With summer here, we not only want to look our best, but also feel our best. Here's a list of 7 superfoods that will complement your journey toward a healthier lifestyle.
Green tea - Starting off the list with the perfect morning beverage: green tea. With a pinch of caffeine, green tea contains several antioxidants that reduce inflammation. For an extra dose of antioxidants, try matcha for almost 3x the antioxidants of regular green tea.
Dark green leafy vegetables (DGLV) - This category includes vegetables like kale, swiss chard, collard greens, and spinach. DGLV also have anti-inflammatory compounds that help protect against some cancers. They contain an abundance of nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, calcium, iron, and magnesium, that reduce the risk of chronic illnesses like heart disease and Type II diabetes.
Eggs - Eggs are a great source of inexpensive, high-quality protein. They include unique antioxidants, such as zeaxanthin and lutein, which are promoters of eye health. Although it is rumored that eating too many eggs is bad for you, eating 3 eggs a day is completely safe. They increase “good” HDL cholesterol that reduces the risk of heart disease.
Berries - Berries, including raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and cranberries, are packed with antioxidants and nutrients that can lead to the prevention of some cancers and heart disease. In other good news, berries help improve digestion with their high fiber content and fight inflammation. Blueberries, in particular, might protect against Alzheimer’s.
Avocados - Great news for all you avocado toast lovers! Avocados are a great source of fiber, several nutrients and minerals, as well as healthy fats. They contain monounsaturated fats, which lead to reduced inflammation.
Nuts and Seeds - Despite being calorie-dense, nuts and seeds are often linked to weight loss when incorporated into a balanced diet. They are rich in fiber, plant protein, and healthy fats. This list of heart disease-fighting nuts and seeds include walnuts, almonds, pecans, brazil nuts, sesame seeds, and quinoa, to name a few.
Garlic - Who else can agree that adding garlic to anything makes it more delicious? With its antibacterial and antiviral properties, garlic has a history of combating sickness. It also contains manganese, vitamin C, vitamin B6, selenium, and fiber, making it a nutrient-rich ingredient. Its ability to reduce cholesterol levels may lower the risk of heart disease.
This is just a brief list of amazing foods to add to your meals to feel at your best!