Without the right tools, eating healthy can be a challenge. At the end of an arduous day, the last thing on your mind is often getting adequate nutrition. If you’re a person who privileges convenience over healthy eating, I’ve got some fantastic news for you: superfoods make eating well inexpensive and simple.
I don’t claim to be a domestic goddess! However, I’ve done some research and have come across several tips that will help you choose wisely during your next grocery shop. The key to healthy eating? Superfoods. These additions to my diet have been a game-changer and have given my life (and my health) balance.
So how did I make the transition to “clean eating?” Read on to discover delicious foods full of essential vitamins, minerals, and beneficial fatty acids.
Quinoa – Your New Favorite Carbohydrate
Quinoa is gaining traction as an option that’s both gluten-free and high in protein. An ancient grain, this delicious superfood can be ground into flour for pasta, utilized in all sorts of baking, and thrown into salads. It’s incredibly versatile and fairly inexpensive.
As a senior, it’s crucial that you get enough protein, and quinoa is a great source of it! The broadleaf plant has sustained native people in South American cultures for generations. Before you buy, do your research. Some argue that quinoa isn’t necessarily sustainable. Still, it packs a nutritional punch that cannot be denied.
Blueberries – A Healthy Multi-Tasker
Where do I even begin? Blueberries are quite possibly the hardest working fruit on the market:
- First, they help fight cancer. The anthocyanins in blueberries fight off free radicals and can even block the growth of new tumor cells!
- Blueberries act as a bladder stabilizer, helping to prevent bacteria and urinary tract infections.
- Finally, the superfruits aid in the prevention of memory loss! If you have a family history of Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia, or just want to be as sharp as possible, consider adding blueberries to your diet! Throw them into your cereal at breakfast or sneak them into a sweet treat like frozen yogurt!
After researchers concluded their groundbreaking study at The New England Journal of Medicine, the Mediterranean Diet received tons of positive press. While conducting testing, scientists found that diets high in olive oil, nuts, vegetables, and fish decreased episodes of cardiovascular distress. The Mediterranean Diet, often referred to as the “Olive Oil Diet” consists of lots of lean protein, salad, goat cheese, Greek yogurt, nuts, and…
It seems counterintuitive thanks to its high fat content, but extra virgin olive oil is a wonderful addition to your diet. Mayo Clinic reports that the monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) contained in olive oil help lower cholesterol and assist in the normalization of blood clotting. Plus, MUFAs also help to regulate blood sugar. You can find it in any grocery store, and it can often be used as a replacement for butter and other cooking oils. Please do some research to make sure that the extra-virgin olive oil you are purchasing is just what it says it is – there have been many counterfeits.
Take Control of Your Health, Enjoy a Bountiful Life
If you’re hesitant about starting a superfood-rich diet yourself, consider consulting a nutritionist who can help you sort through your best options. As always, do consult your physician before making any dietary changes.
Make yourself and your health a priority. If you’re hesitant to commit to some of the superfoods on the list, try starting small; pick just one new food and implement it into your diet. Your health and taste buds will be glad that you did!
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