By now you've likely heard a popular buzzword in the nutrition space called "superfoods." These nutrient-dense foods, like blueberries, yogurt and dark chocolate, provide large amounts of antioxidants and health properties in one serving. And while superfoods won't make you faster than a speeding bullet, they do have some super qualities.
Here are some of the newest superfood additions this year.
1. Fermented Foods: Gut health is gaining popularity as an area of importance. Many health problems start in the gut, so it's important to eat the right foods to keep our guts healthy. Foods such as yogurt, Kefir, Gouda cheese, sauerkraut and kombucha are some examples to include in your diet to help boost your gut microbiome.
2. Seeds: Good examples of seeds are chia and flax seeds - both of these contain protein, fiber and omega three fatty acids. They are best known for their anti-inflammatory benefits. Sprinkle them on your yogurt, applesauce, or salads.
3. Ancient grains: These are whole grains which haven't been processed, which means they are great sources of fiber. Quinoa, spelt, buckwheat and farro are several examples. Try swapping white rice for quinoa, or white pasta for farro next time you're making dinner.
4. Non-dairy milks: Almond and rice milk are quite popular today but have you heard of oat milk? These are all great alternatives to cow's milk and are great to try if you want to work towards a plant-based diet.
5. Beets: They are low in calories and a great source of fiber, folate and vitamin C. Spiralize them as an alternative to pasta! For a simple side dish, clean and slice beets, mix with olive oil and salt and pepper. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees F for approximately 25 minutes.
As always when your goal is to try and eat more healthfully, aim for more fresh produce, more whole grains and less processed foods. And of course, try adding super foods to your meals!
Whether you have a chronic health condition or simply want to improve your eating habits, Chester County Hospital's nutrition services can help. Learn more about nutrition and weight management services by calling 610-738-2835.
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