Source: Marilyn Barbone
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the idea of spending long hours cooking when pre-prepared food is so readily available. Between social obligations, our jobs, and the need to take some time for ourselves, it’s difficult to find the time to make a meal, much less make sure that meal is healthy.
Despite what it may seem like, eating whole nutritious foods doesn’t have to be a challenge. There are several nutrient-dense foods available in your neighborhood grocery store, and with a little planning, you can put these superfoods to work for you.
Incorporating these foods into your diet will give you more energy and improve your general level of health — and they’re delicious too.
1. Whole Eggs
Eggs are likely the most inexpensive superfood available, but also one of the most misunderstood.
People tend to be misinformed about whole eggs being unhealthy due to their relatively high fat content. This misconception makes some people stick to egg whites, but whole eggs contain several nutrients such as Omega 3 fats that provide several cardiovascular and other health benefits.
Purchase a dozen eggs for two dollars, hardboil them, and have snacks on hand for days at a time. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=104.
Avocados are known as “nature’s butter” due to their creamy, spreadable texture.
Although avocados have relatively high fat content, they contain a vast array of nutrients. Oleic acid, folate, Vitamin E, and healthy monounsaturated fats are just a few of the vitamins and minerals avocados contain.
Avocados also help prevent chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and brain diseases.
In moderation, nuts are one of the healthiest snacks found in nature, and the almond is considered the king of nuts due to its nutrient dense profile.
Almonds contain healthy monounsaturated fats, as well as vitamin E and magnesium.
Almonds also stave off hunger and provide an immediate energy boost, so feel free to go nuts!
4. Acai Berries
Acai berries are low in calories and are known for their vast array of nutrients, including fiber, iron, calcium, vitamin A, and various anthocyanins.
These berries also contain high amounts of antioxidants proven to aide in preventing heart disease, cancer, and strokes https://nccih.nih.gov/health/acai/ataglance.htm.
Quinoa is a circular grain with a rice-like consistency. What separates quinoa from other grains is its higher protein and fiber content.
Quinoa is filled with nutrients that put rice and potatoes to shame. What’s great about quinoa is that its neutral taste is not overpowering, allowing it to be paired with just about any type of food.
6. Wild Salmon
Fish oil is often taken on its own as a supplement, but why take the pill version when you can have the whole thing? Salmon has a high Omega 3 fat content, making it a great source of protein that may aide in preventing heart disease and other chronic illnesses.
Furthermore, salmon is easy to cook as it only needs to be lightly seared, preserving its naturally buttery taste.
Forget those overly-processed, artificial, sugar-dense, fatty foods from the grocery store. To stick to a well-balanced diet stay away from the center portions of the grocery store (the part filled with packaged refined sugars and fats) and instead opt for the options above for a long, healthy, sustainable lifestyle that lowers your risk for disease and enriches life.