It’s time to start the year off right, and this means choosing foods that will complement your lifestyle. I’ve put together a list of my favourite superfoods to help you make better eating decisions throughout your day—regardless of your lifestyle.
These superfoods aren’t hard-to-find specialty foods, either—they’re items you’ll find at any grocery store. That means they’ll fit into your routine. So take a step toward a healthier life—review our suggestions below.
#1 - Peanut Butter
This lunchtime classic is vegan, gluten-free superfood is loaded with vitamins and minerals. It’s high in protein, fibre, and good fats. It’s also low in sodium and sugar (depending on the variety you choose).
Peanut butter pairs with almost everything:
- Put it in sandwiches with healthy fruit spreads, bananas, or honey.
- Add it to celery with dried figs.
- Add it to oatmeal.
- Mix it into smoothies and healthy shakes.
Awesome Alternatives: Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter.
#2 - Honey
Honey is a naturally occurring gluten-free sweetener is perfect for adding a bit of sweetness to your food. Ideally, raw honey is the best. Natural sweeteners are better for you than processed or refined sweeteners.
Add honey anywhere you use other sweeteners:
- In baked goods.
- On toast in the morning.
- Drizzled over fresh fruit.
- In your favourite tea.
Awesome Alternatives: Maple Syrup, Coconut Sugar, Stevia.
#3 - Pumpkin Seeds
Also known as pepitas, pumpkin seeds are a tasty sidekick to nearly any dish. These tasty seeds are full of protein and minerals, and are also a source of fibre and vitamins. The oil from pumpkin seeds also has benefits.
Try including pumpkin seeds in your next meal:
- Add to breakfast muffins.
- Include in soups.
- Make pumpkin seed pesto.
- Enjoy as is!
Awesome Alternatives: Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Nigella Seeds.
#4 - Cranberries
Unsweetened cranberries boast a lot of benefits. Nutrition-wise, cranberries are high in Vitamin C, fibre, and minerals. They’re also low in sugar. Cranberries are great for digestive and urinary health, too, and add a nice flavour to dishes.
Try fresh cranberries in these meals:
- Include in salsas.
- Add to pancakes.
- Toss into salads.
- Enjoy them in fruit salads.
Awesome Alternatives: Blueberries, Strawberries, Elderberries.
#5 - Cinnamon
This tasty spice is packed with fibre, iron, and calcium, and includes some essential vitamins and minerals. It’s such an aromatic and delicious complement to any dish, snack, or even drink!
Spice things up with these cinnamon classics:
- Add it to hot apple cider.
- Try it with pancakes.
- Sprinkle it into oatmeal.
- Blend it into savoury soups.
Awesome Alternatives: Nutmeg, White Pepper, Turmeric.Let us know if we missed your favourite day-to-day superfoods! If you liked this post, we’d be happy to suggest recipes or food plans to help you improve your lifestyle.