Can Superfoods Make You a Superhuman?


Superfoods. Sounds like something superheroes eat to get their superpowers. But no, superfoods are for us mere mortals! The term is thrown around a lot in the food industry these days, but the bottom line is eating food super-packed with good-for-you nutrients is good for everyone. Superfoods include seeds such as chia, flax and hemp, fruits such as acai, goji berry and blueberry and various other whole foods found in nature such as raw cacao, coconut, seaweed and more. A food is generally considered "super" if it's low in calorie, high in fiber and packed with antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.

Certain superfoods can be particularly helpful in getting the most out of our workouts. It's incredibly important for all of us to stay active and incorporate moving and exercising into our healthy routines. I find a big difference in my endurance, stamina and energy when I workout depending on what I eat. The superfoods I rely on to boost my performance are:

  • Chia Seeds: They contain enough omega-3 fatty acids and all 20 amino acids to keep you right on track, running or otherwise. Use as a topping for oatmeal or salads or mix into baked goods.
  • Kale: This popular green is loaded with fiber and nutrients, to lower blood cholesterol levels, and vitamin K, to help support bone strength. Munch on kale chips or serve raw as a salad with avocado dressing.
  • Walnuts: An omega-3 hotshot, walnuts are a great addition to any meal (like oatmeal and salads), thanks to their healthy fats and tasty crunch.
  • Banana: A perfect portion of smart carbs to boost energy levels with the added benefit of potassium. Add sliced banana to Greek yogurt for a filling, nutrient-rich breakfast or mid-afternoon snack.

Whether you enjoy running, spinning, yoga, weight-training, sports or any other type of exercise, we are all living active lifestyles these days and need proper nutrients to fuel our bodies right. Superfoods are a great way to get enough of those nutrients. To find products made with superfood ingredients that actually meet high nutritional standards, check out our Best Superfood Products Guide. Fuel your body right and you can become a super-human version of yourself!

Heather Bauer, RD CDN
Heather Bauer, RD CDN


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