What is a superfood? Some think a superfood is some exotic, hard to pronounce seawood or berry. But in reality, a superfood can be any food that is dense in nutrient content, contributing health benefits to those that partake.
Here are eight budget friendly superfoods you can and should be incorporating into your diet for health, wellness and even weight loss.
Bananas - Many people think that bananas are good because they are high in potassium. Bananas do have a moderate amount of potassium, but what's even more interesting is that one medium banana has almost 30% of the RDA amount of vitamin B6.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, "Vitamin B6 helps the body make several neurotransmitters, chemicals that carry signals from one nerve cell to another. It is needed for normal brain development and function, and helps the body make the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine, which influence mood, and melatonin, which helps regulate the body clock."
Source: Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) | University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-b6-pyridoxine#ix...
University of Maryland Medical Center
Beans and Lentils - Beans and Lentils are both packed with protein and fiber. This combination will help you feel fuller longer. Beans and lentils are very budget friendly as well at about 15 cents per serving.
Cabbage - Most people don't know cabbage is packed with Vitamin C. 2 cups of shredded cabbage will give you nearly 100% of your RDA of vitamin C. It is also a good source of fiber and can be eaten raw in a salad, used as a wrap for a sandwich instead of bread or cooked in a soup. Cabbage also has a high water content which will help contribute to your water intake for the day.
Canned Salmon - Of course fresh or frozen fresh is best. But the next best thing to have on occasion is canned salmon. One 3oz serving has 17 grams of protein and nearly 1500 mg of heart and brain healthy Omega 3 fatty acids. Surprising canned salmon is also high in vitamin D.
Carrots - Carrots are well known for their Vitamin A content. A cup of carrots will give you 428% of your RDA of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is a much needed vitamin for good eye health.
Eggs - Yes, eggs have cholesterol. But that is not actually a bad thing if the eggs are organic, from free range chickens. Since the brain is comprised of cholesterol, it is a actually a required dietary nutrient. Eggs are also an excellent source of protein. Eat them in moderation for good heart and brain health.
Sweet Potatoes - Although sweet potatoes are high in carbohydrates, they are even more high in vitamin A. Sweet potatoes actually contain almost twice the amount of vitamin A as a cup of carrots, believe it or not. Sweet potatoes are also considered to be strongly anti-inflammatory.
Walnuts - Walnuts are a delicious way to add extra nutrition, flavor and crunch to a meal. While walnuts are harvested in December, they are available year round and a great source of those all-important omega-3 fatty acids. In order to keep walnuts from going rancid, you can freeze them.
Be sure to load up on these super nutritious and budget friendly foods the next time you go shopping. Your wallet and waistline will be grateful.