Fit guys know the basics about building a great diet. Lean meats like fish and chicken breast are a must. Vegetables and fruits should be eaten in abundance. And there’s probably a protein powder in the mix. However, there’s a host of superfoods that can help you achieve your nutritional goals with little fuss. The beauty of most superfoods is that they can be consumed in small portions and often serve as additives to foods you’re already eating. There are several out there but the following 5 should be added to your diet today.
If you’re a smoothie drinker, you’ve probably noticed flaxseeds as a common ingredient or optional add-on from the menu. Flax is the seed of a Mediterranean flowering plant and first gained popularity for its ability to lower cholesterol levels. However, flaxseeds are also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help fight heart disease, cancer, diabetes and depression. They’re sold in seed form or as a powder or oil.
Chances are you’ve seen a hardcore health enthusiast throw back a green shot of wheatgrass and wondered why someone would torture themselves. However, a daily shot of wheatgrass is anything but torture. Pulled from the wheat plant, wheatgrass is chock full of nutrients: Vitamins A, C and E, iron, calcium and magnesium. If you’re looking for a quick way to get a nutritional boost, this is the answer.
Sweet potatoes are one of the foundational veggies of the Paleo Diet. The sweet alternative to regular potatoes is filled with Beta carotene, which fights off cancer as well as premature aging effects. Sweet potatoes also contain strong sources of potassium, fiber and Vitamins C and B-6. Not to mention, they taste great with both sweet and savory preparations.
Another Paleo Diet staple, almonds are a tiny little nut with supersized nutritional value. They have more calcium than any other nut on the market—23 mg. One serving of almonds also contains 15% of your daily Vitamin E dosage. They’re even a great source of protein. And as if that wasn’t enough, almonds are a great way to get monounsaturated fat, which boosts your healthy cholesterol.
To many, broccoli rabe seems like a gourmet side dish reserved for fine dining. But don’t discount this as a frivolous appetizer. Broccoli rabe is another small food that generates big results. It’s a significant source of Vitamins C, K and A as well as iron, fiber, potassium and calcium. This translates to strong bones, slower aging and protection against cancer and heart problems. It also has antioxidants that help protect your eyes from UV rays. Broccoli rabe just might be the most heroic of the superfoods on this list.
As a person leading a healthy lifestyle, you already understand the basics of building a meal plan that prolongs your life while also fueling your workouts. But it’s never too late to add in some superfoods that can take your health and performance to the next level.