As you may, or may not know, superfoods are nutrient-rich foods that are considered to be beneficial for health and well-being and help you fight off disease and feel more energetic. Some foods that have garnered the “superfood” label include salmon, kale, brussels sprouts, acai juice, apples, eggs and much more.
According to Despina Hyde, a dietician at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, superfoods do not have their own food group and the word “superfood” is more of a marketing term for foods that have great health benefits. Despina also notes that consuming foods that are packed with nutrients (as many so-called superfoods are) is certainly a good idea but the key to a healthy diet will always be to consume a variety of nutrient-rich foods and in the right quantity.
With that said, let’s dive straight in and learn more about the benefits of superfoods we have on offer this month:
Goji Berries – Packed With More Iron Than Ironman
Goji berries form part of the plant family which also includes other fruits and veggies like potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants and chili peppers and date back to the early days of traditional Chinese medicine from 2000 years ago. They are low in calories, fat-free and are an excellent source of antioxidants.
For these reasons A-list celebrities such as Madonna and Miranda Kerr cannot stop raving about these delicious fruits.
Top Goji Berries Benefits
1: High Levels of Antioxidants and Nutrients
2: Promote Healthy Skin
3: Keep Your Energy and Mood Up
Raw Almonds – Protein Filled To Smash Your Day
Despite being high in fat, this very popular tree nut is extremely healthy and nutritious. These nuts consist of 49.9% fat, 21.6% carbs and 21.2% protein with an average-sized nut containing seven calories.
Top Raw Almonds Benefits
1: Help Prevent Heart Disease and Heart Attacks
2: Help Control Blood Sugar Levels and Prevent Diabetes
3: Help Maintain Dental and Bone Health
Cranberries – Gives You Stamina To Keep Up With A Fast Paced Day
Here’s a fun fact about Cranberries; they are among the fruits and vegetables richest in health-promoting antioxidants, which protect our cells from free-radical damage. These berries, native to North America, are farmed today on approximately 40,000 acres across the northern United States and Canada.
Some familiar cranberry recipes that are also pleasing to the taste buds include Cranberry & Pear Salad, Cranberry Muesli and Cranberry Pancakes.
Top Cranberries Benefits
1: Prevents and Treats Urinary Tract Infections
2: Decreases Inflammation
3: Improves Immune Function
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