You know you’re supposed to eat healthy every day and indulge in sweets only in moderation. But did you know there’s such a thing as indulgent superfoods? These foods not only taste delicious, but have healthy benefits you might not know of.
Here are some foods that fall into that category!
Vitamins, flavonoids, antioxidants, nutrients… dark chocolate has it all. Having been proven to amp attention span and concentration by increasing oxygen flow to the brain, it also reduces inflammation and even has been proven to actually help protect skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
Keep in mind, these benefits only apply to dark chocolate, or chocolate that is at least 70 percent cocoa content or higher. Milk or white chocolates usually contain too much sugar to be beneficial.
This may not be a food but red wine is a consumable that scientific research supports as being healthy when drank in moderation. Red wine contains resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that has been proven to aid in the prevention of the growth of cancer cells.
Keeping blood vessels flexible and preventing blood clots, it also both protects the heart and reduces bad cholesterol. Of course, as with any alcohol, over consumption can have adverse effects on one’s health, but 3 to 4 glasses of red wine a week is the sweet spot for a healthy dose.
Rich in flavor and texture, this amazing, creamy fruit is a true superfood. High in the good fats, it is extraordinarily nutritious. The avocado has the ability to lower triglycerides and improve overall LDL and HDL numbers, so it has wonderful heart healthy status, ranking it high toward the prevention of heart disease. It is also a great source of lutein and zeaxanthin, which are nutrients known to support eye health.
Arguably better than candy when sweetly in season, these beautiful sliceable delights make wonderful appetizers to pair with hummus, or left as crunchy treats on their own. With the special power to fight free radicals, they have been proven to help ward off prostate cancer and heart disease while keeping fluids and minerals balanced in your body with a healthy fortification of potassium inside. Naturally low in calories and a wonderful source of both vitamins A and C, the red pepper is health efficiency at its best — great for both your eyes and supporting tissue health and immunity.
So, whether sweet, rich, indulgent or vibrantly fresh is on your list of food passions, there is likely something listed that can be easily integrated into your weekly diet. Pair these foods with other nutrition superstars to amp value and benefit.