5 real superfoods + 3 that are all hype
Let’s talk superfoods—it’s a term we’ve been hearing more and more as we start to become smarter about our food choices. But, are all superfoods really created equal?
We’re sharing a list of foods that are the real deal and three that don’t live up to the hype. You may be surprised to find which foods are really superfood worthy, and which we may just want to stay away from.
Want in? Read on.
5 Superfoods That Are The Real Deal
Turmeric is truly one of nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatory spices, earning its superfood title. It’s also been found to boost the antioxidant capacity in the body (helping ward off free radicals), and may even boost brain function!
So, go ahead and sprinkle some of this highly nutritious spice into your recipes or give this Golden Chickpea Stew a try for a done-for-you meal.
Here’s another one of nature’s finest delights. Blueberries are a goldmine of nutrients, packing in antioxidants and fiber. Try adding them to your smoothie or sprinkle some over your morning bowl of oats.
#3 Raw Cacao
Need another reason to enjoy chocolate? We have one for you—raw cacao (like cacao nibs) happens to be a wonderful source of antioxidants, calcium, and magnesium, making it a balanced superfood. Enjoy this nutrient powerhouse with a spoonful of almond butter for dessert without the guilt!
Full of gut-boosting probiotics, kimchi really does live up to all the hype. Supporting the gut is a super important part of boosting overall health, so adding fermented foods like kimchi to your diet is a great way to show your digestive health some love.
One of our favorite greens, broccoli is a superfood we all could benefit from enjoying more of. From its calcium content to all the antioxidants it brings to the table, adding broccoli to your diet is always a good idea!
3 Superfoods That Are All Hype
#1 Gluten-Free Flour Blends
While gluten sensitivities certainly seem to be on the rise, it doesn’t mean that all things gluten-free are healthy. Unfortunately, many brands are being marketed as superfood-worthy when that just isn’t the case.
Take, for example, gluten-free flour blends. While some may be fine, others may contain added sugar and even binding agents that may cause digestive upset.
This is one of those “superfoods” that really is just all hype. If you’re looking for a gluten-free flour option, be sure to check the ingredient list to stay away from blends with sugar and additives, and opt for almond or coconut flour when possible.
#2 Condiments With Added Veggies
Have you seen those condiments that come with added veggies? While many of these products contain vegetable powders, these powders don’t live up to the hype nearly as much as eating the real thing.
So, save your money and eat real veggies instead.
#3 Veggie Muffins
Chances are, you’ve seen those vegetable muffins in the freezer aisle at your local grocery store. Most of these are made with eggs and contain added ingredients like bacon and cheese. They are far from plant-based, and the veggie content is generally quite low compared to all the added ingredients.
So, if you’re looking for an easy nutritious breakfast option to grab on the go, consider making some overnight oats topped with flaxseeds, blueberries, and raw cacao for a real superfood dish.
Be Superfood Savvy
The term superfood is thrown around all the time in the health and wellness field. And, many of these foods are super expensive. So, get superfood savvy and stick to the ones that really do live up to the hype. Not only will you save yourself some cash, but you’ll nourish your body with the foods that truly pack in a nutritional punch.