Food for Thought: Superfoods

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The Best Superfoods for Seniors

You have probably heard the term “superfood” by now and might have read the buzz about how amazing these foods are for your health and well-being. There is no actual scientific definition of a superfood, but the truth is, these foods are ultra healthy and thus, the name fits.

Superfoods contain high levels of vitamins and minerals that are needed for your body to function at its best. They can also be a great source of antioxidants that help shield your body from cell damage and help prevent disease.

Some superfoods are common everyday foods, but there are also lesser known superfoods that can be easily incorporated into your meals or snacks. Take a look at some of Vista Prairie Communities’ favorite superfoods to help you make healthy choices for you and your loved ones.

Avocados. This fruit, yes, we said fruit, is chock full of potassium. It helps fight muscle cramps, decrease inflammation and improve cholesterol levels. Spread it on toast, toss in a salad, or use in place of mayo on your next burger.

Blueberries. Thanks to flavonoids, the natural compounds that protect the brain’s memory cells, blueberries can help to preserve memory function! Not to mention they are high in water, which helps protect and hydrate skin.

Chia seeds. Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and calcium. The tiny seeds have a tasty nutty flavor and add a good crunch to salads, oatmeal or smoothies.

Kale. It’s no secret leafy greens are great for your health, but kale offers awesome benefits beyond your garden lettuce. It’s great for your bones, keeps your skin healthy and amps up your immune system with its high levels of calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C and antioxidants. Make kale your go-to snack; toss with a little seasoning and oil and bake.

Salmon. Another food known for its omega-3 fatty acids, salmon helps prevent macular degeneration, loss of vision and fatigue of the eyes. It also improves memory and can act as an antidepressant.

Acai. A small purple berry, acai contains very high levels of antioxidants. Buy unsweetened frozen acai that you can blend together with other fruits and ingredients to make a delicious drink or smoothie.

Kefir. It tastes like yogurt, but is made from fermented milk. Kefir gives your immune system a boost and aids in good digestive help thanks to its probiotics.

Spinach. Like kale, this deep, dark green is filled with vitamins C and A and actually contains more fiber than kale. We recommend steaming or boiling your spinach to get even more antioxidants.

Pistachios. A handful will give you more than 10 percent of the daily recommended amount of protein! Pistachios also offer a heaping dose of fiber.

 

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