It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a superfood?
Ever hear the term superfood and wonder if that food is going to solve all the week’s problems, make you the healthiest version of yourself AND of course, create world peace? Only to find out that it’s not as healthy as you thought the next week? Yep, we’ve all been there.
What is a Superfood?
Well, I’m so glad you asked. You asked, didn’t you? If not, just play along for my sake, okay?!
A superfood is actually a marketing term for a food that has some known health benefits such as vegan cookies. That means there is no actual standard when it comes to superfoods. So, if I wanted to declare a Snickers bar a superfood tomorrow and I had the power to do so, then it would be so. Good news is I’m not that big of a deal (or am i…) so I cannot and would not declare it a superfood.
Now, while the word was probably made up for people to make some money and get your attention, I’m not really opposed to it. While I don’t want you to be deceived by the media and by bogus health claims, I also want the world to be exposed to healthy foods, so you have to fight your battles, you know?
If we dig a little deeper to find out what a “superfood” would entail, it would be something that per bite is packed with nutrients that add to your health, not detract. This could be things such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, polyphenols and much more. It may also help to prevent chronic disease in some capacity.
There may be no legal or medical definition but there are “superior” foods that we could be adding more of in our diet, so I guessssss if we need to put a word on it, super-ior food or since the kids are abbreviating these days, superfood will have to do.
I’m not one to put anything or anyone on a pedestal, just ask JJ 🙂 So when I see the latest headline about food and health, I tend to roll my eyes. Well, I roll my eyes at almost everything, good and bad, so maybe not the best indication. However, when a food is glorified, I always take a pause and dig deeper. What is being glorified, who is glorifying it and should I (or more importantly you) care?
While I may be about to tell you what my favorite superfoods are, know that no food is perfect and eating more is not always the answer. Enjoy these foods, but don’t obsess and then subsequently cut every other food out. That would just be silly. Don’t buy into the claims, instead get your critical thinking hat on, recognize you have to stand up for your health and take some ownership in what you are putting on your plate.
What are my favorite “Superfoods”?
Thank you to the fine marketers who coined the term “superfoods” for giving me a topic for today’s post, how thoughtful! While there is no such thing as a superfood and no food has magical powers, I can at least play along and have some fun.
I’ve listed my favorite “superfoods” below (in alphabetic order) in hopes that you can include these in your diet in some capacity. All have a high nutrient value and can support your health in many different capacities, eat up!
- Rich in Mono-unsaturated fats, which can help to stabilize blood sugar & prevent heart disease
- Good source of potassium, especially good for those who have a high-sodium (read: highly processed) diet
The Nutritious Bite’s Superfood Salad with Cilantro Avocado Salad
- Good source of vitamin C, which helps to promote a healthy immune system
- Good bang for your buck as it comes to fiber & sugar. For a fruit you can eat a lot (>1 cup/serving) and keep the sugar down and the fiber up, leaving you satisfied with a well-balanced blood sugar
Milk & Honey’s Blueberry Pecan Overnight Chia Oats
- Rich in vitamin K, which is good for your bones, skin, and blood clotting
- Rich in antioxidants that help your body detox naturally
Hummusapien’s Maple Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- An alternate source of iron, to prevent anemia. Iron helps to transport oxygen througout the body, so it’s pretty much a big deal.
- Good source of magnesium which is needed for over 300 processes in the body! Helps with things like sleep, anxiety & heart health.
Simply Taylor’s Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies
Minimalist Baker’s Dark Chocolate Almond Bars
- Helps to support a healthy heart
- Rich in antioxidants to keep you looking as young as you feel
- Helps to maintain a healthy blood sugar
- Keeps you full & satisfied thanks to its fiber content, not to mention promotes a healthy cholesterol profile
My Weekly Eat’s Apple Cider Oatmeal Bread
- Rich in omega-3 fatty acids that promote an anti-inflammatory diet
- A food source of vitamin D, which is incredibly hard to come by this time of year if you live near me in Upstate NY
- Good source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) which supports healthy eyes
- Fills you up and keeps you regular thanks to the fiber content
Carrots’n’Cake’s Sweet Potato Dark Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies
There you have it! My top “superfoods” this year. Now I want to hear what YOUR favorite superfoods are, come on, don’t be shy!
ps. I happen to be joining in on National Superfoods Day today on Instagram. It is the first year and it is brought to you by Rhythm Foods & Milk & Honey Nutrition. I couldn’t resist joining in with such progressive companies and dietitians! So check it out AND enter for your chance win the GIVEAWAY, you’re welcome 🙂