If you've heard the term super foods, you may not know what that truly means. In this edition of Wellness, Jill Urban tells us what they are and why they offer so many benefits.
"Super foods are awesome because they are a big bite of multitasking for the body. They basically provide a slew of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants and they pretty much do it in a way where they balance out the body without effecting your hormonal levels," said Dasha Libin, a sports and nutrition expert.
One of Libin's top picks is blueberries.
She said, "Blueberries make it on the list if superfoods every year. Doctors and nutritionists rave about them and they do that because of the antioxidants, and that’s what most people know them for. But many neglect to realize there are also high levels of anti-inflammatory agents. So you can do a workout and if you want fast recovery so you can come back strong the next day, have some blueberries and boom, anti-inflammatory."
As for greens, these days kale is popular, but she Libin said spinach is easier to digest. It’s packed with vitamin C, E and K, and is loaded with antioxidants. However, it's also high in iron.
Eggs are another super food.
"Eggs are awesome I absolutely love them. Egg whites, 17 calories and 4 grams of protein, it can definitely fill your protein requirement if you have a few of them and you don’t have to worry about it," said Libin. "They are also fat free, low calorie and awesome for you. The actual egg has 72 calories in it because of the yolk, but the yolk is an important piece because it's one of the only natural sources of vitamin D you can find in your food."
Another super food that doesn’t always make the list is peppers. Libin says this is the perfect finger food because its high water content will fill you up, yet they are low in calories. Many people don’t realize that they pack twice as much vitamin C as an orange.
Almonds are another smart choice. They are great for satiety as long as you portion control them. They offer a good source of healthy fat and are high in potassium and magnesium.
Avocados are another food that are high in good fat.
"Most people are scared of avocado because they think they are fattening, but they are not," said Libin. "They actually have a good source of fat, mono-saturated fat and that fat fights insulin levels. So it helps prevent fat storage. Half an avocado is about 140 calories. Totally doable and much better than an energy bar."
Those are just a few examples of some foods that really pack a healthy punch, and can be super additions to your diet.