Superfoods sound intense, but they’re actually really simple—and delicious. The word “superfoods” is sort of a catch-all name for foods that are packed with vitamins and other health benefits.
There are tons of amazing superfoods out there that can be added to smoothies, juices, yogurt and other yummy dishes, especially at breakfast time when you most need a little boost to start your day.
Yes, these are the seeds that Chia Pets grow from, and they’re also really good for you. They’re packed with fiber and protein and are known for having Omega-3 fatty acids, the good kind of fat that helps regulate your blood pressure. The best part about chia seeds is that they can be mixed with pretty much anything—salads, juices, jams, and even baked into bread. They don’t have a strong flavor, which increases their versatility and makes them easy to eat.
Acai berries are a great source of antioxidants. Oxidation reactions (when cells use oxygen) naturally happen in our bodies all the time. Antioxidants help regulate these reactions. Acai berries look like dark blueberries, and they taste like dark chocolate-covered raspberries. They’re just sweet enough, and they taste best mixed with granola and grains or powdered and sprinkled over fish and poultry.
Hemp? Like, that kind of hemp? Yes, and no. Hemp protein comes from ground seeds of hemp plants. As the name suggest, this greenish-brown powder is full of protein. Our bodies use proteins in many different ways. They’re really important for building strong tissues and helping red blood cells carry oxygen. Hemp protein also has many essential amino acids that help build new proteins. It can be baked into brownies and muffins and blended into smoothies.
As weird as this may sound, bee pollen is actually really good. The pollen is tangy and sweet, and it comes in a pretty golden-yellow color. It is supplied by honeybees and is completely nutritious. Bee pollen has a variety of health benefits: It can increase your energy and boost your immune system, and it’s good for your digestive system and metabolism. It is mostly used as a sprinkled topping and in spreads. (Note: People who are allergic to bee products may be allergic to bee pollen, so please consume with caution!)
Goji berries are oblong, reddish-orange berries that taste both sweet and tart, like a sour cherry or a sugary tomato. They’re unique flavor makes them really tasty with spiced foods like chili, rice, and salsa. The dried berries can also be eaten by themselves like raisins. They can help you have healthy skin and a boosted immune system. Goji berries are also said to boost your mood.
Supergirls like you need healthy foods to stay active and save the world! While you’re out fighting crime, take the time to add some superfoods to your diet.