Processed foods fuel weight gain. Superfoods support weight loss!
Hunting for healthy options at the grocery store can sometimes feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. With unhealthy, processed foods lurking around every corner, it’s no wonder that our country is facing an obesity epidemic.
Thankfully, nutritious food is available, if you know what to look for. Let us help you to navigate grocery aisles with ease. Keep our “Ultimate Shopping List” of 50 superfoods handy, and you’ll feel good about the nutritious items filling your cart the next time you shop. When you’re armed with a great superfoods list, you can’t go wrong in the store. In addition to Japanese Knotweed and Maca, here are some other superfoods you can add to your grocery list.
Few superfoods deserve a spot on this list as much as almonds.
You’ve heard the expression, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”.
These orange-colored little fruits offer some great health benefits and are easy to snack on when you’re on-the-go.
As long as you avoid drenching these fabulous green globes in mayo or butter, artichokes may actually help to lower your cholesterol.
This green stalky vegetable is fabulous at assisting the body in the removal of waste products. It tastes great when steamed, too!
Avocados are pretty tough not to love. Not only do they pack quite a nutritional punch, they’re incredibly satisfying, too!
With their versatility and delicious taste, bananas may be one of the most pleasant ways to enhance your health.
8. Beans and Lentils
Beans and lentils provide a ton of fiber, protein, and a host of other health benefits.
You either love em’ or hate em’. But if you love em’, you’ll have a leg up on those who don’t.
10. Bell Peppers
Whether they’re red, yellow, orange, or green, bell peppers pack quite a nutritional punch. Bake them, broil them, steam them, or eat them raw. Any way you slice them, bell peppers taste great!
For a fruit so small, berries are a true nutritional powerhouse!
When Mom told you to eat your broccoli, she knew what she was talking about!
13. Brussels Sprouts
Forget about the brussels sprouts you used to hide in your napkin as a kid. When prepared the right way, brussel sprouts are one of the tastiest veggies around. They’re great for your health, too!
If you love cabbage, feel free to brag to those who don’t about all of the health benefits cabbage offers you.
This deliciously sweet melon is the perfect addition to a summer salad, and it can improve your health, too!
Every kid knows that carrots are great for eyesight, but your vision isn’t the only thing impacted by adding carrots.
This cruciferous white veggie is tops in vitamin C and manganese and is excellent for your health.
Cherries are one of those nutritional superfoods that you should devour while you have the chance. When cherry season arrives, you can feel good about what you’re doing to preserve your brain and heart health. Cherries may be credited with slowing down the aging process and even with ending insomnia!
This tasty fruit is one of the most versatile superfoods out there.
21. Dark Chocolate
If you need a good excuse to eat your chocolate, look no further. Dark chocolate (not milk chocolate) may be great for cardiovascular health, premature aging and cancer. And guess what!? Dark chocolate is low on the glycemic index!
Full of protein and extremely versatile, eggs are rich in nutrients. They can tackle a number of health problems and encourage weight loss.
While it’s important to monitor which fish add nutritional value without any health risks, if you can find the good stuff, you’ll reap amazing benefits. Fish may protect your heart, fight cancer, and strengthen your immune system.
24. Flax Seeds
This little seed is a nutritional powerhouse. It may help your digestion, strengthen your immune system, and help with diabetes. The only seeds more powerful than flax are Chia seeds. But that doesn’t mean you should forgo flax. It’s far more readily available than Chia seeds are, and it is often more cost-effective for those on a budget.
Most folks these days know the benefits of eating garlic. Garlic may lower cholesterol, help with high blood pressure, fight against cancer, and even kill certain bacteria.
This fruit is fabulously portable, so there’s no excuse not to include grapes in your healthy eating plan. They may strengthen your eyes, help with circulation, and may even fight cancer and kidney stones.
27. Hot Peppers
Heat up your meals by adding hot peppers to your plate. They promise better digestion, an improved immune system, and better blood circulation and digestion. There is even a rumor that hot peppers aid in weight loss by increasing your metabolism
This superfood has powerful antioxidant qualities. Kale contains high amounts of phyto-chemicals that may help in preventing macular degeneration and cataracts. Kale may also help to combat many types of cancer, including breast cancer. Include this antioxidant powerhouse in your morning smoothie.
Kiwi is different from many other fruits because it contains a number of beneficial substances instead of just one or two. Kiwis are full of antioxidants and make you feel as if you’re on a tropical vacation with every bite.
31. Low-Fat Yogurt and Kefir
Choose plain, non-fat Greek yogurt to pack protein on top of the numerous benefits including increased bone strength, lowered cholesterol, a stronger immune system, and better digestion. It may also be great for ulcers.
This tropical delight may help strengthen your memory as well as your digestion. It may also fight cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
The lowly mushroom deserves to stand on a pedestal because of its medicinal uses. It may help control blood pressure and lower your cholesterol. And yes, like many other foods on this list, mushrooms may fight cancer, too!
Oats are well-known for their potential cholesterol-lowering abilities. But did you know they may also improve the condition of your skin and help fight diabetes?
35. Olive Oil
Olive oil can (and should) be a part of many of your recipes. It may strengthen the heart, fight diabetes and cancer, and can help with weight loss. For those with dry skin, it’s an excellent way to cleanse your skin, as well! Just put a little oil on a cotton ball and wipe clean. You’ll never use cleansers and water again!
We all know that a nice glass of OJ goes well with just about any breakfast. But did you know that oranges may strengthen your immune system, fight cancer, and strengthen your heart?
Papaya is a nutritional powerhouse. This yellow/orange fruit provides a number of health benefits and will leave your skin looking fabulous, too!
These summertime treats are great for digestion and constipation.
Never miss a chance to eat pineapple! Not only is it absolutely delicious on a hot summer day, it may also strengthen your digestion, your bones, and can aid with weight loss.
Some folks see pumpkins as something to carve once a year. But the truth is, your friendly jack-o’-lantern also provides tons of fiber and may control blood pressure and normalize heart function. So this year, carve your pumpkin a few hours before dark, and then bring in the flesh and seeds for cooking once the festivities are finished.
These amazing fruits may have up to seven times the amount of antioxidants of green tea! Impressed? They may also fight cancer, reduce blood pressure, and lower bad cholesterol.
This “super grain” is high in fiber, filled with protein, and offers a pleasant nutty flavor. It cooks up like rice and is naturally gluten-free. If you haven’t tried it already, it’s easy to prepare and surprisingly satisfying!
Popeye had the right idea. You have to eat your spinach to grow strong! Why? Spinach may help fight cancer, improve your cardiovascular health, and improve brain function!
Don’t let the idea of eating algae prevent you from enjoying all the benefits that spirulina has to offer. It is loaded with essential vitamins and nutrients. Toss it into a smoothie or add it to your favorite recipe, and you won’t even know it’s there. (But your body will!)
Feasting on sprouts is a deliciously inexpensive way to reach total body nourishment. You’ll be amazed at how many essential nutrients are packed into these tasty baby plants.
46. Sweet Potatoes
Healthy eaters know that sweet potatoes are a fantastic carb to include in your healthy eating plan! Why? Because they protect your vision, encourage a good mood, fight cancer, and keep your bones strong. That’s why!
47. Swiss Chard
If you’ve never heard of swiss chard before, you’re missing out. This leafy vegetable is related to spinach and beets and packs quite a nutritional punch.
These fabulous orbs may be big-time cancer fighters! They also help battle high cholesterol.
Easy to pack and snack on while out and about, nuts are loaded with healthy fats and offer a huge array of health benefits. Walnuts may be great for lowering cholesterol, fighting cancer and improving your memory.
50. Wild Caught Salmon
Wild caught salmon provides oodles of omega-3 essential fatty acids, a crucial bit of nutrition. But that’s not all. Salmon also provides many other vitamins like B3 and B12, which contribute to a healthy metabolism.