The term "superfoods" refers to foods which are extremely nutrient dense and really, really good for us. It is a term that in not official, and the list varies. There are however many such foods which most nutrition specialists will agree on.
Raw kale is by far the most nutritious and always makes the list. As do some of the other dark, green leafy vegetables such as mustard greens, turnip greens, watercress, and collard greens. These foods receive a 1000 ANDI (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index) score by Dr. Joel Fuhrman in his book "Eat for Health".
Give Yourself A Boost With Superfoods!
If you want to keep your energy level, and mental clarity up try this. Eat healthy meals made from superfoods, eat small portions, and eat more often. This will keep energy levels more even, and regulate your blood sugar levels avoiding spikes and dips. When you choose the right combination of superfoods, your body gets the much-needed boost it needs to sustain itself properly. Stop eating high sugar junk foods and stop drinking high sugar sodas, juices, and caffeinated drinks. Instead drink water and plenty of it. You can also drink anti-oxidant rich green tea.
Always near the top of the superfood list is raw spinach. It scored 739 on the ANDI. Brussel sprouts usually are included among the highly nutritious foods, and they score a 672 ANDI. Blueberries are known for their antioxidant abundance while carrots and carrot juice are highly regarded for their cancer fighting properties.
Apricots and Almonds provide a high amount of vitamin A, iron protein and dietary fiber, especially when eaten together. Both foods are low in sodium and cholesterol. Apricots are a great source of potassium, which is in addition to the benefits mentioned above, is also important in regulating your body's fluid balance. The vitamin A in apricots contributes to healthy vision, bone growth, and helps fight infection.
Fresh fruit with skins or seeds like peaches, apples, pears, oranges, and strawberries are a great source of fiber, as well as vitamins. Peaches have plenty of dietary fiber, potassium, Vitamin A and beta carotene, high amounts of vitamin C, and niacin. Niacin is important for providing energy for cell tissue growth. Potassium helps maintain the electrical stability of the cells of your heart and nervous system, and is also important for cell growth.
Enjoy carrots and sesame sticks. They provide fiber, vitamin C, folate, which is vitamin B9, vitamin B6, potassium, iron, copper, and beta carotene. Beta carotene helps fight heart disease and some types of cancer. Vitamin A is important for healthy skin, better night vision, and to fight respiratory problems as well as infection. Folate is essential for helping to form red blood cells and break down proteins. It also plays a key role in cell growth and division.
Raisins are a low-fat, low-sodium, and low-cholesterol snack with significant amounts of potassium, phosphorus, copper, and iron. Mix raisins with low-fat yogurt to get riboflavin, which is vitamin B2, and vitamin B12, as well as calcium. Calcium not only helps with bone health, but your heart as well.
Remember, to always be at your peak drink plenty of water, avoid the sugary junk, and eat small meals made from superfoods throughout the day!