When we talk about superfoods, we tend to think in terms of kale and quinoa — chewy foods that require lots of hot sauce to truly enjoy (okay, that might just be me). But actually the list of superfoods is super long! There’s plenty of tasty stuff on there that I bet you’re eating already anyway.
First: What even is a superfood? It’s any edible thing that’s dense in nutrients and thought to be excellent for your health. It includes everything from garlic to dark chocolate. I think we can work with that. Right?
Here are a few superfood snacks to make you feel like you got superfoods down.
Cashews are loaded up with antioxidants and Omega-3, which makes them great for your heart. They’re yummy, too, but they get a little less super when bogged down in salt and sugar like you typically find in bar nuts. This spicy cashew recipe makes these raw nuts yummy without being too salty or sweet.
Did you know turkey is a superfood? Seriously! That Thanksgiving sandwich bird is full of niacin, selenium, vitamins B6 and B12, and zinc. Plus it’s lean as heck and, with the right preparation, super tasty. This cracked pepper turkey jerky is gluten — and hormone-free and the turkey is grass-fed. A good, healthy, superfood snack we bet you never would’ve guessed was this healthy.
Almonds are one of the most well-known superfoods. How many almonds have you counted into a snackbag in your lifetime? Thankfully, there are yummier, easier ways of incorporating almonds into your diet. Almond butter on wheat toast, or in your stirfry, or even in your smoothie is an easy substitution for peanut butter and a great way to boost your superfood intake.
If you’re eating chocolate that’s at least 70 percent cacao, then you’re doing your bod a nice big happy favor. You’ll find flavonoids and antioxidants in dark chocolate, which improve blood flow and heart health. Plus, it’s a mood booster. Break off a couple of squares and pair with an orange. You’re practically Super Bowl snacking at that point.
Garden veggie sticks take boring, bewildering vegetables like spinach and make them crunchy, convenient snacks.
Superfood! I swear. So consider this your excuse to have at ‘em. Afraid you won’t be able to stop yourself from downing a whole bag? Moderate yourself with these individually wrapped packs.
Red bell pepper
True story: Last weekend I literally ate pizza for two days, taking breaks only to eat cookies. It was truly disgusting and I felt terrible. So here’s what I did: I went to the fridge. I found a red bell pepper. I seeded it and ate it whole. I didn’t even cut it into strips. And you know what? It felt like starting over. It felt like I had wiped away two whole pizza days.
That’s right. Red bell peppers are a superfood. And they hardly need anything done to them to taste wonderful. Paired with hummus, you could almost forget about any other food worth eating.