Some foods have earned the title of “superfood” for being extra nutritious, with common examples including kale, salmon, sweet potatoes, and blueberries. However, there are also some lesser-known superfoods that often go overlooked. For a healthier diet, mix things up by incorporating these 5 nourishing foods into upcoming meal plans. After all, variety is the spice of life!
Known as the “runner’s seed,” chia seeds are known for providing an extra boost of vitality. That’s because these little seeds are packed with significant amounts of healthy minerals like magnesium, calcium, and iron in every serving. While they aren’t typically intended to be eaten on their own, they usually make a good addition to snacks like smoothies, cereal, and yogurt.
Honey on its own is already great, but Manuka honey is even better. Manuka honey is a distinctive, higher caliber honey that boasts unrivaled purity and quality. It offers high levels of B vitamins, antioxidants, and essential amino acids, and can be eaten on its own or added it to just about anything, from lemon tea to peanut butter sandwiches.
Many people who have never tried seaweed before tend to wince at this one. Yes, seaweed is essentially algae, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. A whopping 34% of dried seaweed contains both macro and trace minerals that act as fuel for the body.1 It can be eaten as a snack in sheet form (also known as nori) or added to a variety of foods like sushi, salads, and soups.
In lieu of yogurt and kombucha, another great way to get a daily dose of probiotics is through kefir. This tart drink is made from a fermented milk that offers beneficial yeast that aids digestion and immune health. The live cultures in the yeast go to work in the digestive tract, eliminating any unhealthy bacteria that may be residing there.
It’s not hard to find a recipe that calls for radishes, but once the radishes are washed and cut, it’s common to just throw away the leftover leafy greens attached to them. Don’t! Not only do radish leaves provide a delicious peppery taste, but they are also chock full of healthy vitamins and minerals. Just chop them up, add to any spicy curry or stir fry, and discover the difference of this unique flavor.
Some of the best superfoods aren’t necessarily the most popular. Why not give these uncommon options a try and let us know what you think? We’d love to hear about your favorite superfood recipes on Facebook!