When you think of superfoods, you might think of exotic and expensive ingredients. But these three common yet forgotten superfoods may already be in your kitchen! Can you guess what they are?
If you guessed broccoli, bananas, and spinach, you’re right! Give yourself a pat on the back. Or better yet, treat yourself to something delicious using one or more of these healthy ingredients.
I really like the way Delicious Living puts it: “In our quest to uncover the newest, most nutrient-dense superfoods from the far reaches of Mother Earth, we often overlook the basic, easy-to-find options that are already right in front of us.” And while I do enjoy my raw cacao and goji berries, I do try to incorporate the forgotten superfoods into my everyday diet.
This dark green veggie is one of our best natural sources of vitamin C and K—and some research shows broccoli is an important food source for those taking vitamin D supplements since broccoli’s nutrients are the ideal combination to keep vitamin D metabolism in balance.
Even if the names of essential nutrients don’t easily roll off your tongue, most people know bananas are an excellent source of the important electrolyte potassium. Our bodies need potassium to help regulate blood pressure, help our muscles move and improve nerve signals. Bananas (especially ones that are still a little green) are also an excellent source of resistant starch, a type of fibrous starch that is not digested, but research shows could be an effective component for weight loss and balancing blood sugar.
Try it: Pineapple Green Smoothie.
A superfood is named such because you can get a big nutrient bang without having to eat buckets of the stuff. Perhaps there’s no better example than plain ol’ spinach—a handful added to a smoothie, sautéed for a side dish or stirred into pasta can greatly up your day’s nutrition. Spinach is consistently ranked at the top of lists for foods with nutrient richness—just 1 cup contains impressive amounts of 23 vitamins and minerals.
Try it: Green Chia Pudding.
Nutritional information for this post was supplied by Delicious Living and the New Hope Network. I am proud to be a New Hope Blogger and have the opportunity to share the valuable information I learn with you!
If you are interested in learning more about forgotten superfoods, check out these resources with affiliate links I am providing for your convenience:
- Superfoods: What are Superfoods? The Whole Truth About the Dietary Revolution of Superfoods (This Kindle book was free when I purchased it!)
- Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future by David Wolfe
- Superfoods 24/7: More Than 100 Easy and Inspired Recipes to Enjoy the World’s Most Nutritious Foods at Every Meal, Every Day by Jessica Nadel
- Top 50 Most Delicious Broccoli Recipes (Superfood Recipes Book 10)
- Top 50 Most Delicious Spinach Recipes (Superfood Recipes Book 1)
What other ingredients do you consider forgotten superfoods? Please let me know in the comments!
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