Why Are Superfoods So Super?

Display of healthy super foods

Superfoods are nutritional powerhouses created by Mother Nature that contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Foods such as berries, avocadoes and kale can help you lose or maintain weight, prevent diseases and help you live a longer, healthier life.

Berries are high in fiber and are naturally sweet. Their dark blue color indicates they are high in antioxidants. You can buy them frozen or fresh to add to a smoothie, yogurt, or cereal.

Avocadoes are rich in fiber, folate, potassium, vitamin E, magnesium and healthy fats. Consuming healthy fats in moderation lowers your risk for cardiovascular disease and hypertension. Avocadoes can be cut up and made into guacamole, smoothies and Greek salads.

Kale is high in vitamins A, C and K. It is loaded with antioxidants that helps reduce oxidative damage in the body which is believed to be a leading cause of cancers and other diseases. Kale can be chopped up for salads or baked in the oven to make kale chips.

See below for a great (and easy!) Kale Chip Recipe:

Kale chips, a healthy snack option

Recipe:
1 bunch kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon seasoned salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Wash and cut bunch of kale into bite size pieces. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
Bake 10-15 minutes or until edges are brown but not burnt.

About the Author

MaryGrace Gilkey, Dietetic Intern
Originally from Charlotte, NC, MaryGrace completed her undergraduate degree in nutrition from Auburn University in Alabama. After obtaining her registered dietitian credentials, she is excited to help patients achieve a healthy lifestyle through implementing the importance of nutrition.
Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery

Keywords: Bariatric, Healthy Eating, Healthy Recipes, Weight Loss, Weight Management