Hey, Stax fam! We have compiled a list of our favorite, top 10 superfoods for you to try. Plus, score your very own copy of the top 100 superfoods.
What is a Superfood?
You might have the word "superfoods" thrown around without knowing exactly what it means. This isn't just a gimmick word. Superfoods are a particular food or ingredient that is considered ultra nutritious or nutrient-dense - aka "super"!
Superfoods can be particularly high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, or other properties that support overall health and wellbeing.
Our Favorite, Top 10 Superfoods
First up is the super popular acai (ah-sigh-EE) berry. Does this superfood live up to all it's hype?
While super delicious as the base of a smoothie bowl, acai berries (like all berries) have a host of nutritional benefits. They contain the antioxidant anthocyanin which is great for:
Possible cancer prevention
2. Raw hemp seeds
Hemp seeds (or hemp hearts) are an incredible source of plant-based protein, healthy fats, and various vitamins and minerals like:
Omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids
Eat them raw, roasted, hemp hearts, hemp oil, or mix your favorite smoothie with a hemp powder protein.
If you don't like kale, I feel bad for you son, 'cause I got 99 problems but super greens ain't one!
Kale is one of the most nutritious vegetables available. It’s a great source of various vitamins and minerals and contains fiber for healthy digestion and elimination. Consume kale raw (make sure to massage it!), as "kale chips", or sauteed.
Next up on our list are lemons. These tart yellow fruits are boasting with vitamin C, a potent antioxidant. Squeeze some lemon into your water to reap the benefits of increased metabolism, digestion support, and stimulating your liver.
We aren't talking about pumpkin spice lattes.
Pumpkins are high in fiber which makes it good for you. But it is also rich in beta-carotene which may help protect against developing type 2 diabetes. Did you know that type 2 diabetes accounts for approximately 90% - 95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes?
Compounds in this fruit can improve insulin resistance and improve glucose tolerance.
That beautiful berry color of beetroot comes from betalains, a type of natural plant pigment that provides a health boost. Not only do beets feed your body with betalains, but they also contain fiber, nitrates, and vitamins and minerals.
Nitrates help widen your blood vessels - so beets may help improve your athletic performance.
7. Chia Seeds
These gooey little seeds are filled with fiber and healthy fats. Chia seeds make a great addition to your diet because they can help curb cravings, balance blood sugar, and support healthy digestion.
Not just a nuisance to your lawn, but dandelion weeds are a super green. The green portion of the plant is supportive for liver health, weight loss, and acts as a diuretic.
From roots to flowers, dandelions are a source of vitamins A, C, and K. They also provide substantial amounts of iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
This superfood also contains inulin which is a soluble fiber that supports the growth and maintenance of healthy bacteria flora in your gut.
9. Cacao (aka dark chocolate)
As if we need a reason to eat chocolate!
Dark chocolate (containing 70% or more cacao) can be a delicious superfood. Cacao has been shown to help lower blood pressure, reduce your risk of diabetes, and contribute to a healthy heart. Plus, cacao powder is also an excellent source of iron, protein, magnesium, potassium, and fiber.
Last up, is ghee. Ghee is clarified butter which is butter that has been boiled down until only the fats are left.
While ghee is high in saturated fats, it also contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs have been shown to help contribute to reducing body weight. Another compound, butyrate, has been shown to balance insulin levels and aid in digestive health.
Look for ghee from organic, grass-fed cows for optimal nutritional value.
These are just our top 10 superfoods. In reality, there are 100s of amazing, nutritionally jam-packed foods out there.
We've put together a list of the top 100 superfoods in our newly launched Members Area! Click the link below and make sure you're logged in to explore!
What is your favorite superfood?!