Most of us know that we should eat more fruits and vegetables and less sugary or fatty foods. However, we usually let healthy eating fall by the wayside as we try to cram dinner at the drive-thru in between work and the kids’ football practices. Even if you do forego the drive-thru for a healthy, homemade dinner, there are a lot of healthy superfoods you probably aren’t eating. They don’t have to be difficult to prepare or difficult to find, and in fact can be added into many of the dishes you already make without being noticed and avoided by the kids! Here are the 3 healthiest foods you’re probably not eating:
We have heard this time and time again: eat more leafy greens. But adding a tiny iceberg salad to your dinner entree isn’t really adding any amount of health benefits. Spinach, kale, and broccoli rabe are some great leafy greens that can add a power-packed burst of vitamins and antioxidants to your meal. Sauteed in olive oil or simply eaten raw as a side salad, these leafy greens are nutrient dense but calorie lean.
Seaweed, Kelp, and a variety of other sea-growing plants are not only edible, but delicious! These underwater delicacies are super-filled with vitamins, trace minerals, and antioxidants. They can be eaten in the form of dried chips, or in many cases they are already ground or pulverized into condiment shakers to be sprinkled on foods. They are an extremely easy way to add a lot of flavor and nutrients to your diet.
Flax seeds are filled with Omega-3 fatty acids, as well as other anti-inflammatories, antioxidants, and much-needed fiber. Flax can come in many forms such as oil, seeds, or powders. Pour a bit of flax oil over a leafy green salad for a light, delicious, and slightly sweet dressing. Add a sprinkling of flax seeds to the top of a whole grain bagel, or sprinkle some flax powder in oatmeal or even on top of peanut butter for a giant boost of healthy vitamins and antioxidants.
Even the healthiest diets can be lacking in some key ingredients. By adding some of these healthy superfoods to your diet, you can get an added boost of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and reap the health benefits of a super-charged diet.