Superfoods to the Rescue!

by Janel DuRoss

Superfoods are specific foods that provide a powerhouse of nutrients to your body. When you are pressed for time and in need of something healthy to eat that will provide you with optimal energy and nourishment, you’ll want to consider adding superfoods to your grocery list as not all vegetables and fruits are created equal.

Blueberries: Their rich color is a byproduct of flavonoids, they protect the brain and memory function, and they’re loaded with amazing antioxidants that can lower blood pressure, ignite your metabolism and protect you from premature aging. Add them to your favorite smoothie!

Strawberries: They’re packed full of antioxidants, Vitamin C and phytochemicals, which suppress cancer cell growth, fight bad cholesterol, and reduce inflammation.
Strawberries are an awesome snack by themselves!

Spinach: This leafy green is an excellent source of Vitamins A, B2, C and K, minerals and phytonutrients, and flavonoids, which help in gastrointestinal and brain health. Spinach is also a warrior against cancer and can reduce inflammation. Make the base of your next fresh salad organic spinach.

Turmeric: This unassuming yellow spice, commonly used in Indian cuisine, is quite savvy in with its natural anti-inflammatory compound to curb heartburn, maintain body weight, prevent liver disease and boost immunity. Use the powder form to make a hot or cold tea; just add raw honey to lightly sweeten.

Ginger: This root is a helpful remedy for motion sickness, and it helps with cold and flu prevention and assists in digestion. Ginger is a very potent anti-inflammatory spice, powerful pain killer and strengthens immunity. Though some people prefer to use it in cooking, ginger also makes a great hot tea.

Kale: The most nutrient dense food, kale is a powerhouse of antioxidants and flavonoids to help lower cholesterol, reduce heart disease and protect eyesight. For a side dish, lightly sauté kale with with organic coconut oil, delicately season with salt and pepper, and you’re good to go!

Cucumbers: Even though cucumbers are mild in flavor with a high water content, they are packed with nutrients! Cucumbers are rich in Vitamin B5, C, K, potassium, magnesium, silica and fiber, which helps your body eliminate toxins. Aside from adding fresh organic cucumbers to salad, when stored in the fridge, they can relieve sunburn and puffy eyes.

Avocados: These creamy berries are a big winner, since they are a rich source of monounsaturated fat, which your body can quickly burn for energy. Providing around 20 essential health-promoting nutrients of Vitamin B, E, potassium and folic acid, avocados also protect your liver, reduce excess cholesterol, and reduce excess snacking. Slice open and squeeze fresh lemon juice over an avocado for a quick healthy snack.

Experiment on your own, see what you like, and try some of these superfoods if you haven’t already; your body and mind will thank you for it! You’ll attain the focus, clarity and energy to do more by fueling your body with superfood nourishment.

Janel teaches yoga, meditation, thai bodywork and related movement workshops in NJ and NYC. To learn more about her, visit her website.

(Photo by cyclonebill)