Everybody knows by now just how important it is to eat healthy, but fewer people know of simple ways to get the optimal level of nutrition we need to get our bodies working at full capacity. For adults, the job of ensuring a balanced diet is a personal one, but kids rely on their parents and caregivers to see that they get all the nutrients they require for their growing bodies. Well, there’s a way to kill two birds with one stone here, and that’s with superfoods.
These are foods that can be made into some of the most nutrient-dense and healthy meals to give people of all ages that healthy boost their body craves. If you’re looking for a quick bite to keep you going with minimal fuss, then a superfood subset referred to as ‘superfruits’ is what you’re looking for. Let’s have a look at some of the superfruits you can incorporate into you and your little ones’ diet.
These little power-bombs are some of the most healthy ingredients you can put into a recipe or take as a superfood snack on their own. They are packed full of antioxidants, which keep the aging process at bay; a vast array of vitamins; as well minerals such as omega-3 acids which are great for brain health, especially for the little ones among us.
You can find a wide variety of superfruits to choose from, depending on your taste and mood, including goji berries, pomegranate arils, sacha inchi seeds, acai berries, cacao nibs, and chia seeds among others. The great thing about these is that many of them have their own special superfruit ‘superpower’ that makes them all the more awesome.
Chia Seeds, for example, form a gelatinous coating when exposed to the liquids in the stomach, and this coating works to slow down the digestive process thus keeping one feeling full for longer – a big plus when trying to keep fit or lose some weight.
Pomegranate has been used by ancient cultures since the dawn of time to fight against illness. They had the right idea. Modern studies have shown that the fruit contains sizable quantities of polyphenols (antioxidants), ellagic acid, and isoflavones, all of which work in combination to make it a formidable anti-cancer agent. A 2006 study by the University of California found that it slowed down the growth rate of prostate cancer, and numerous other studies since then have only piled on more abilities onto it. It’s super in every sense of the term.
The Acai Berry, aside from containing a wealth of beneficial nutrients and minerals including amino acids, essential fats, complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, among others, is widely touted as an effective weight loss aid and a tool on slowing the effects of the aging process. They’re quite new on the scene, so a lot of research is still in the pipeline, but they already have a place among some of the healthiest foods out there.
Goji Berries, similarly to acai berries, are relatively new introductions to western nutritional sciences, but they’ve already proven themselves to be greatly beneficial to us. The goji berry contains exceptional levels of the antioxidants beta-carotene and zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthin in particular is something quite special in that irregular consumption has been shown to lower the chances of age-related eye diseases by effectively protecting the retina from the harmful effects of blue light.
The bottom line
The beauty of superfruits lies not only in their superb nutritional value and health benefits, but in the ease with which they allow us to get our recommended amounts of essential nutrients with minimal fuss. They make true superfood snacks, for those of us with an eye on the clock, our health, and our waistlines.