10 Top Superfoods

by Mama Chocolate on April 26, 2012

Blueberries – Packed with flavonoids, antioxidants, and a myriad of beneficial vitamins and minerals, blueberries are often hailed as one of the very best superfoods. They are known to fight cancer and improve memory function.

Tomatoes - High in vitamins A & C, potassium, beta-carotene, lycopene and fiber. They are known to help protect against breast, cervical, stomach and other cancers and slow tumor growth.

Garlic - Helpful for lowering blood pressure, garlic is also anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. Its uses for natural remedies to common ailments are extensive and its cheap and readily available almost everywhere. I keep fresh, minced garlic in the freezer to make it easier to incorporate into our menu.

Eggs - Economical, (especially if you own too many hens and have eggs coming out your ears, *ahem*) versatile, high in protein and packed with 12 vitamins and minerals, eggs are a great choice for your menu. Eggs contain cholin, which aids brain development and memory. Boiled eggs make a handy, nutritious snack!

Acai Berries – High in fiber and protein, yet low in sugar content, the acai berry grows in the Amazonian rainforests of Brazil. Packed with antioxidants, which help to reduce blood pressure and slow aging, research on the acai berry is still fairly limited, but experts see huge potential in this fruit and some are already beginning to promote an acai diet.

Salmon - High in omega-3 fatty acids, a good source of iron, and provides vitamins A, B6, B12, and D. Salmon makes a great meal for those trying to lose weight, since it’s a lean protein that is low in calories (200 in 3 ounces.)

Spinach - Reduces high blood-pressure, helps to guard against macular degeneration, and is high in vitamin K, C, and A, iron, magnesium, calcium and zinc. Easily get a serving of raw spinach by adding it to your breakfast smoothie.

Citrus - Oranges, grapefruits, tangerines and beyond, citrus fruits are packed with vitamin C, essential for fighting off colds, and are known to have a detoxifying effect on the body.

Broccoli - Rich in vitamins A, C, and K, broccoli is another cancer-fighting superfood. You’ll get the most nutritional benefits by eating it raw or lightly steamed.

Kale - With it’s anti-inflammatory capabilities, kale is an excellent choice for those with joint injuries or pain, and it’s proven to drastically reduce the risk of many forms of cancers when eaten on a regular basis. If you don’t care for its flavor, try adding it to  soups or green smoothies.

 

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Danielle H April 26, 2012 at 8:56 am

I’ll be honest I had never even heard of acai berries before….. so I think for another post you should blog some recipes on how to incorporate these foods into your diet. Just a thought, hehe.
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Full Time Mama April 26, 2012 at 8:56 am

I like most of those, and eat quite a few of them regularly… :) Thanks for sharing what they do for my health… Now I feel even better about eating them! ;)
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Kay M. April 26, 2012 at 8:56 am

Love the egg crack (yes, that I meant that little pun!) ! I totally know what you mean. We eat eggs in everything, and I am still selling alot too!
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Skye Moyer April 26, 2012 at 8:57 am

I eat blueberries and tomatoes all the time :)
That means Im super- but you already knew that ;)
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Jenilee April 26, 2012 at 8:58 am

Yay! I eat all except the Kale! Never tried kale, not sure if I’d like it.
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Amy April 26, 2012 at 9:10 am

Im so excited that eggs were on the list… now i dont feel bad eating one a day! Lol… and Chocolate covered Acai Berries… YUMMY (get them at costco or sams or something like that)

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Rachel April 26, 2012 at 9:45 am

I actually eat most of this stuff! Not necessarily on a regular basis, but I could for sure add more to my diet.

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Veronica April 26, 2012 at 9:46 am

Lycopene comes out more in tomatoes if you cook them :) Also, spinach has folate which helps repair cancer cells. Collard greens are great for detoxing the body :)

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Danielle @ We Have It All April 26, 2012 at 10:01 am

LOVE all of these things, but the Kale I have never tried. Oh and the acai berries I have never actually bought fresh. I’ve bought other things *with* acai berries but never the berries alone. This is a great post, very informative, thanks!
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Stacie April 26, 2012 at 11:14 am

I’ve never tried acai berries, but I’ve eaten the rest of the foods on that list. A lot of people I know swear by kale chips!
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Nicole @ Some Call It Natural April 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm

We add spinach to our smoothies too!
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Janelle Prentice April 26, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Well, I eat half the foods on the list regularly! I need to try Kale out- I’m always afraid to try out new veggies.
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Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies April 27, 2012 at 6:41 am

I try to eat as many superfoods as I can each day, but sometimes it’s hard! I love the idea of keeping minced garlic in the freezer!
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Mimi April 27, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I need to write all those down and find recipes to put them in!! Healthy ones of course! =)
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Allison April 29, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Great selection of superfoods. <3 I love most of them! Kale makes great chips/crisps and salmon is sooo yummy.
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Rachel April 29, 2012 at 7:32 pm

We do a great job of eating all those. Except Acai Berries. I have never tried them.
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Shell Fruscione April 29, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Ooh, I actually LIKE some of those! Now I just have to start eating them more. :)
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RJ April 30, 2012 at 6:38 am

I actually eat all of those, but Aci berries and salmon. I eat wolfberries instead of Aci berries and I am vegan so I don’t eat meat. :) Thanks for sharing the list! It is great to know that my diet is mostly healthy! :D
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Kathleen April 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I just had roasted garlic on my pizza, does that count? Garlic Yum!
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Kristin Wheeler (MamaLuvsBooks) April 30, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Thanks for the list. I LOVE Superfoods! Tweeting this out!
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Danielle April 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Mmmm! I love superfoods :) We have a handful of each of these a week.
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Keith Townsend April 30, 2012 at 10:07 pm

I eat everyone of these foods constantly! I have eased back off of eggs. I would add Chia to this superfood list and rank it number one. Not all Chia however. The one to eat if you want the best chia is called Mila. Incredible product with 3000 mg of Plant based Omega 3′s! Healthies whole raw food one earth. Acai berries are one of my faves too, especially Sambazons brand. Great post, thx!

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gina mihalik salter November 27, 2012 at 8:03 pm

I would love some cheaper, easier recipes using these super foods. Anyone have any resources?

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Melanie November 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm

My family loves spinach and broccoli! Yay for superfoods!

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