The Top 3 Fruit and Vegetable Superfoods

There are several reasons to add superfoods to your daily eating routine, including a decrease in inflammation. You can also greatly increase certain nutrients to your diet with superfoods that contain multiple sources of vitamins, minerals, and compounds. Once you make the choice to add superfoods, you may be at a loss of what to add to really boost your new diet routine and workout routine. Here are the top six fruit and vegetable superfoods and why you should be adding them to your routine.

Tomato

Tomatoes are used as a cancer-fighting agent in many superfood based recipes. They contain lycopene which helps fight heart disease and have large amounts of Vitamins A, E, and C. In fact, many superfood users resort to using tomato over oranges for their overall benefits. In fact, the combination of the vitamins is what helps fight cancer-causing agents. Tomatoes can be added as a juice, a mixture in soups and sauces, or eaten directly.


Avocado

Avocado is becoming increasingly common in many restaurants and grocery stores as a daily addition to any healthy eating routine. You can find it used in place of mayonnaise on sandwiches, part of sushi recipes, or mixed in smoothies to give them an extra kick. The superfood benefits of avocado are the multiple oils that are found within them. They also contain Vitamin E, folate, and lutein. Avocados can add creamy textures to most foods and can even replace dressings if they are mixed with other components such as olive oil and herbs.


Kale

Kale is a superfood ingredient you likely see in most of the recipes on the market. It is versatile and can be added to most fruit and vegetable smoothies. It is also easy to grow in and outdoors in most climates. You can choose to eat it directly in salads, or even dehydrate kale into chips for a quick on the go snack. The iron level in kale can rival that of most steaks and other meats, making it a primary iron source for vegetarians and vegans.

These top three superfoods are fairly easy to find year-round at most farmer’s markets and whole food stores. You can mix them into smoothies easily and you can juice the majority of them or add them to your juices for a kick.

 

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Superfoods 101: The Benefits, Uses, and Sources

Superfoods are something you see listed on powders, in drinks, and in most health articles across the Internet and through magazines. You may even hear about other people at the gym or in health circles talking about them. What you may not know is what superfoods are, how they can help your weight loss or health journey as well as where to find them easily. Here are a few things that you should know before you jump feet first into the world of superfoods.

Benefits of Superfoods

You may be wondering why you should even consider superfoods and what they can offer you outside of your normal eating routine. The major benefits of superfoods are the fact that they are loaded with more than one vitamin or mineral source. For example, a superfood would have benefits of anti-inflammatory components as well as being full of various vitamins. This means if you have a busy schedule, or you need as much nutrient benefit from food with little calories, then superfoods are ideal. An example of this would be if you were eating five different fruits and vegetables as well as taking supplements to get everything you need in a day. A superfood, or a few superfoods, could replace all of these foods and supplements and give you a more concise diet plan with fewer calories.

Uses of Superfoods

Superfoods can be used for a number of issues. Some of these issues include health issues like memory issues in the late afternoon or weight loss. Other issues may be more detailed like inflammation from working out or physical illnesses. Superfoods are used to cover a wide variety of issues giving you a more concise and natural source of anti-inflammatories, vitamins, and other nutrients that you are likely getting from unhealthy sources or chemical sources. You can use them in protein shakes, bars, and snacks. You can also use them raw, in juicing, or in smoothies. The uses are numerous and only limited by your imagination and your specific supplemental needs.

Sources of Superfoods

One of the misconceptions that many people have about superfoods is that the only source is through overly expensive protein powders and shakes. This seems to be especially true for people who have a hard time finding certain fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year. The truth is, there are a number of sources for your superfoods that do not require raw sources or protein powders. Most superfoods can be found in capsule forms or powder forms that can be mixed into a capsule based on your needs. You can also find infused oils, essential food grade oils, and liquid drops containing superfoods. You are not limited to high-cost powders or to foods that are not in season and hard to find.

These are the basic things you need to know before starting the use of superfoods. These are only three of them. Before you follow a misconception, consider that superfoods are readily available in most forms and can be adapted to your needs with the right research and preparation.

There are a number of books about Superfoods.  I just started reading one recently called Super Immunity.  It is a very interesting and well-written book and the author Joel Fuhrmann, MD goes into detail how superfoods can boost your immunity, help fight cancer and other ailments.

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Why You Should Start a Home Vegetable Garden

Have you ever thought about growing some vegetables of your own in a garden? A lot of people are experimenting with growing their own food because they want to have some of their favorite fruits and veggies hanging around the house. With a small amount of research, you will find that growing your own vegetables isn’t as hard as it looks, and the things you need are relatively inexpensive.

Below are five good reasons why you should start a home vegetable garden:

It’s Great for Your Health

Growing your own vegetables is really great for you. Part of the reason why is that the food that you grow at home isn’t going to be treated with the chemicals that are used to control the decay cycles of the food. Your food will be fully nutritious and fresh because you’ll be likely to have to use a more balanced nutrient-rich soil or hydroponic system to get the garden growing. Those nutrients will be passed to the plants which will be able to deliver their nutrition payload with every bite.

It’s a Relaxing Activity

Have you ever spent any time gardening? Most people feel that gardening is a relaxing activity and that in itself can be great for your health because relaxation helps you to stay healthy as well. As you spend time kneeling over your plants, you can feel a sense of pride that you’ve taken the initiative to foster the process of growth that will lead to some of the tastiest plants you’ve ever had.

The Fresh Fruits and Veggies Taste Better

Have you ever had a piece of fruit from the farmers market? The consensus is that the farmers market fruits and veggies taste better than the ones from the store. That could be for a variety of reasons, not limited to what companies spray on the food, and what they used to feed the plants.

You Know Where They Came From

Recently, it’s come out that many of the plants sold may have different origins than consumers expect. Food that comes from countries that don’t have as many safety regulations could be a serious risk of becoming contaminated at some point during transport. When these foods make it into the population, outbreaks of foodborne illness can break out and spread further.

It Saves Money

Growing your own food saves money. When you can grow your own veggies, you can rest easy knowing that when you run out, there will be another plant waiting for you to pluck it for a freshly seasoned meal.

Do yourself and your family a great service and start planting some really delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables. If you have kids, get them involved with planting and taking care of the plants as they grow. They will love it.

 

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