SiX SuperFoODS for a SUPER YOU

What you put in your body (your diet) is just as important as what you do with your body (exercising). If you want to lose weight and build muscle, you need a lot of dedication and a fully thought-out diet. Luckily, you can use superfood help you ease into a healthier lifestyle. These are food loaded with nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Here are some common superfoods to help you become a super you.

1. Oats

If you're trying to be healthy and are actively working towards losing weight and building muscle, oats are a nutritious source of carbohydrates because they're low in sugar, unlike other carbs like bread or pasta. They're also a good source of fiber, which can help lower cholesterol, prevent heart disease, and regularize your bowel movements. You can have oats in the morning as a replacement to sugary cereals, or you can cheat a little and pack them into oatmeal cookies with low fat ingredients for a less guilty treat.

2. Blueberries

Blueberries are often considered the start of the superfood trend. This isn’t much of a surprise, as they were found early on to be an exceptional source of antioxidants. Aside from antioxidants, blueberries are a good source of vitamin K, vitamin C, fiber, and manganese. They’re also low in caloric content, meaning you can eat a bunch without putting on the pounds. You can add them to oats to spice up your breakfast, or to low-fat yogurt for a healthy mid-afternoon snack.

3. Eggs

Eggs often get a bad reputation of being oily and unhealthy, especially in its sunny side up version. In reality, eggs are a great source of protein. If you’re trying to build some muscle, eggs can help you bulk up after a good workout. Don’t be put off by how they’re often cooked in the morning; eggs can also be prepared in a number of ways that don’t involve oil, such as boiling or poaching them. They contain 12 vitamins and minerals, and can easily be brought around as an easy-to-eat snack.

4. Yogurt

Yogurt is full of probiotics – microorganisms that have various health benefits when eaten. Probiotics can help aid digestion. They can also reduce the risk of several risk factors for cardiovascular disease, intestinal cancers and childhood respiratory infections. They can even help prevent tooth decay. With low-fat and sugar free yogurt options available, yogurt is already a healthy food that is also weight conscious. Mix it with fresh fruits or oats for a small snack, or blend it into a smoothie to make a boosting shake that you can drink at any time of the day.

5. Green Coffee Beans

While regular coffee has been shown to have multiple benefits when taken in moderation, its cousin, green coffee (coffee made from raw green coffee beans) can help in weight loss, has strong anti-inflammatory properties, and has antioxidants as well. Green coffee beans aren’t roasted, and as a result retain chlorogenic acid usually destroyed by the roasting process, and have lower caffeine content. Chlorogenic acid increases the body’s ability metabolize fat, while keeping your blood from absorbing too much sugar. Unfortunately, green coffee beans don’t brew into the black coffee that we all know and love, but it can be a taste you learn to appreciate in the name of health.

6. Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is one of the most popular superfoods because it tastes so guiltlessly good. Not only is it packed with antioxidants, but it can also lower your blood pressure. The reason dark chocolate is so healthy is because of its cocoa content. Dark chocolate has a higher cocoa content than milk chocolate and white chocolate, meaning less processed dairy and lower sugar content. With a controlled amount of dark chocolate, you can satisfy your sweet tooth while being conscious of what you’re putting into your body. Just make sure you look for dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 60% or higher; the higher the cocoa content, the better.

While superfoods can be great for your health, what’s important is that you get a varied, healthy diet. It isn’t enough to just eat blueberries all day. Instead, make sure that you eat a variety of foods that you know are good for your body; proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Building a super you is easy if you give yourself the food your body needs and deserves.