Youâ€™ve probably heard the term superfoodsâ€”itâ€™s often applied to things like brown rice, spinach, yogurt, tomatoes and other healthy fareâ€”but have you ever wondered what makes a food super? Itâ€™s about efficiency: Superfoods not only pack more nutritional punch per bite than other foods do, they also have other properties that directly support the immune system, cut down on inflammation in the body, support mental health, and boost energy, stamina and longevity. You canâ€™t ask for much more than that from a single food.
But hereâ€™s a reality check: No food is super unless it tastes good, too, because otherwise you wouldnâ€™t be willing to eat it. With that in mind, hereâ€™s my top 10 list of energy-boosting superfoods that everyone should eat on a regular basis.
These are arguably the most perfect superfood because theyâ€™re high in fiber, protein, potassium, magnesium and other minerals. Oats are best eaten at breakfast because the fiber they contain is digested slowly, which stabilizes blood sugar levels all day. Oats have been shown in large-scale studies to lower cholesterol, which is why theyâ€™re considered a heart-healthy food. If youâ€™re not a fan of oatmeal (I confess: I donâ€™t care for it), you can sprinkle them onto a bowl of cold cereal or yogurt, sneak oats into turkey meat loaf, or toss them into salads or casseroles for a nutritional boost.
This gluten-free grain has more protein than any other grain or rice. Itâ€™s so rich in amino acids (such as lysine, cysteine, and methionine) that itâ€™s actually considered a complete protein (generally, complete proteins are only found in animal products). The amino acids help with muscle repair after exercise, while the folate, magnesium, and phosphorus in quinoa support energy levels.
Try serving it up as a curried â€œrisotto.â€