It’s not just a trendy fad word. Superfoods really pack a nutritional punch, from vitamins and minerals to healing properties that can help reduce illness and disease—or recover more quickly from your WOD. Here are just a few (of many!) that you should know about and incorporate into your diet.
Well, duh. You’ve probably heard about this one plenty of times, but that’s because it’s the most potent leafy green out there. Studies have connected this green goddess with decreased cancer risk, but if that’s not enough to catch your attention, kale is also packed with vitamins C, K, and fiber, iron, and calcium – and that’s just a few of many! For a super delicious bite, try lightly sauteing it with lemon juice, then season with salt and pepper.
Yes, even the yolk is good for you. Besides being a great source of protein, eggs are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which help with heart health. Brownie points for being super versatile and quick to cook.
They’re not paleo, but if you were ever going to make an exception, this should be one of them. They’re cheap, easy to make, and low on the glycemic index (translation: you’ll have more energy because blood sugar levels won’t spike quickly.) Lentils are also high in iron, which can fight off anemia.
- Chia Seeds
These little guys are cool because they sprout in liquid (which fills your belly fast), but when eaten unsubmerged, have a nice crunch to them. Chia seeds are a good source of fiber, not to mention calcium, and plant-based omega-3 fatty acids.
- Sweet Potatoes
Because they’re packed with an unreal amount of vitamin A, sweet potatoes can protect your immune system. Just nix the brown sugar. They’re sweet enough on their own.