Superfoods are a definition of a complete food. This means that the food has all the most powerful nutrients you need for survival and great nutrition. When you are dieting it is essential that you are replacing nutrients that are being depleted by the diet itself. You lose vitamins and minerals on a calorie-restricted diet. So, you need to replace them for energy and to make sure your body doesn’t go into starvation-mode and put the weight back on.
Superfoods to add to your plan
Chia seeds: Chia pets are the only information that others have about Chia seeds. But Chia seeds are a powerful source of protein and other complete nutrients and if you are a big water drinker then you can add them to water and drink them. They are gelatinous when they are soaked, and they are like sponges and will soak up the flavor of the liquid. They taste great in orange juice or smoothies too!
Hemp Seeds: These are comparable to Chia but better. These contain the most complete protein. These are the only superfood which contains omegas and amino like red meat does. Use the hemp protein powder in smoothies.
Apples: An apple a day can certainly keep the doctor away. You can eat them cooked or raw. Use them in a salad or with a caramel dip that is low cal, yes they exist.
Artichoke: You can bake and eat these and even stuff their little leaves with some breadcrumbs they are packed with nutrition and antioxidants.
Asparagus: Yummy on the grill or steamed, these crunchy little greens are a plus to any diet.
Avocados: They are wonderful scooped and even as a dip. Eat them any way you wish, just no more than a half a medium sized one in a day. They can be fatty.
Bell peppers: these are a great little delicacy baked or grilled as well as raw baby!
Berries: Berries of any kind are great antioxidant superfoods. Red or black or even blue these are the sweetest foods that are great for you!
Broccoli: Broccoli is great raw or stir fried so just skip the soy sauce and consume!
Brussels sprouts: These superfoods don’t have to have the yucky appeal they normally do. Just steam them with butter and don’t boil their little heads to death and you will get crispy little cabbage heads of flavor.
How to Add Unfamiliar Foods to Your Diet
If you plan to make any large changes to what you eat and/or the way you eat, it’s always recommended that you first speak with your doctor. It may seem like a nuisance, but food and eating patterns are a powerful thing. They have a profound impact on your body and the way it functions. It’s always better to be safe than sorry if you want to make such changes.
It’s also important to note that many superfoods have large amounts of certain vitamins and minerals. This doesn’t necessarily mean that more of them is better. It’s a good idea to get to know the types of ingredients you plan to add to your diet before you add them. That way, you can make sure you won’t end up doing yourself more harm than good.
For example, if you were to add chia seeds to your diet, you will give yourself a range of nutrients as well as protein and fiber. That said, these are tiny seeds and you need very little of them to produce a large impact on your body. It’s very easy to eat too many of these seeds, particularly if your diet hasn’t been especially high in fiber before you have them. You might find that you’ll need to keep a bathroom close by if you overdo it with these tiny superfoods.
Make Changes Gradually
Instead of trying to add all the superfoods on the list into your diet every day, work gradually. Add one per day to a one of your meals. Have a sprinkling of chia seeds on your yogurt for breakfast one day. The next day, have a serving of brussels sprouts with your dinner. As these foods become a more regular part of your diet, you can start adding more of them each day.
Use a nutrition tracker to give yourself additional support in understanding what your food contains. That way, you will be more informed to obtain the nutrients you need every day in the proper amounts without having too much of them.
This is especially true of nutrients such as fiber as your reaction to it will depend on how much your body is used to receiving. Gradual changes are nearly always recommended for these reasons. In addition, remember to drink enough water with the superfoods you eat. This will help you to best digest them.