As part of a healthy, active lifestyle, nutrient-dense superfoods offer extra health benefits. They can protect your body from disease, help you build healthy bones and even improve your memory.
Making an effort to include more servings of these nutrient-packed fruits and veggies in your diet doesn’t have to be a chore. Armed with some yummy superfood recipes, you can incorporate more of these super healthy foods in your day to day.
Superfood Shopping Tips
These ingredients are all pretty easy to find at the grocery store, and with a little know-how, you can save some money and protect your health even more. Below are some shopping tips for finding these superfoods.
Blueberries: Conventionally grown blueberries are heavy on the pesticide residues and the real trouble is that those pesticides are inside the fruit, so you can’t wash them off. Make sure you’re choosing organic blueberries for the maximum health benefit.
Pomegranate Seeds: Some stores sell pomegranate seeds on their own, but if you’re buying a whole pomegranate, you might find you have trouble seeding it the first time out. Check out this video for a less-mess method to get at those yummy pomegranate seeds.
Chia Seeds: This might be the trickiest ingredient to find. If your grocery store doesn’t have chia seeds, check our local health food store or co-op. The trick to saving money on chia seeds is to skip the supplement aisle, where they’re pre-packaged and grossly overpriced. Instead, head to the bulk bins, where you can get a big bag of chia seeds for just a few dollars.
Quinoa: Just like chia seeds, you can save a bundle if you buy your quinoa in bulk. I know folks think of health food stores and co-ops as more expensive, but it’s worth a trip to those bulk bins for the money you’ll save on grains, nuts and seeds.
Here are our favorite 10 superfood recipes. They’re healthy, vegan and super easy.
1. Quinoa Superfood Salad: This salad is good hot or cold and it includes four of the superfoods listed above.
2. Blueberry Salsa: Fruit salsas make a yummy sauce for savory dishes or work well just like tomato-based salsa with some chips for dipping.
5. Best Damn Guacamole Ever: I know, you probably already have a guac recipe in your arsenal, but this one from Jerry James Stone at Treehugger is too delicious not to share.
6. Avocado Corn Cups: This avocado recipe is easy to put together and oh-so-satisfying.
8. Beet and Pomegranate Salad: This recipe calls for Sambal Ulek, an Indonesian chili sauce. If you can’t find it, Sriracha should do the trick.
9. Quinoa Vegetable Paella: Rice, schmice! Quinoa is a perfect base for a tasty paella.
10. Blueberry, Kale and Quinoa Salad with Fresh Blueberry Vinaigrette: Another tasty quinoa salad that’s full of superfood ingredients.