What exactly are superfoods? According to Eating Well, they are “foods brimming with various disease-fighting nutrients, usually without providing too many calories, and delivered in a delicious form (think: blueberries).” They will nourish your body so many healthy antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals when you eat them! Eat superfoods regularly and at a variety of them so that you’ll get a variety of nutrients.
Next time you’re at the grocery store, buy the ingredients you’ll need for your favorite snacks. Take a little bit of time to make these recipes on a weekend or weeknight so that you can bring them to work or pack them with your kids’ snacks. Read on for seven simple, healthy, and delicious superfood snack ideas:
- Raw Vegan Banana Hemp Seed Sushi Slices
There’s no need to be a sushi expert to make these fish-free snacks. Simply spread peanut butter on top of a whole banana and sprinkle with a hearty dose of hemp seeds to add protein and vitamin E (which aid immune system function and healthy skin). Slice and enjoy!
- Fruit Salad with Kiwi, Strawberries, and Mango
Get rid of those grade school memories of grapes floating in high fructose corn syrup. This fruit salad is a nutrient-rich mix of kiwis, strawberries, and mangoes combined with lemon juice, honey, and mint. Packed with loads of vitamin C, this salad can help combat some cancers and give a boost to the immune system all in one tasty, sweet serving.
- Superfood Trail Mix
Rather than munching on sugary granola, consider this superfood-rich trail mix. This combination of pistachios, hazelnuts, pecans, dried cranberries, raisins, blueberries, goji berries, and walnuts relies on the natural sweetness of dried fruits and nuts for flavor. The cholesterol- and cancer- fighting power of nuts (not to mention the healthy fats and protein) will keep you healthy, and the rich protein will keep you moving all day long.
- Chia Crispbreads
Give yourself a mid-day boost of energy with these chia crispbreads that are loaded with antioxidants. Plus, studies suggest the omega-3s in chia can improve endurance and serve as an effective way to carbo-load. Made with sunflower, pumpkin, and chia seeds alongside oats and flax, they’re baked thin and perfect for topping with your favorite fruit or spread.
- Roasted Garbanzo Beans with Sea Salt and Goji Berries
Craving potato chips? Try subbing in roasted garbanzo beans sprinkled with sea salt and goji berries instead. The hearty snack will leave you full of nutrients such as iron, fiber, folate and magnesium rather than with empty calories.
- “Rain Berry” Cake
This cake is simple enough for even the most oven-phobic cook. The crust is made of crushed walnuts and the filling is a straightforward combination of chilled Greek yogurt, crushed blueberries (which may speed up the metabolism and reduce risk of heart disease), cardamom, and honey.
- Peach and Cherry Quinoa Crumble
Quinoa for dessert? It’s possible (and delicious) in this crumble recipe that layers quinoa, cinnamon, and almond flour on top of chopped cherries and peaches. Sour cherries have the added benefit of soothing sore muscles, so consider this dessert a necessary reward after a hard workout.
Now go try making some of these awesome recipes. You’re sure to enjoy them all!
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