The New Year is right around the corner, and you know what that means. Your local gym will be packed again and resolutions will be flying everywhere (think 2015 swimwear and vacation tiiiiiime). But besides a new fitness regimen, we want to give you a few tips on health eating. Now, I know you’ve heard it before – drink more water, eat more veggies, skip the ice cream, blah blah blah. So let’s not talk about the same old healthy habit tricks, because it’s tiring. Let’s instead talk about…….SUPERFOODS!

Now, many of you might not have heard about superfoods, so we’ll break it down for you.  A superfood is a type of food which is powerful enough to help you lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, and an added bonus, even put you in a better mood! Now, you can see why they’re called super, right? Each superfood is real and unprocessed, which means when incorporated into a healthy diet, you’re able to maintain your weight, fight disease and live even longer.

Check out our list of our favorite superfoods.

Blueberries

These little guys are packed with antioxidants and are also high in potassium and vitamin C, making them an awesome snacking option. They can lower your risk of heart disease and cancer and also act as an anti-inflammatory, which aids with all chronic diseases. Try to have about a ½ every day for the best results.

Pumpkin

Just because Halloween and Thanksgiving are over that doesn’t mean that you can’t still obsess over pumpkin. As the lovely staple of fall, pumpkin not only tastes great but also has some awesome benefits of eating it. A cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin contains more than 200% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is not only a kick ass 2014 swimwear brand that we carry but also is the vitamin that aids in vision. Pumpkin seeds also contain magnesium which is important for your heart health and bones and teeth maintenance.

Salmon

We’ve all heard that omega 3s are where it’s at, and salmon is filled with omega-3s. Lowering heart disease, helping arthritis, even possibly helping with memory loss and Alzheimer’s. Omega-3s are most notably in fatty, cold-water fish. So wild salmon (not farmed!) herring, sardines, and mackerel. Aim for 2-3 servings a week and you’ll be set.

Tea (Green or Black)

Black tea and green tea have the same overall antioxidant power, however, green team has ECGC which is a special antioxidant that is supposed to lower cholesterol and inhibit the growth of cancer cells. A recent study shows that men who drank green tea regularly had lower cholesterol than those who didn’t. So whether you’re an avid coffee drinker or a tea fiend, either way you’re bumping up your health game.

Turkey

We hope you gobbled up all that turkey this past week, because guess what folks, turkey is great for you! Despite being passed over as the official national bird (way to go bald eagle) turkey is a definite superfood. Highly nutritious, inexpensive, low in fat, and possibly one of the leanest meat protein sources around (skinless turkey breast). The nutrients found in turkey are so heart-healthy and valuable, and they also help lower the risk for cancer. Who knew?

Yogurt

Now, it isn’t just yogurt really that is extremely good for you it’s really any fermented dairy product that has probiotics.  All those Jamie Lee Curtis commercials boasting the benefits of probiotics, well it’s all true. Yogurt is said to have such amazing effects on the bodies of women – reducing stomach ulcers, packing a calcium punch, even possibly decreasing the risk of breast cancer!

Check out a few more superfoods that are sure to pump you up:

  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Oats
  • Oranges
  • Soy
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Walnuts

Happy eating!

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