Not a day goes by where we don’t hear of the latest and greatest health foods (think goji berries, chia seeds, kombucha, etc.) and it might make us look in our own cupboards and groan with the thought of another $150 trip to Whole Foods.
Today though, I’m not going to tell you about the newest superfood – I’m going to tell you about the old school superfoods. They aren’t really fancy, they aren’t really new, but they are superfoods, and you should be consuming them!
Green tea is a centuries-old superfood and for good reason! The catechins found in green tea can help to prevent cancers and heart disease, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and also increases your caloric burn. It is best to have at least 2 cups to receive the benefits, so sip it in the morning or afternoon!
Flaxseed might just be having a comeback, I saw tons of flax and flax products at Expo West this year. It is full of protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. The flaxseed must be ground to reap the benefits so make sure you are buying it already ground or grinding it yourself. Throw it on cereal, yogurt, into smoothies or baked goods.
Eggs are loaded with nutrients, but please, eat the whole egg! The choline found in eggs helps regulates brain, nervous and cardiovascular systems and is also full of lutein and zeaxanthin which are beneficial for eye health. They are also one of the only foods that naturally contains Vitamin D. The high protein content is just an added bonus.
Garlic has been touted for years as a natural antibiotic but it also protects against certain cancers (breast, prostate and colon) and can even help lower cholesterol levels. Add roasted, sauteed and raw garlic into everything.
Blueberries contain one of the highest levels of antioxidants found in fruits or vegetables. They are also full of Vitamin C and fiber while being very low in calories – 80 calories per cup. Serve over cereal, in smoothies, on salads or by the handful.
Do you regularly eat these superfoods? How?