It's a bird...It's a plane...No! It's SUPERFOOD!
The word superfood is popping up everywhere lately, from wellness news to product packaging. So what exactly does this mean and where do we find them?
There's actually no scientific or official definition for the term superfood - it simply refers to foods that are extra-packed with nutrients and minerals that our bodies love. They are known to be high in antioxidants, boost immunity and help prevent disease. Best of all - they can be found easily at your local grocery.
Some examples of superfoods are-
Think about watering a plant that is in a pot with holes in the bottom. You can water the plant religiously, but the water will always drain out of the bottom of the pot and the plant will be left undernourished. This same principal applies to eating foods with low nutrient value - you can eat and eat and eat but never feel satisfied because your body is hungry for what it truly needs.
When considering what to eat, I try to think about the ratio of calories to nutrients. Are these empty calories? Will I feel satisfied after I eat this? What nutrient need will this food fulfill for me today? Superfoods are known to be low calorie and high nutrient - making them an excellent addition to your diet.
Try incorporating more of these into your meals and tell me what you think!
Running on the treadmill can be a total struggle for me, so when I'm feeling unmotivated I turn to structured runs to help keep me focused.
This 40-min tush-toning treadmill workout is one of my go-to's. The quick intervals (3 min high-incline walk + 1 min low incline sprint) keep me engaged and focused...and I always feel it the next day. Don't have 40 min? Condense it to 20 or 30 - make it work for YOU.
Get ready to earn the burn! (and don't forget to stretch after!)
With benefits like strong bones, regulation of blood pressure, and cancer prevention - calcium is a vital part of our daily diet. Recommended daily calcium intake is 1,000mg PER DAY for adults.
So if calcium is proven to be so important to our health - how can we ensure we're getting enough? Most of us look to dairy products as our main source of calcium, but as a "non-dairy person", I look to other sources to fulfill my body's requirements - and there are plenty! Did you know that there's just as much calcium in 1 cup of figs as there is in a cup of milk?
See below for a list of other foods that you might not have guessed are rich in calcium.
Instead of turning to supplements or high dairy intake - try incorporating one of these into your diet this month.
The more you know!
*Source. All for serving size of 1 cup.