5 Superfoods to Eat this Spring
In the winter months, it can be difficult to maintain energy and motivation. After indulging in comfort foods and lazy weekends on the couch, it’s time to get ready for spring and kick start the body for a more energetic and active season. Check out our 5 favorite superfoods to launch you into the spring and improve your overall health and wellness.
As the weather changes from cold to warm, the possibility of sickness skyrockets. Why not keep yourself healthy with a morning mug of bone broth? Bone broth is highly immune boosting, and as an added bonus, it’s amazing for your skin, hair, nails, joints, and digestion. Also, it’s important to continue incorporating warm foods into your diet in a season when people tend to start craving more cold and raw foods. High in collagen, glutamine, glycine and proline, bone broth can really reset the body for a new season.
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Acai berries have been all the rage for a few years, but recently trendy juice bars and coffee shops have added acai bowls packed with fruits, nuts, and seeds to their menus as well. Acai berries are extremely heart healthy and energy boosting and will improve your vitality throughout the spring season when people are spending more time outdoors and becoming active again after a slow and sleepy winter. Best of all, acai berries improve the function of your brain, helping you focus for long shifts at work, still leaving you plenty of energy to socialize with friends and stay active for springtime fun.
Many people have gotten on board with the amazing beauty benefits of using coconut oil topically to improve the look of skin and hair, but incorporating coconut oil into your diet is super healthy too! Consuming coconut oil raw or cooking with it is considerably better than using other oils in your diet. It’s an extremely versatile oil that is easy to digest, great for improving your blood pressure, and excellent in preventing heart disease and cancer. Perhaps its biggest draw, though, is that your body doesn’t store coconut oil as fat, so it’s the absolute best oil for your metabolism in the spring season. And as an added tip, coconut oil will carry you right into the summer because it’s highly cooling when used topically or ingested.
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As superfoods go, quinoa is perhaps the one that consumers are most curious about because they know so little about it. Quinoa is an amazing side-dish or salad topper to incorporate into your diet as a replacement for starchy sides like rice and pasta that tend to make people feel sluggish. Quinoa is a protein-packed, high-fiber power food that is rich in iron, zinc, potassium, and many other immune and energy boosters. What many don’t know is that quinoa is actually seed, so you can imagine why it is a more healthful addition to your diet than bleached, white carbs that have little to no nutritional value. Its springtime appeal is really due to the fact that it’s amazing served hot or cold, sweet or savory.
The most amazing thing about sprouts is that they are a living food. Even after they are harvested for distribution to markets, they continue to produce healthful nutrients that are simply amazing for your health. They are very rich in enzymes and antioxidants, so regular consumption of sprouts slows down aging and repairs cell damage. One of the best things about sprouts is that there are so many different types (bean, alfalfa, sunflower, radish, and lentil to name a few) and they’re also easy to grow at home with just a few supplies right in your own kitchen.
Bonus Superfoods to check out: Blueberries, wheatgrass, almonds, avocados, broccoli rabe, flaxseeds, cinnamon, prunes, brussel sprouts, collard greens, and lentils!
So there you have it. 5 superfoods that will produce a healthier, happier, and more energized you!
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