might make you realize you have some if not all readily around you.

super healthy foods you cant ignore

These foods have additional nutritional value over other foods – for example, they are very high in fiber, antioxidants or a specific mineral or vitamin.

When we talk super healthy foods, the lists are many and if I try to make selections by categories in the form of grains, vegetables, nuts, fruits and other groups we will take a whole day.

So, lets briefly go through some 16 super healthy foods I believe will have some super cool effects on your diet.

1. Avocados

Super Healthy Food Avocado

Avocado has so many advantages and value that it can bring to your healthy life. Not only is it nutritious, but it contains several vitamins K, C, B, and E inclusive of other minerals that the body needs.

More avocados in your diet mean fewer cholesterols in the body translating to lesser risks of blood pressure or heart-related illnesses.

The antioxidants in avocado also assist the body in fighting any inflammatory tendencies on your skin or oxidative nature of free radicals that could cause cancer in your body.

The fiber compounds in avocado mean better digestion in the gut and hence a healthier life. So, include one of these super healthy foods – avocado in your diet today.

2. Apples:

Super Healthy Food apple

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away.  Apples are rich in several vitamins and minerals that are good for your healthy living.

Eating apples may protect you from illnesses cos of its high antioxidant properties as well as a better neurological health for your body. Apples are almost in every store, and you can get it now from the nearest store, remember to include it in your groceries list.

3. Spinach

Super Healthy Food Spinach

If you do not have spinach as a part of your diet, then you are missing out on some  ‘awesomeness.’ This vegetable is one of the best plants you can include in your diet.

Rich in Vitamin C, K and A and containing several minerals in the form of manganese, calcium, potassium, and others.

Spinach can be useful for cardiovascular ailments, lowering blood pressure and contributing to better bone health.

4. Broccoli

Super Healthy Food brocolli

If you have been looking for that 5-star taste in vegetables, then give broccoli a trial. Broccoli is one of the super healthy foods that taste nutritious and will prove worthy of the time that you will give in eating it.

Being rich in vitamins C and K and a good source of folic acid. Broccoli in your diet may help prevent no blood clotting due to non-functional proteins, faster wound healing with collagens building support for your body and a good source of fiber that promotes digestion and lower cholesterols in your body.

Additionally, this vegetable helps in the functions of your neurological and cardiovascular systems making you healthier.

5. Carrots

Super Healthy Food carrots

Carrots contain vitamins and minerals and they are rich in fiber. The vitamins and minerals could act as antioxidants that may prevent issues that could arise as a result of an oxidative nature of free radicals in the body.

Eating more carrots has been associated with improved vision, it can help you see better in the dark.

6. Cucumber

Super Healthy Food cucumber

Cucumber is one of the super healthy foods I love. Having about 96% of its components being water, eating a cucumber means more water in the body that can aid in the detoxification of your body. It’s also rich in vitamins and several minerals that act as antioxidants to any inflammation in the body.

Cucumber aids to make your body hydrated and you will have better skin if you have cucumber in your diet. Cucumber also helps to enhance your hearts functionality and body strength with some minerals that are present as its component.

7. Eggs

Super Healthy Food eggs

Another super healthy food to include in your diet is whole eggs. Eggs have several benefits associated with vitamin A, B2, B12, B5 and other minerals. It improves the body cholesterol without raising the risk of any heart-related diseases.

Egg contains choline a nutrient that supports the brain. It also contains zeaxanthin and lutein that gives the eye extra protection.

8. Coconuts

Super Healthy Food coconut

This tropical palm fruit has got a spotlight for its amazing goodies. You can enjoy it in many ways, from its oil, milk, water, as well as snacks. It could be challenging to crack the fruit, but it’s also fun when you enjoy the white kernel.

The coconut kernel is rich in fiber and has a tone of fatty acids with several advantages. Coconut in your diet means fewer pathogens because of an antimicrobial component that the fatty acids provide.

It also helps with lowering cholesterols, may prevent Alzheimer and it is a good boost for your digestion and energy.

9. Kefir

Super Healthy Food raw milk

You will enjoy many minerals and vitamins as well as Phosphorus, Vitamins A, vitamin D and calcium in Raw Milk.

Kefir is essential for good health, made from raw milk by being fermented plus it’s got probiotics which can help to promote your guy health and better digestion and improve your immunity.

Kickstart your day with some kefir or raw milk which you can add to your smoothie!

10. Salmon

Super Healthy Food salmon

I cannot begin to express my love for Salmon, like, I pause while eating it to say “thank God for giving us, Salmon”! Its a delicious super healthy food can be eaten any way you want to have it.

Salmons are high in omega -3 fatty acids which can promote brain health, and keep your heart healthy strong and reduce inflammation.

Salmon may also help with the damaging effects of Uv rays and protect your skin from the sun.

11. Green Tea

Super Healthy Food Green tea

Green tea reduces the rate of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) lowering the risk of cardiovascular problems. Its antioxidant content has a protective effect against certain cancers.

It helps with weight loss, in combination with a change in eating habits.

You can consume Green tea hot or cold. For example, have your tea cool down for a “great” refreshing beverage on a home-work trip, or replace coffee with this tea.

12. Blueberries

Super Healthy Food blueberry

Blueberries contain high antioxidant properties. There is ongoing research to confirm their protective effect on the heart, diabetes and neurodegenerative disorders.

Be sure to avoid Blueberries coated with chocolate, sugar or syrup.

13. SEEDS

Super Healthy Food seeds

From Pumpkin seeds to Hemp seeds, chia seeds, and flaxseed, you will enjoy good sources of vitamins and minerals as well. I’ll break them down below

Pumpkin Seeds:

They are a source of phytosterols, omega-3s, and antioxidants that are beneficial to cardiovascular health. They also reduce some symptoms associated with benign prostatic hypertrophy.

Hemp Seeds:

They have excellent protein content and are a source of omega-3 plant, a natural anti-inflammatory.

Chia Seeds:

They are high in fiber and vegetable omega-3 and are an excellent source of calcium and antioxidants.

Flax Seeds:

They are high in fiber and omega-3 plant, and reduce the symptoms of menopause through phytoestrogens.

14. Legumes

Super Healthy Food legume

Legumes are an excellent source of carbohydrates, proteins, fiber, folate, and iron, then several other vitamins and minerals. They can help control blood sugar and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

You can add them to salads, stews, rice, soups, pasta or grill in the oven with light salt seasoning. Use them as a replacement for ground beef.

15. Oats

Super Healthy Food oat

Oat’s soluble fiber content helps reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol, may help prevent colon cancer and normalize intestinal transit and It promotes control of blood glucose level.

16. Kale

Super Healthy Food kale

This list won’t be complete with mentioning kale. It is one of the world’s super healthy foods. Kale is high in water and fiber which helps promote a healthy digestive system and prevents constipation.

It contains B vitamins and Vitamin C that are great for iron consumption. Want a healthy skin, bones, and hair? Add kale to your meal. It’s a good source of Vitamin K.

THINGS TO NOTE:

  • Be careful, some products marketed as “superfoods” are not healthy. To attract customers looking for superfoods, often the product packaging only highlights one aspect of the nutritional value of the product but fails to mention that the product may also be high in sugar or sodium. So read your labels before adding a product to your list.
  • Be sure not to eat any of the foods lists if you are allergic to it and if you experience any symptoms after taking any of these. It is best you stop eating it and consult your doctor.
  • They aren’t an immediate cure for medical issues or ailments however your body will benefit a lot by adding them.

Food supplements are good, but they do not replace eating healthy, they complement what you eat, So feed your body with the suggested super healthy foods above, eat clean and your body will surely thank you for it.

 

Funmi

Funmi is an Integrative Health Coach & A Functional Nutrition Educator. She is passionate about helping busy women discover ways to restore their Energy, Health & Well-being (their families' inclusive)

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