6 Superfoods To Add Your Diet

Every article you read these days seems to be about ‘Superfoods’. You would assume that to be labeled a SUPER food it should be pretty powerful! We’ve all read claims by the “experts” offering you the best new superfood to help you ward off cancer, lose weight or detoxify.

In truth, there are many powerful foods available that have beneficial properties. Many have proven benefits and some are even backed by scientific studies.

These 6 Superfoods have phenomenal health and are easy to integrate into your diet:

Coconut Oil ~ Studies show that absorbing coconut oil can help our bodies mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria that can cause illness. Even more, it also can help to fight off yeast, fungus and candida.

Coconut oil positively affects our hormones for thyroid and blood-sugar control. People consuming coconut oil tend to have improvements in how they handle blood sugar since coconut can help improve insulin use within the body. Coconut oil is known to boost thyroid function helping to increase metabolism, energy, and endurance. It plays a role in increasing digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.
Coconut oil stays solid when cold, gets softer at room temperature and becomes liquid when heated. You can use coconut oil instead of olive oil or butter for cooking, and you will also find numerous recipes online that call for coconut oil for healthy treats.

Chia Seeds ~ Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds (unlike flaxseeds). One ounce (about 2 tablespoons) contains 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber, plus vitamins and minerals.
The mild, nutty flavor of chia seeds makes them easy to add to foods and beverages. They are most often sprinkled on cereal, sauces, vegetables, rice dishes, or yogurt or mixed into drinks and baked goods. They can also be mixed with water, or freshly juiced fruits and vegetables, and made into a gel. Here are 10 great uses for Chia seeds from Wellness Mama.

Eggs ~ A fairly new claim as a “superfood”, eggs have made the cut! Researchers have discovered that, as well as being low in calories, eggs are a rich source of protein and are packed with nutrients thought essential to good health, particularly vitamin D, vitamin B12, selenium and choline.
Among protein foods, eggs contain the richest mix of essential amino acids – essential for every metabolic process including transport and storage of nutrients.

Avocado ~ Don’t be afraid of an avocado because you think it’s fattening! Avocado is a delicious, creamy superfood that’s simply too health-boosting to skip. The list of healthy fats and nutrients found in avocados is long– oleic acid, lutein, folate, vitamin E, monounsaturated fats and glutathione among them – can help protect your body from heart disease, cancer, degenerative eye and brain diseases.

Avocados taste great and are easily integrated into any meal – even a fruit smoothie. Add a half an avocado to smoothies to add creamy texture and a powerful nutritional boost, or enjoy an avocado half as a nutritious “side” to your morning omelet instead of potatoes or toast. Add some avocado to salad, a little S&P and a spoon. You don’t need to add much to enjoy this one!

Quinoa~ Forget meat or protein shakes; quinoa contains more protein than any other grain. It is derived from the seed of a plant that is related to spinach.

Quinoa’s secret is that it contains an amino acid called lysine, which is lacking in most grains, and lysine makes quinoa a complete protein. In addition to the protein you’ll receive, you’ll also get your daily dose of vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, potassium, and riboflavin. Furthermore, quinoa is a great source of copper, zinc, magnesium, and folate.

Red wine ~ The absolute best superfood of all….(to consume anyway:) Moderate amounts of wine may have several heart healthy benefits including:
Researchers have found that moderate alcohol consumption can protect against heart disease. Drinking up to 30 grams of alcohol a day, the equivalent of one large glass of red wine, reduced the risk of heart disease by half. I’ll drink to that!