Often times we think of superfoods as exotic ingredients discovered deep in the Amazon jungle that come with a hefty price tag. But there's plenty of healthy everyday superfoods that you can include in your diet quite easily. In general, just about every raw fruit, vegetable, nut, grain and seed is packed full of healthy vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which make them a superfood in their own right, but there's a few foods which go the extra mile at packing a nutritional punch. And no, they don't all come with a huge mark-up straight at out of the jungle!
If you're wondering how to include more superfoods in your diet on a daily basis, here's a few easy superfoods to keep an eye out for, with some recipe ideas for incorporating these healthy raw, vegetarian and vegan superfoods into your diet every day.
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It's no secret that leafy green vegetables are the healthiest food on the planet and we should all be eating more of them. Besides being full of magnesium, calcium, potassium, they pack a powerful vitamin punch with plenty of vitamins C, A, and K. Here's a few ways to add these simple yet powerful superfoods to your diet:
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Yes indeed, chocolate is a superfood! Well, raw cacao, at least, which is chocolate in it's purest form, before any milk, sugar or other additives make it less of a healthy superfood. Besides being a good source of fiber and iron, the health claims behind this superfood are just as tempting as the food itself. There's good reason to believe that this superfood may help ease depression, reduce stress and lower cholesterol. Not bad for such a delicious little bean!
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Packed full of antioxidants, essential fatty acids and plenty of protein, hemp is an amazing superfood, particularly for vegetarians and vegans. I like to use hemp oil in salad dressings, and I keep some hemp protein on hand for adding to smoothies and sprinkling on cereal. Here's a few hemp superfood recipes:
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The best superfoods are the ones that come straight from nature, with little processing and no additives. And, of course, if they're common and easy to eat, we're more likely to include them in our diet regularly. This is why berries deserve a spot at the top of the list of the best superfoods, especially for vegetarians and vegans. Blueberries are the most common berry touted as a superfood, but they're not the only one! Here's what you need to know about the power of blueberries and other berries, and, a few creative recipes to try: