Tired of the superfood trends and fads that are here today, gone tomorrow? Don’t worry! We are too, and that’s why Emily is back today with a post sharing her tips on how to make nutrition easy and accessible!
Simplicity Over Superfoods: Making Nutrition Easy and Accessible
By: Emily J.
If you are here, visiting this blog, you probably have some intention of improving your health in one way or another. You probably have also read many other blog post, on how “Superfoods” can help you reach those health goals.
As an individual invested in nutrition and health, I have seen many popular superfoods come and go.
Remember the kale craze? The wheat grass fad? The goji berry hype? Me too. There always seems to be new trendy superfood taking the media by storm, but what even is a superfood?
There is no one agreed upon definition of a superfood. It is not a term generally used by scientists, doctors, or dietitians, but instead is nomenclature used as a marketing tool by the media. In general, superfoods are thought of as foods with a particularly high nutrient density, meaning that a small amount of the food packs a large punch when it comes to vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.
So yes, superfoods are “healthy”, but they are not limited to the foods advertised on the side of Facebook.
Many of the foods already in your kitchen could be considered superfoods. Berries, beans, nuts, seeds, salmon, dark leafy greens, winter squash, and sweet potatoes are all superfoods.
So what does this mean for your diet?
It means that your diet should be composed primarily of SIMPLE, whole foods.
Yes, superfoods can be included, but there is no reason to break the bank on whatever fad food is emerging at the moment.
Because there are so many different sources out there telling us what the best diet is, nutrition can seem very complicated, but it does not have to be. You likely already know the principles of a healthy diet, but I will refresh your memory below with some simple guidelines and “superfood” containing recipes that can help you easily incorporate these guidelines into your life.
5 Simple Tips to Lead a Healthy Life
- Fill at least half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Cooked, raw, blended, however you like them.
- Include whole grains daily
- Balance your plate with protein, fats, and carbs
- Eat a variety of colors at each meal
- Choose simple recipes and products containing as few ingredients as possible. *When you are looking at processed foods try and choose options with 8 or less ingredients that can alls be pronounced.
Hopefully these tips help simplify your outlook on food, and make the process of shopping, cooking and eating less overwhelming.
I will leave you with some famous words of my idol, Michael Pollen “eat food, not too much, mostly plants”.