3 Powerhouse Superfoods to Add to Your Diet
Every year, it seems like there are new discoveries about lesser-known “superfoods” that tend to gain popularity rather quickly among health-conscious consumers. Don’t like veggies? No problem! Here, we’ll dive into some powerful superfoods that can make a notable impact on your overall nutrition consumption (without offending your taste buds).
Watermelon Seeds: Yes, you read that correctly. Watermelon seeds are swiftly gaining traction as the hot new superfood for fans of pumpkin and chia seeds, containing beneficial phytochemicals as well as protein, dietary fiber, and Vitamin B- just to name a few. (1) So the next time you think about removing those seeds from your hefty slice of watermelon, just go ahead and eat them instead! (If you are reluctant to eat them raw, we recommend to stir-fry in a pan with some salts.)
Purple Corn: Purple corn has been used in Peru for thousands of years in a drink called chicha morada, which is produced by boiling purple corn with pineapple, green apple, cinnamon, etc. The average U.S. consumer already receives more than enough yellow corn in their diet, however purple corn largely differentiates itself when conducting a nutrition analysis. Some thesis have demonstrated the value of anthocyanins, a type of polyphenol, is 4 times more than the blueberries which used to be the benchmark for these compounds. (2) Other purple vegetables to consider include purple kale, carrots, asparagus, and cauliflower; all rich in beneficial anthocyanins typically found in purple veggie flavonoids. (3)
- Ashitaba: This nutrient-dense plant originates from Japan and features a whole host of important vitamin and mineral content. Furthermore, ashitaba has many uses. You can use it in delectable homemade recipes such as ashitaba fried rice and tuna sushi rolls, or if you’re short on time, you can also find it available in powder form in proprietary blends such as Kiwami Greens. Ashitaba is rich in dietary fiber, beta-carotene, calcium, Vitamin E, as well as a powerful polyphenol known as chalcone.
With these healthy living tips in mind, there’s always something new and fresh available to provide your body with the necessary fuel it needs to power through your daily routine.
- de Pascual-Teresa S et al.. LC-MS analysis of anthocyanins from purple corn cob. J Sci Food Agric. 2002;82(9):1003-1006.