Super Foods

Grilled Salmon Salad with Warm Blueberry Vinaigrette #15MinuteSuppers

Incorporating super foods into your diet is not only essential, but it is also delicious! Super foods are packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Although every fruit and vegetable is nutritious, super foods prevent diseases, increase your wellbeing, and have a wide spectrum of health benefits. Summer is an extremely great time to explore the world of super foods, so here are five super foods you should definitely include in your diet.

  1. Blueberries

Always remember the darker the color of food, the more nutrients it contains. This is why blueberries are one of the most nutrient dense fruits that exist. Anthocyanin, which is a flavonoid found in blueberries, is responsible for increasing vitamin C levels, cleansing blood from any toxins, and keeping skin clear and smooth.

Tip: Try freezing some blueberries overnight and adding them into your next smoothie for extra nutrients, flavor, and texture!

  1. Kale

Although kale is known for being “decorative”, it is also one of the healthiest foods for your body. This leafy green vegetable is underrated, but it is packed with phytonutrients and antioxidants that can help prevent cancer, promote urinary tract health, and also keep you looking fresh and younger!

Tip: Cool down by replacing lettuce with kale, this way you double your nutrients without losing your meal’s delicious flavor.

  1. Salmon

Heart disease causes the most deaths in the United States per year, salmon can help you keep your heart happy and healthy. Salmon is composed of omega-3 fatty acids which have been shown to prevent heart disease. Along with keeping your heart healthy, salmon can also increase joint health, prevent cancer, and it is an excellent source of protein.

Tip: Since salmon can sometimes be bland, try seasoning it with some lemon pepper or garlic powder before grilling it.

  1. Flax seeds

Flax seeds (and seeds in general) are surprisingly very beneficial to a person’s health. They are known to decrease risk of cancer development, promote heart health, and lower blood sugar. If you are struggling with diabetes or having digestive problems, flax seeds should become your go-to ingredient.

Tip: Next time you make a Greek yogurt parfait with your favorite fruit, make sure to sprinkle some flax seeds on top for some crunch and an extra protein boost!

  1. Beans

Looking for a low fat, protein packed food? Next time you go grocery shopping, make sure to pick up a bag of beans. Along with the other super foods, beans are known for preventing cancer and lowering cholesterol. However, legumes are also extremely high in protein, vitamins, minerals, and are packed with fiber.

Tip: Never pass on the beans when you’re making a burrito or a taco salad, you will be missing out on extra nutrients and flavors. Although some people may say they do not look appealing, do not judge this vegetable by its appearance, otherwise you will be missing out on a nutritious side dish.

 

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http://www.bestinseason.ie/whats-in-season/blueberries/

http://www.aroundmyfamilytable.com/grilled-salmon-salad-with-warm-blueberry-vinaigrette/

 

 

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