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A healthy diet makes all the difference in the world. Not just on the outside and keeping your body health, but also on the inside and maintaining your emotional-self well and balanced. This is where superfoods make a grand entrance.
According to medical research, superfoods are foods that have gigantic doses of vitamins and minerals that can help you fight off diseases and live a longer, healthier life.
Superfoods are not only nutritional, but also delicious and a great excuse to gobble on pumpkin pie, blueberry muffins, cream cheese and chocolate-covered strawberries. Well, there are a few modifications to be made – such as reducing the added sugar – if we want to get the most benefits
Let’s take a look at 5 of the greatest superfoods we can consume to lead a happier and healthier life
Greek yogurt – a delicious white, fluffy topping.
Greek yogurt by itself is already delicious, but you can turn into so much more and still get its superfood benefits. You know when you’re eating Mexican food you want to add cream on top of everything? Well, add Greek yogurt instead! You can also replace mayonnaise and cream cheese with this superfood for a super delicious and healthy spread.
Quinoa – what’s this tiny grain all about?
When we think about quinoa, we think about a semi-new grain. This seed is as tiny as can be, but packed incredibly nutritional fortitude. With a taste similar to rice or couscous, but without all the carbs associated with these, quinoa is unique in the way that it provides all nine essential amino acids our bodies can't produce alone. What’s more, it’s full of protein. Talk about a super superfood right there!
Blueberries – Oompa Loompa’s favorites!
These blue, sweet berries need no real introduction. Blueberries are famous for appearing in your pancakes, but there are many other ways to eat this fiber, vitamin C, and cancer-fighting filled fruit. Try making blueberry overnight oats, blueberry zucchini muffins and blueberry and pecan granola! Some studies even suggest blueberries help improve our memories, so there – that surely helps qualify this berry type as a superfood!
Pumpkin – a superfood just in time for Halloween
Carving pumpkins is always a fun activity to do with the kids. But, pumpkins pack so much more than scary faces. Full of antioxidants and vitamins, these squashes are composed of beta-carotene, a provitamin that the body converts to vitamin A, which helps boost our immune system and keeps our vision extra crystal clear.
Strawberries – Vitamin C mixed with berries
Good on top of or mixed with almost anything and everything – these berries are the queens of Vitamin C. One cup of these juicy red ladies meets the daily requirement for vitamin C (74 milligrams per day for women and 90 for men) and pack antioxidants that help build and repair the body's tissues, boost immunity, and gets rid off extra free radical damage.
Do you feel like you’re always on a diet? And by any chance, is this diet getting old and boring? It’s time for you to try something new. Get a hold of the latest nutrition trends of 2018 that actually don’t feel like your common routine diet.
Slow down your cooking. Or shall we say, stop coking at all? The raw food diet it’s what’s in and cooking is out. Cooking your meals apparently gets rids of all types of nutrients. And who wants to miss out on those nutrients? Try some uncooked vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes and mix these up with unpasteurized milk and cheese, raw fish and meat. Deliciously raw!
The lowest of the low – carbs style
Going to the lowest point hasn’t felt this good since…well, never. The so-called Ketogenic Diet averages only about 5 percent of calories from carbs. That’s close to, nothing. This diet calls for tons of meats, poultry, fish, eggs, higher-fat dairy (like butter, cheese, and cream), healthy fats (such as oils, nuts, seeds and avocados), plus vegetables that are low in carbs. Avoid anything starchy!
30 Days of Clean Eating
There’s a new trend in town and it takes 30 days of your time. The Whole30 diet consists of you consuming whole, unprocessed foods for one month. You must also quit all added sugars, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, grains, most legumes and peas, soy products, dairy plus processed foods with certain additives. What can you eat? All sorts of veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds (including nut milks and nut butters), eggs, fish, meat, poultry, and a few types of oils and fats. Clean eating can also taste good!
After a hard day’s work, it’s important – and shall I say vital – to unwind and recharge your batteries as much as possible. Granted, it’s very likely that you have to head back to the office (or whatever your workspace is) the very next day.
Here are some ways to prevent exhaustion and de-stress after a long day at work:
Well, maybe not necessarily your full pajama attire. But if you want to tell your brain that “work hours are over”, you better change out of your work clothes and slip into something more comfortable. A clean t-shirt and a pair of comfy pants should do the trick!
Say bye-bye to electronics
For at least an hour or two, unplugging from your laptop or mobile device, should help you get back to your “normal self”. Leave your phone in another room while you’re cooking dinner or doing something that relaxes you. Let’s face it; you’ve probably checked your social media feeds all day long. Time to let go!
Meditation, yoga, reading a book
Ok, so now you’re in your jammies (or comfy clothes) and you’re away from your phone. How about sitting on the floor for five minutes and doing absolutely nothing? Focus on your breathing and make it a habit to take just a few minutes and not think about anything in particular. You can also try yoga; just a few stretches here and there can really make a difference in your well-being. And don’t forget about that book you’ve wanted to read for so long. Curl up on the couch and read on!