There is no single food, not even a superfood, that can offer ALL the nutrition, health and energy benefits we need to properly nourish our bodies. With so much information on what to and not to eat, things can get so confusing on what is good, better and what is best to put into our bodies. I always opt for balance because a strong dietary foundation begins with healthy carbs, fats, and proteins. But what if we could take that foundation and make it a little stronger? Say hello to this nutrition coach’s secret weapon, superfoods!
WHAT ARE SUPERFOODS & WHAT DO THEY DO?
Similar in characteristics, these nutrient powerhouses namely provide large amounts of antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals. Research studies, both old and new, have provided a greater understanding and knowledge of superfoods and their powerful properties when added into a healthy dietary regimen. With what seems to be an endless list of benefits, it is no wonder these have been labeled as SUPER:
- Improvements in overall health
- Boosting the immune system
- Cancer prevention
- Reduced inflammation
- Increase in serotonin production
- Greater internal efficiency and function, including GI function
- Lowering of cholesterol
- Improved metabolic function
- Improvements in heart health and reduced risk of heart disease
- Weight loss
- Diabetes prevention
- Improvements in osteoporosis
- Increase in energy levels
- Reduced signs of aging
- Cardiovascular disease prevention
- Removal of and protection from harmful toxins
With the list of superfoods and their benefits constantly growing, building a balanced and well-managed diet using these is much easier than you may realize. Defending your personal health doesn’t require unnecessary and drastic dietary changes, instead, the adoption of appropriate eating patterns and incorporation of these superfoods will set you up for long-term health changes you can see and more importantly, feel.
At Balanced Body Foods, we take so much pride in our ingredients and meal production, giving every ounce of thought and consideration to the creation of our menu selection. What goes into our client’s meals matters to us, and we stand behind high-quality choices that not only taste good but make you feel good too. Check out some of our favorite superfoods that we include in our meals:
- Goji Berries
High in fibers and packed with natural sweetness, berries are rich in antioxidants and disease-fighting nutrients. You’ll find blueberries in our Not Your Momma’s Breakfast Sandwich, packing some awesome health benefits like cerebral function, prevention of various cancers, fight infection of the urinary tract, and help with constipation.
Nuts & Seeds
Great for fighting inflammation, improving heart health, and managing weight – – – nuts and seeds may be small but they sure are mighty! With such an abundant variety to choose from, you will enjoy vitamin Bs and Es, omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, fiber, magnesium, and phosphorous (depending which nuts/seeds you opt for). Check out our Coconut Water Pomegranate Power Pudding for a dessert supercharged with chia seeds.
It may seem a little odd seeing a fish on a list of fruits and vegetables, but salmon is extremely rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and selenium. Introducing salmon into your diet can decrease blood pressure, reduce inflammation, increase mood, all while preventing cell damage. Salmon can also benefit hair, skin, nails, and bones! Give our yummy Pesto Salmon a try the next time you see it on the menu.
Did you know sweet potato flesh can vary in color from white to orange to even purple? This superfood is an excellent source of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and potassium. These nutrients not only help prevent heart attacks, they boost the immune system and improve vision. Enjoy a side of our healthy version of sweet potato fries in our Backyard Grilled Chicken.
Interested in learning more about superfoods and how our nutrition program, Balanced Habits, can incorporate them into your daily dietary routine? Contact our in-house nutrition coach, (hey that’s me), or visit one of our storefronts today on Hertel Avenue or Transit Road.
Aubree “Aubs” Shofner
Fitness & Nutrition Professional
PN1 Certified Nutrition Coach