Let’s face it; there are likely some good-for-you superfoods that you don’t find super-tasty. After all, a Brussels-sprout breakfast smoothie isn’t high on everyone’s yum list. Fortunately, there are superfoods that won’t cause your nose to wrinkle, but instead will delight your doctor—and your taste buds:
Kiwis – The fuzzy little Chinese gooseberry may look humble, but it’s actually one of the most nutritionally dense fruits in the world. A single cup has 273% of your RDA of vitamin C, 89% of vitamin K, 11% of folate, 13% of vitamin E, 21% of dietary fiber, and a little bit of almost everything else. It’s packed full of calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, phosphorous, manganese, and potassium. With only 108 calories for a whole cup and a sweet taste to satisfy even the pickiest eater, the kiwi fruit definitely deserves its superfood title. Eat it alone or mix it with Greek yogurt for a protein-packed snack.
Try our Green Tea Kiwi -Berry Smoothie!
Cinnamon – There’s a reason Columbus went sailing around the world for this stuff. Cinnamon not only tastes great, but it has a plethora of other benefits as well. With just 19 calories per tablespoon, cinnamon has natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, plus it may help the body regulate blood sugar levels and could also boost skin’s collagen production (natural Botox, anyone?). Use it as a substitute for sugar in sweet and savory dishes alike, from oatmeal to popcorn, coffee, yogurt, or almost anything else.
Get a dose of cinnamon with our Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal or delicious Cinnamon and Pecan Bread Pudding.
Blueberries – Willy Wonka mishaps aside, blueberries are widely known for a number of superpowers. A good source of fiber at 4 grams per cup (that’s 14% of your RDA), they’re also packed with 24% of the RDA of vitamin C, 2% of vitamin A, 2% of iron, 36% of vitamin K, and a whopping 25% of manganese. Plus, blueberries are known to contain a high level of antioxidants and may inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells. It’s also been suggested that they can help lower blood pressure, boost metabolism, reduce blood sugar, decrease depression symptoms, and even improve memory. Impressed yet?
Have you had our Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes or Blueberry Banana Smoothie?
While these are by no means the only foods offering health benefits, when it comes down to nutrition and taste, they just can’t be beat. Include these in your diet regularly, and you can reap superfood benefits with no wheatgrass shots required.
For more information about superfoods check out our 50 Superfoods Ultimate Shopping List and Superfoods: What to Eat for a Sharper Mind, Better Sleep and Slimmer Body.
About the author: Natural Horizons Wellness Centers is an integrative medicine and wellness practice located in Fairfax, VA. Natural Horizons offers alternative cancer therapy programs to its patients suffering from different types of cancer.
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