Incorporating so-called superfoods into your diet is always advisable, and there are several that are inexpensive and tasty. Here are some top picks that have guaranteed health benefits due to the vitamins and minerals that they deliver.
One of the fun things about yogurt is that it comes in dozens of flavors, and you can try all sorts of delicious additives on it, so it never gets boring. It’s good for either a leisurely breakfast or if you’re running late in the morning you can always grab one and dash for the door. Yogurt is so valuable to humans because it contains probiotics, what you might have heard of as “good bacteria.” These keep our guts healthy. It has lots of calcium that is needed for bone strength and density. You’re also getting vitamin B12, zinc, riboflavin, potassium, and phosphorus. Greek yogurt has even more protein than the regular variety, but try to avoid the ones that are artificially flavored with excess sugar.
A building block of the human diet for all of recorded history, oats are an easy way to get a lot of your daily fiber intake. Studies show that many adults don’t get as much soluble fiber as they need, which can lead to digestive problems. Oats are a whole grain, which makes them healthier for us, and if you get them plain, they don’t have any added sugar. There are virtually limitless ways to prepare them, too. There are oatcake recipes that are nutritious and filling. You can add them to yogurt, or you can mix them with peanut butter for a lunchtime high-energy protein-and-fiber combination that won’t give you an energy crash later in the afternoon.
Many kids won’t eat broccoli, but hopefully by adulthood they’ve learned to appreciate it. Broccoli is a powerhouse vegetable, with vitamin K as well as A and C. Vitamin K helps with bone health. What makes broccoli unique among the possible vegetable side dishes is its high concentration of sulforaphane, an isothiocyanate. These is a vital cancer-fighting agent that stimulates detoxifying enzymes throughout the human body.
Integrate these foods into your diet without delay and you’ll be the best possible version of yourself. We’re only as good as the fuel that we ingest, so make healthy choices. You’ll be the optimal weight, and you won’t get sick as often.