Food experts often debate about just which items are really “superfoods.”

Though lists may vary, one thing is true: the items that typically appear on the lists are packed with antioxidants, which are said to ward off cancer; healthy fats, which are said to prevent heart disease; fiber which is linked to diabetes prevention and digestive health and much more.
Below are just five superfoods that are easy to find along with ideas on how to incorporate them into your diet.These superfoods are easy to find, especially if you are shopping at your local farmers market. In addition to buying them fresh, most of these can also be found in pill form for the days you are unable to work them into your meals.

You should always go for the fresh option first, but if you decide to take the pill instead please remember to consult with your doctors first.

Blueberries
There’s no debate about blueberries being a superfood. It often tops many superfoods lists for being rich in vitamins and fiber. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that the nutrients in blueberries help fight chronic diseases. While blueberries provide the most benefits, the same nutrients found in blueberries are also found in other berries like strawberries and cranberries.
Meal idea: Drop a handful of blueberries into your salads or smoothies.

Cinnamon
Research shows that cinnamon helps fight urinary tract infections, soothes stomach issues, lowers (bad) cholesterol and serves as an anti-diabetic solution by keeping blood sugar counts lower.
Meal idea: Sprinkle cinnamon in your coffee or tea or over baked apples and sweet potato dishes. If making smoothies, you can also throw a dash in there. Just a teaspoon goes a long way.

Kale
Kale contains a phytonutrient that is thought to reduce the occurrence of many cancers. In addition, many people report feeling a jolt of energy after consuming kale which makes a great ingredient for morning smoothies or for an afternoon salad when you need an energy booster.
Meal idea: Use kale as your salad base or sauté it with shrimp or other veggies. This sautéed mixture can be enjoyed alone or over rice or quinoa. You can also make a fun snack out of it by tossing the kale in olive oil and sea salt, then baking it. The result: Tasty kale chips that you can’t get enough of.

Salmon
Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, which the body needs but cannot create on its own. These fatty acids decrease inflammation, improve circulation, increase the ratio of good to bad cholesterol. It is also said to help prevent cancer – particularly when it’s wild-caught and not farmed. In addition to the omega-3 fatty acids, it is also loaded with tons of other vitamins and minerals.
Meal idea: Salmon is easy to cook and goes well with most vegetables. You can also incorporate it into your breakfast meals by adding it to your scrambled eggs or pairing it with fruit.

Flaxseed
Flaxseed has high levels of omega-3 fats that help manage diabetes, cancer, heart disease and inflammation. It is also loaded with vitamin B6, copper, phosphorus and magnesium.
Meal idea: Add flaxseed to your salads, smoothies and baked goods. In seed form, it has very little flavor so it will not upset the flavor of your meals.

 

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