You’ve likely heard the term “superfood” before, but what exactly does it mean? What superpower do superfoods have and how can you incorporate them into your family’s diet? Superfoods are foods that pack an extra nutritional punch – they are loaded with nutrients and have relatively few calories. In other words, they are nutrient-dense. These foods are great for the whole family, especially your growing little ones!
Some people think superfoods are expensive or contain exotic ingredients, but that’s not the case. In reality, all fruits and vegetables could be considered superfoods as they are vitally important to our overall health and well-being. While there are many different foods that qualify as superfoods, here are a few of my favorites that are both widely available and affordable:
- Sweet potatoes – One of the healthiest vegetables you can eat, sweet potatoes provide a wide array of vitamins and minerals that help the immune system, skin and eyes. Roasted sweet potatoes make a wonderful snack or side dish for an easy, healthy meal.
- Broccoli – Packed with vitamins and minerals, broccoli also contains nutrients that may help your body turn on its own natural detoxifying enzymes. Broccoli can be steamed and served on its own, or sprinkled with a little cheese sauce to entice picky eaters. It is also a great ingredient for pasta dishes or even breads.
- Berries, particularly blueberries – One of nature’s nutrient powerhouses, berries (the darker the color, the better) help with memory and may lower bad cholesterol. Blueberries, whether they are frozen or fresh, can be used as a topping for cereal, mixed into yogurt parfaits or added to fruit smoothies.
You can create healthy family meals around superfoods using a “dinner bar” concept. Make one superfood the star of the show and put out a variety of ingredients for everyone to build their meal how they want it. My family enjoys a baked sweet potato bar with toppings such as black beans (arguably another superfood for their fiber and protein), broccoli and shredded cheese. For dessert, we serve vanilla yogurt topped with blueberries and a dash of cinnamon.
Try serving your family superfood-style! Many superfoods, like those mentioned above and in this blog post, require minimal preparation and you’ll feel great knowing you’ve provided your family with something truly super for them.
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