Without your health, they say, you don’t have anything. After all, it’s hard to enjoy family, money, a nice home, vacations, hobbies or creative outlets when you just don’t feel well. The good news? Food is some of the best medicine there is, and we’re here to tell you seven of the best superfoods to shoot for.
Full of Omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is one of the absolute best health foods for women. If you’re pregnant or nursing, they help your baby grow strong and smart. Omega-3s help balance your mood, fight depression, lubricate your joints, ward off cancer and protect against Alzheimer’s disease. They’re also full of Vitamin D, which many women don’t get enough of, and is critical to formation of healthy bones in children and keeping bones strong in adults.
A classic breakfast food and addition to baked goods, oats help you feel and stay full. They also lower cholesterol, put a little fiber in ya and help keep weight off. If you’re looking to boost your health, you can’t go wrong with a bowl of cooked oats in the morning … ideally steel-cut, which contain more fiber than rolled oats.
Beans are always an excellent protein choice, because they contain all the nutrients necessary to start new life … they’re seeds, after all. They are therefore packed with vitamins and minerals that will help keep you young. The protein and fiber will keep you full, and the complex carbohydrates keep blood sugar stable instead of spiking it and causing sugar cravings.
Avocado is one of those superfoods you just can’t help but love, because it’s healthy AND one of the most delicious substances on the entire planet. The monounsaturated fatty acids in avocado can help you shed belly fat, while potassium, magnesium, folate, protein, B6, E and K all help you stay healthy and sharp.
Cranberries are absolutely loaded with cold-killing Vitamin C, extremely low-calorie, and pretty much the winner when it comes to antioxidant load. Antioxidants fight free radicals, which damage the ends of your DNA and lead to disease and aging. If you want to stay young and healthy, you can’t do better than cranberries. That’s especially true when they’re used in a delicious, wholesome blend of other healthy ingredients, such as Cranberry Nutty Crunch Granola.
In addition to antioxidants that protect against disease and keep you young, chocolate also contains health-boosting magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc and phosphorus, all of which contribute to strong bones and help you maintain beautiful skin.
Flax seeds are an age-old food, hailed millennia ago in Europe, Asia and Africa as the superfood we now know it to be. It too can fend off cancer and heart disease, and helps keep you young and vigorous for a long time. It helps balance hormones, which in turn helps women stay cancer-free. Additional benefits include a high level of Omega-3s and fiber. Might we recommend you get it in a delicious formula such as Power Berry Nut Free Granola?
Next time you’re looking for nutritionally dense superfoods that will help you maintain your health as a woman (or as a human, really), these seven should be the first place you turn.