You undoubtedly have heard the hype about super foods, because it’s everywhere—and that’s a good thing, because these so called “super foods” are a must in terms of nutrition and better health. This is one aspect of healthy eating that you can really enjoy and have fun with, though. Super foods are simply those foods rich with key nutrients and antioxidants, which have been proven to add years to your life, but they are also foods that can make for a delicious way of eating all day long.
You probably think of healthy eating as another chore in your day, but it doesn’t have to be. Planning for the foods that you eat can be of great help in ensuring you get everything that you need. When it comes to super foods specifically, you can center your day around them—and actually enjoy eating them as you go!
Think through your meals and snacks for the day and then figure out how to add in a nice blend of super foods with other favorite foods. Here’s how you make super foods part of every eating experience, and learn to enjoy it along the way.
Breakfast Bubbling with Excitement and Nutrients
Want to kick up your morning coffee into a meal that can work for you? Start off by featuring a simple and perfect complement to that morning cup of java. If you’re anything like me, you don’t have much time to prepare breakfast in the morning, so try making this beforehand and then dive right in.
Blueberries contain some amazing antioxidants, so turn this super food into a delicious and nutritious meal. Bake up some blueberry muffins, but use wheat flour for a healthier blend. Add in a little something extra such as some walnuts and flax seeds that not only give a good flavor profile, but additional super food components. This is a simple starter recipe.
A Morning Snack to Keep You Going
Let’s face it—we all get hungry somewhere between breakfast and lunch. You know that you need something, and you don’t want to reach for that candy dish on your co-worker’s desk. So plan for a super delicious morning snack that packs a nutritional punch!
This can be simple and contain items that you can pack to take with you on the go. Consider that some low-fat natural yogurt is a super food that is highly portable and fulfills your nutritional quota – just check to make sure it’s not a yogurt stuffed with sugar; Greek yogurts are typically best. Accompany it with a cup of green tea that has more antioxidants than you may realize.
If you want to take this to another level, then add in some oats to give you some crunch that counts. I love to add in some natural organic rolled oats into my morning yogurt. There is little preparation needed for this, but it keeps you going strong.
Get Out of the Lunch Time Rut
I know that I get into a rut with my lunches and feel like it’s the same old thing with absolutely no appeal whatsoever. So before you reach for that pizza slice that is loaded with calories, whip up a super food featured lunch that keeps you on track.
Rather than the same boring turkey sandwich, how much better does a glazed salmon salad with spinach and cannellini beans sound? Check it out. If you want to enjoy that turkey sandwich, then why not add in some sliced tomatoes, avocado, and spinach leaves for that extra zing?
The thing that I try to remember is that even classic meals can be bumped up a notch by adding in some super foods. Not only do you get some key nutrients but you also enjoy some delicious and creative twists on classics, too.
Recharge with a Attractive Afternoon Snack
Try making a reinvented trail mix for that crunch and munch that you need around the 3:00 hour. Mix it up with roasted soybeans, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds to give you something fantastic to munch on and recharge with.
If you’re really in a bind then go for an orange or handful of almonds to keep you going with all the right elements. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but adding in super foods can give you what you need—and planning for even the snacks can ensure you make good sound choices.
End the Day with a Bang
Dinner time is a stressful one for many, but it doesn’t have to be. Prep ahead of time and then you take the worry and the time commitment out of the equation. How does a beautiful quinoa salad with broccoli, tomatoes, chick peas, and sliced turkey sound? Talk about delicious—I love how this incorporates the super foods and it takes little effort to prepare. Here’s a starter recipe.
Salmon will always be one of the top super foods because of its Omega-3 fatty acid content. You can broil this and place atop a spinach salad or let it stand alone with a blueberry, soy, and ginger blend for a delicious twist. It’s this simple.
The key is to focus in on the super foods and find new uses or ways of enjoying them. Think through your daily eating, and then mix it up with some fun twists or ideas that you can incorporate throughout a busy day. Let your food work for you—super foods are the ones that keep on giving and contributing to a healthy and delicious day!