What Are Superfoods and How Can You Implement Them into Your Diet?

March 01, 2021


Filling your plate with ‘superfoods’ simply means eating a variety of natural foods, such as fruits and vegetables, eggs, nuts, and other foods that are loaded with nutrients and low in unhealthy elements. Here’s everything you need to know about superfoods and how you can incorporate more of them in your everyday diet to live a longer, happier, healthier life.

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What Is a Superfood? 

Superfoods are types of food that are packed with the highest density of nutrients and are the most beneficial for your body. While most non-processed foods benefit the body in some way, options that are considered superfoods are generally the healthiest foods available and are rich in more than one type of nutrient. 

However, it is important to note that superfoods are only part of a balanced diet, not the only things you should be eating. A healthy diet should contain the correct portions of a variety of foods, not just large amounts of a few of the "healthiest" options. 

What Types of Foods Are Classified as Superfoods? 

Most superfoods are plant based, but certain fish and dairy products are also considered superfoods. 

Fruits and vegetables make up the bulk of foods that are typically classified as superfoods, such as avocados, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, and most types of berries. Eggs, salmon, green tea, and most varieties of nuts and seeds are other common superfoods you’ll find at the supermarket. 

How Does Including Superfoods in Your Diet Benefit Your Body? 

Although the name ‘superfoods’ makes them seem like something greater, eating a superfood-heavy diet essentially just means making healthy choices.

Superfoods are especially high in nutrients that are hard to find in other foods, such as fiber, protein, antioxidants, and a variety of vitamins and minerals. Filling your diet with these types of foods can help give you more energy, help you maintain a healthy weight, and lower your risk for heart problems, cancer, obesity, and other health concerns that are typically associated with poor nutrition.  

Tips for Eating More Superfoods

Eating more superfoods and elevating your diet can be achieved by knowing what foods to buy at the supermarket and adding those foods into your diet. Although you shouldn't attempt to solely eat foods that are labeled as superfoods, there are many tasty and simple ways to add more of them to your balanced diet. 

Blending berries, spinach and other greens, and other supplements into smoothies is a delicious way to consume a variety of superfoods at once. Drinking green tea throughout the day also provides many of the same benefits. 

Adding fruits and nuts to salads can increase their nutritional value, and applesauce can be used as a healthier substitute for sugar in a variety of baked goods.

At Moorings Park Communities, our highly skilled chefs and professional dieticians are committed to providing our residents with the healthiest foods in order to live, longer, healthier happier lives. Contact us today for more information on our communities and how we can help you live your best retirement life. 

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