It may have been a long winter, but not to worry! Spring is on the way, as is a newfound energy. You may get the urge to do some deep spring cleaning, or maybe you want to get cooking and try some new recipes. I always want to start eating healthier every time spring comes around, and what better way to do that than to include superfoods in your diet? These superfoods are (in my opinion) some of the tastier ones that are easily incorporated into meals and I’ll even give you some recipe ideas for each one!
Known as a heart-healthy food, oats lower cholesterol and help to maintain stable blood sugar levels by containing fiber that is digested slowly throughout the day. Oats also have high levels of protein, magnesium, and potassium, which are important minerals to include in your diet. Oatmeal is a pretty obvious way to consume this superfood (I put brown sugar, cinnamon, and peanut butter in mine), but if that doesn’t tickle your fancy you can add oats to cereal, yogurt, a smoothie, or even salads and casseroles.
Stress-reducing and energy-boosting, blueberries are filled with nutrients and phytochemicals (compounds that give plants their pigment) that can decrease symptoms of depression and increase immune function. Blueberries also contain antioxidants and are arguably one of the sweetest of the superfoods. Throw these babies into smoothies, oatmeal, cereal, or just eat them plain!
Gluten-free, packed with protein, and rich in amino acids, quinoa is an amazing healthy option that will keep you full and give you tons of energy. Now when I say packed with protein, I mean PACKED. I made quinoa with veggies a few weeks ago and couldn’t finish it because I was so full after eating about half of my normal portion size, so you definitely don’t need a lot of it! This superfood grain may be a little intimidating to some, but it’s actually pretty easy to cook and you can put it in virtually anything! It’s cooked almost exactly like rice and I usually boil it in vegetable broth and spices to give it more flavor. Pair it with chicken and rice, throw it in a salad, or toss it in a stir fry. I made mine with garbanzo beans, kalamata olives, feta cheese, artichoke hearts, lemon juice, and plain greek yogurt; it was delicious!
If you can find a perfectly ripe avocado (which seems remarkably difficult for some reason), this superfood is a great source of healthy fat and contains an omega-3 fatty acid that can improve heart health and decrease the chances of developing conditions such as diabetes, chronic fatigue, and arthritis. Avocados can be annoying to include in your meal plan since they brown so easily, but I’ve found that putting lemon juice on them can slow down that process so they stay fresh longer. I like to add avocados to smoothies, make them into homemade guacamole for tacos and nachos, or slice them up and put them on a sandwich with turkey and provolone!
These awakening nuts are rich in magnesium, which increases energy levels and helps to improve sleep. Almonds also contain several essential minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. Add this protein-rich superfood to smoothies (can you tell I like smoothies), salads, casseroles, oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, or just snack on them plain!
A great source of protein and low in fat, turkey is a great substitute for beef if you are looking to keep meat in your diet. Tyrosine, an amino acid that increases brain chemicals that keep you focused, is present in turkey along with vitamins B6 and B12, which have been shown to boost energy. Turkey just might be the best spring awakening superfood out there! Throw it on a sandwich, use ground turkey for stuffed peppers or chili, or cook up a whole bird for a delicious Thanksgiving meal anytime of the year!
I got most of my information on these superfoods from this website and they list a few others if you want to check it out! Now get cooking!
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