Power Through with Plant-Based Superfoods
If you are trying to eat a more nutritious, plant-based diet, chances are you’ve heard a lot about superfoods. Defined as a nutrient-rich food, mostly plant-based, or as Merriam-Webster’s states, “that is rich in compounds (such as antioxidants, fiber, or fatty acids) considered beneficial to a person’s health.”
Busy Americans want their foods to multitask like they do, so superfoods seem ideal. However, nutritionists caution that eating a particular superfood or even a handful of types, won’t deliver all you need. Instead, they recommend eating a variety of healthy foods to get all required nutrients. The more varied and colorful our foods are, the healthier for us.
Aim for a colorful selection of healthy fruits, vegetables and nuts for optimum wellness.
Pomegranate: Rich in: vitamin C, fiber, potassium.
Health benefits: weight loss and heart.
Goji berry: Rich in: beta-carotene, iron, complete protein,
iron, zeaxanthin, vitamins C, A and E.
Health benefits: eyes, energy, longevity and brain health.
Raspberry: Rich in: vitamin C and E, lutein, selenium, brain health,
lycopene, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene.
Health benefits: brain health, eyes, cancer fighting
Broccoli: Rich in: vitamin C, fiber, calcium, folate and sulforaphane.
Health benefits: cancer fighting, arthritis, heart,
anti-aging and kidney.
Fava bean: Rich in: vitamin B6, fiber, folate,
potassium, iron and calcium.
Health benefits: heart, prevents birth defects, diabetes,
digestion and cancer fighting
Pistachio: Rich in: complete protein, anthocyanin and prebiotics.
Health benefits: diabetes, heart, cancer fighting and obesity.
Lemon: Rich in: vitamin C, potassium, antioxidants and kidney stones.
Health benefits: anti-inflammatory, weight loss, skin and kidney stones.
Pineapple: Rich in: bromelain, tryptophan, fiber, vitamin C and manganese.
Health benefits: depression/anxiety, digestion, arthritis and immune system.
Mango: Rich in: vitamin A and C, lutein, zeaxanthin and fiber.
Health benefits: digestion, cancer fighting, eyes and diabetes.
Prunes: Rich in: fiber, potassium, vitamin K and magnesium.
Health benefits: digestion, sleep, cancer fighting and diabetes.
Blackberries: Rich in: vitamin C and K, anthocyanins and manganese.
Health benefits: brain health, sleep and bones.
Purple Cauliflower: Rich in: vitamin C, anthocyanin and glucosinolates.
Health benefits: cancer fighting, weight, heart and eyes.