The Top 7 Superfoods to Incorporate Into Your Weekly Diet (Number 4 is Probably Already in Your Fridge!)
By Katherine Stevens
For Tennessee Fitness Spa
So, let’s talk: what are superfoods and why should you incorporate them into your weekly diet?
Superfoods sound like incredible one-stop-shop foods off which you can solely survive because of how nutritious they are (and that probably taste like grass). This is not at all the case, however – superfoods are simply nutrient-dense foods that help to enrich your diet. Incorporating superfoods into your diet can help lower your risk of health conditions, like heart disease and chronic illnesses, and can also leave you feeling energized and ready to tackle the day.
And the best part? Most superfoods don’t taste like grass. In fact, some of them might already be hiding in your pantry (in which case, you get to pat yourself on the back for a job well done at the grocery store).
Besides being nutrient-dense and tasty, there are plenty of other benefits to incorporating superfoods into your diet, including helping to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle, as well as the fact that most of these superfoods are super affordable!
So, let’s get started with the top 7 superfoods you should be incorporating into your weekly diet.
1. Dark, Leafy Greens such as Kale, Turnip Greens, and Spinach
I know, I know, but let’s just go ahead and get kale out of the way. It’s in every health-food store for a reason – dark leafy greens are full of nutrients like zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, and fiber. They’re also great for heart health and chronic illnesses!
2. Sweet Potatoes
That’s right! Sweet potatoes can confidently call themselves a superfood. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of antioxidants, as well as vitamins like fiber, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
Cranberries are an undercover superfood, and an underrated flavor, in my opinion. Not only are they great for gut health, but they’re also full of antioxidants and vitamins C, E, and K. You can eat them as a snack all on their own, or you can throw them into your next trail mix to take with you on a hike!
This one may not only surprise you but also is probably one that you already have in your pantry. You probably knew that eggs are healthy and a great source of protein, but did you know that they’re also full of antioxidants, iron, phosphorus, and vitamins A and B? Even more reason to start your day with a plate full of scrambled eggs!
This superfood isn’t as much a food as it is a spice – but that doesn’t stop it from packing a punch when it comes to nutrients. Using turmeric to spice up your dinner could help reduce inflammation, as well as lower the risk of some chronic illnesses.
This one shouldn’t come as a surprise. Nuts are a fantastic source of protein and fiber, and with such a variety, it gives you a range of options for your afternoon snack. Nuts, such as almonds, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts, in particular, are a great source of fiber, in addition to delivering healthy fats into your diet. Eating nuts can help reduce your risk of heart disease, as well as provide anti-inflammatory properties.
7. Dark Chocolate
And last, but certainly not least, we have dark chocolate. It seems almost too good to be true, doesn’t it? However, dark chocolate (specifically the cacao in dark chocolate, so the higher the cacao percentage the better) is a great source of antioxidants. These antioxidants can play a great role in heart health and even cancer prevention! Plus, dark chocolate has the extra benefit of just being plain delicious.
All of these superfoods can help lead to a healthier lifestyle, but even “super” foods aren’t all you need. You also need to lead an active lifestyle. As the second month of the year winds down, New Year’s resolutions may have wound down as well. What better way to jumpstart your active lifestyle than with…a vacation?
You read that right! A healthy vacation. Tennessee Fitness Spa is an ideal place to launch your healthy habits in 2022. Tennessee Fitness Spa is an adult fitness camp located in the beautiful Tennessee hills in Waynesboro, about 95 miles from Nashville. It’s the perfect place to plan a healthy vacation for yourself, your family, or even a girlfriend getaway!
Overall, incorporating these foods into your daily diet can have massive benefits for your overall well-being, including more energy, a healthier heart and immune system, and so much more. When paired with an active lifestyle, you’re well on your way to feeling like your best self.
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