If you have picked up a health magazine or news article in the past five years, you may have noticed one buzzword that gets thrown around a lot, “superfoods.” What in the world is a superfood? The term superfood was given to a few healthy foods that are found in nature and offer the most nutritional bang for our bodies.
Adding the following superfoods to your diet will help boost your vitamin and mineral intake and can actually help you shed a few pounds.
Apples: Mom always said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. She may be right. Consuming an apple each day can help keep weight gain away. Individuals who eat an apple before their meal ended up eating fewer calories overall. Apples also have antioxidants in them that help to decrease belly fat.
Lentils: Lentils are a delicious food to add to your diet. They are packed full of fiber and protein and help prevent insulin spikes in the body. This is especially important because too much insulin can create extra fat in the stomach area.
Goji Berries: Goji berries are chewy and tart. They are naturally low-calorie and contain 18 amino acids. Another benefit of these berries is that they help curb hunger.
Buckwheat Pasta: If you find yourself constantly craving pasta, then you need to try buckwheat pasta. This pasta is high in fiber and protein, so it is hard to over do it. It is a much healthier carb choice than regular pasta or bread.
Blueberries: Blueberries contain a high level of antioxidants and have been said to prevent cancer and signs of aging. The delicious berries also have a nice amount of fiber in them too, which will help keep you stay full.
Pomegranates: Just like blueberries, pomegranates are full of antioxidants and fiber. They will satisfy your sweet tooth while giving you many disease-fighting benefits. The juice is just as good for you, but you will lose the fiber benefits.
Chiles: Get ready to turn up the heat! Chiles have a compound in them called capsaicin. This compound causes the body to burn extra calories for 20 minutes after the chiles are eaten. Add more of these spicy superfoods to your diet to boost your metabolism.
To get the health and weight loss benefits from these superfoods, try incorporating them into your diet. You can easily blend blueberries and pomegranates together for a delicious smoothie, or sneak chiles into your buckwheat pasta dish for some added spice.
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