You know that so called superfoods—foods that are especially rich in nutrients—are great for your health. That’s why you’ve eaten a mountain of kale and a forest of broccoli.
But we get it. Even if you’re really fond of both veggies (like we are around here), there’s only so much kale and broccoli you can choke down before you become bored.
You need a bit more variety in your superfood selection. And while more exotic superfoods like seaweed, goji berries and nutritional yeast sound interesting, let’s be honest they can sometimes be hard to find.
So what you need are superfoods you can find a bit closer to home.
Well don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our list of hidden-in-plain-sight superfoods you can pick up on your next trip to the supermarket.
It turns out that old saying is 100 percent true. An apple a day really might keep the doctor away. Apples are high in pectin, a fiber that’s especially good for your brain. And packed with antioxidants, apples are terrific for your heart health too. But be sure they’re organic, because apples can be high in pesticides.
Have you tuned in to just how healthy avocados are yet? They’re loaded with nutrients, fiber and the healthy fats you need. Avocados help naturally lower inflammation throughout your whole system. Plus, they’re linked to lower stress levels, and better mood.
When Brussels sprouts started showing up on menus recently a lot of folks we’re surprised to see their old childhood nemesis going mainstream. Turns out, hip chefs knew what they were doing. These mini-cabbages are nutritional powerhouses. They’re natural anti-inflammatories, they’re good for your heart health, they can help detox your body and, incredibly, they could even help reduce your risk for cancer.
Oh and those chefs know what they’re doing when it comes to cooking them too. So go ahead and get a side order next time you spot them on a menu. They’ll be delicious, we promise.
Few veggies get less respect that the humble celery. And that’s a shame, because despite its reputation for being nothing more than a filler food, celery is actually quite healthy. In fact, experts say the king of crunch supports healthy blood pressure and circulation.
And if you’re looking for a way to fight acne, joint pain, or digestive issues it turns out celery may be able to wipe out the inflammation that leads to all three.
Once vilified as unhealthy, eggs are finally starting to get the attention they deserve. Because it turns out they aren’t just a superfood, they’re one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the entire planet. Eggs have at least trace amounts of nearly every nutrient your body needs, plus high levels of B vitamins, including choline, an essential vitamin for brain health.
As for their old reputation for being bad for your cholesterol, new research indicates that eggs could actually help improve your overall numbers by raising HDL, or “good” cholesterol, levels.
Dried figs are the superfood your sweet tooth has been screaming for. Not only are they sweet and delicious, they also are lower in sugar than many other dried fruits, making them a good “sometimes” snack.
Dried figs are packed with heart friendly potassium, and magnesium, as well as fiber for digestion. And unlike some other fruits, they’re less likely to cause gas and bloating.
Have a pink grapefruit for breakfast and you’ll be starting your day with a healthy serving of immune building vitamin C, which not only arms you against illnesses but also fights aging by boosting your glutathione levels.
Packed with phytonutrients and antioxidants researchers say grapefruit could help you fight off cancer, protect your brain against Alzheimer’s, support your liver and even improve your cholesterol levels.
To get the most health bang for your grapefruit buck try zesting some of the peel and adding it to your favorite foods from plain yogurt to veggies.
We don’t mean those mushy, cooked to within an inch of their lives green beans you probably just thought of. We’re talking about fresh, crispy beans that are steamed or lightly sautéed.
Green beans are high in vitamin K, which supports strong bones and helps reduce your risk for heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. The beans are also a good source of fiber, vitamin C and B vitamins.
Broccoli and kale are great, but there are plenty of other superfoods you can add to the mix to avoid being bored at mealtimes. Eat more of these hidden-in-plain-sight superfoods to get all the nutrition, but none of the blah.