Superfoods Already In Your Kitchen

Add These Nutrient-Dense Ingredients to Every Meal

Before you shell out $15 for a pound of trendy Goji berries, take inventory of your own stock. The definition of a superfood is a nutrient-rich food that is especially beneficial for health and well-being. You probably have many superfoods sitting in your own pantry right now. A sprinkle of green Maca powder in your smoothie probably won’t produce any life-changing benefits. What will positively impact your health is if you incorporate multiple items from this list into your diet. No Whole Foods splurge necessary. 

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1. Sweet Potato 

These orange colored spuds contain tons of vitamin A and fiber. Vitamin A is known to boost the immune system and support healthy vision. Some sources say it can even improve your mood. So the next time you feel a cold coming on, choose sweet potato soup instead of chicken noodle. 

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Awesome Recipes to Try:

  • Thai Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup from The Wanderlust Kitchen

    Superfoods Already In Your Kitchen; sweet potato soup

    Source: The Wanderlust Kitchen

  • Our very own Sweet Potato Toast shown in the video below

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2. Lentils

Lentils contain beneficial nutrients including lean protein, fiber, iron, calcium and vitamin K. We don’t often hear about vitamin K but it contributes to bone health and wound healing. If you knick yourself shaving or take a fall, load up on some lentils.

 

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3. Salmon 

One 4-ounce serving of salmon has more than your daily recommended value of B12 and vitamin D. B12 gives you energy and helps with digestion. Those who are deficient in B12 can suffer from stress, fatigue and depression. So stay out of the sun and eat salmon instead. The fish also contains omega-3 fatty acids and biotin. Biotin helps promote strong hair and nails.

 

Awesome Recipes to Try:

  • Salmon with Brown Sugar Glaze from All Recipes (easiest recipe ever!)

    Superfoods Already In Your Kitchen; salmon

    Source: All Recipes

  • A lox bagel with cream cheese

    Superfoods Already In Your Kitchen; salmon bagel

    Source: NY Times

 

4. Green Tea

Green tea contains catechins polyphenols which act as powerful antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants is a word that is easily tossed around. The body produces its own but extra antioxidants are beneficial to fight free radicals that enter the body through the air. Free radicals can cause disease and aging skin.

 

Awesome Recipes to Try:

  • Hot green tea with lemon or mint in the a.m.

    Superfoods Already In Your Kitchen; green tea

    Source: Eat Green Tea

  • Coconut Matcha Green Tea Smoothie from Candice Kumai

    Superfoods Already In Your Kitchen; green tea smoothie

    Source: Candice Kumai

 

5. Quinoa

Quinoa is one of the few plants considered a complete protein since it contains all 9 essential amino acids. Quinoa also has magnesium, protein, fiber and calcium. Magnesium is a mineral that we often don’t get enough of. It promotes heart health, helps with digestion and calms nerves. Sources say it can even prevent migraines!

 

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6. Eggs 

Eggs are a staple item in any household. They have a good reputation because they’re cheap, delicious and full of protein. Eggs also have a good amount of riboflaxin, vitamin B12 and phosphorus. Phosphorus helps to maintain healthy bones and teeth. It’s hard to decide whether they are best at breakfast, lunch or dinner.

 

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