5 Superfoods That Need To Be In Your Diet

flygyalBy Samantha Yu

It’s a brand new year and we’re taking our “New Year New You” resolution very seriously. Of course, WE THINK YOU’RE FLY! But we also know that there are always little things we can do to lead healthier, fuller, and tastier lives. So we’re taking notes from both Gwyn and Dr. Frank Lipman and jumping aboard the Superfoods express train. Superfoods are naturally perfect in that they support the body’s health, growth and maintenance.Lipman’s top 9 are: leafy greens, cruciferous veggies, avocado, blueberries, beans, walnuts, wild salmon, chocolate, and chia seeds. We’ve picked our five faves and found some brilliant recipes to match. 2013 is going to be about all the right foods in all the right ways!

“The healthy fats and nutrients found in avocados – oleic acid, lutein, folate, vitamin E, monounsaturated fats and glutathione among them – can help protect bodies from heart disease, cancer, degenerative eye and brain diseases.” Scoop a single avocado up solo for a quick snack, or try our favorite Sushi Bowl Recipe from 101cookbooks.com.

Blueberries “have the power to help prevent serious diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stomach ulcers and high blood pressure. They also help tame inflammation throughout the body and can reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol.” Skip cake and have blueberries for dessert or stick them in a blender to make Twopeasandtheirpod.com’s Blueberry Mango Smoothie.

Walnuts pack in the power. A small handful will “deliver a healthy dose of omega-3’s, alpha-linolenic acid, melatonin, copper, manganese and the hard-to-find gamma-tocopherol form of vitamin E which helps protect your heart. Walnuts may also protect your brain and help slow the onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.” Chop some nuts up to throw on your cereal or combine with fellow Superfood, spinach, in Dr. Lipman’s Spinach and Strawberry Salad.

Wild salmon’s benefits include “protection from cancer, cardiovascular problems, mascular degeneration, depression, and cognitive decline.” Dr. Lipman recommends wild caught, Alaskan salmon as it “routinely ranks low in contaminants and high in nutrients.” Double up on Superfoods withSproutedkitchen.com’s Walnut Crusted Wild Salmon (& Edamame Mash).

And last but certainly not least, chocolate! As much as we wish we could give it to you, this is not permission to load up on Haagen Dazs and Twix bars. A little bit (approximately 1 oz. a few times a week) of dairy-free dark chocolate that is at least 70% cocoa can help “elevate mood, improve blood flow and even lower blood pressure. It helps reduce inflammation and ‘bad’ cholesterol’ and it loaded with antioxidants, which can help prevent cell damage, degenerative diseases, and even cancer.”

Start the year off strong with these incredible Superfoods. What are YOUR favorite Superfood recipes? Share your recipes with us!

 

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