You can never have too many superfoods on your menu. This is a label given to foods and ingredients that are particularly healthy in one way or another. For those living a vegan lifestyle they’re wonderful options to have, and it’s always fun to learn a new one. That said, they can be a little tough to keep track of, or at least easy to forget.
Here are five tasty and versatile superfoods to keep on your radar.
1. Raw Cacao
Yes, that’s cacao as in chocolate! You’ve probably heard before that dark chocolate has some health benefits, but it can seem sort of like one of those happy myths that people use to justify a sweet tooth. As it happens, this one is true, so long as it’s truly raw chocolate. As one site with another list of vegan superfoods put it, raw cacao is a good source of fiber and iron, and on its own it’s not fatty or sugary. You can use raw cacao powder to make your own chocolate bars, smoothies, or other recipes and have a nice, naturally sweet treat that you don’t have to feel bad about. In fact, you can feel great about it while satisfying your inner chocoholic! There’s real nutritional value here.
Watermelon can sometimes seem like an almost silly fruit, meant for children and summer amusement. Lots of people who hear “watermelon” probably think of kids by the pool, or even the cover image of a popular mobile game about slicing pieces of fruit in half (yeah, we’re talking Fruit Ninja). But in recent years watermelon has actually emerged as a sort of unheralded superfood. For one thing, it’s excellent hydration given that it’s comprised mostly of water. But the fruit’s high content of vitamins A and C can also help to decrease the risk of a number of diseases (including heart disease), and it’s also another good source for dietary fiber. Talk about a satisfying way to get your daily vitamins during the summer.
Mushrooms are handy superfoods in that there’s almost nothing bad in them. They have no fat or cholesterol, very few calories or carbs, and, of course, no sugar. However, they’re a good source of (you guessed it!) fiber, and they’re also a nice way for people on vegan diets to get some protein. Maybe best of all, mushrooms are high in CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), which has been shown to decrease the likelihood of breast cancer in women.
Like watermelon, kiwi can seem more like a fun and carefree summer fruit than a serious superfood. It calls to mind tropical islands and fun in the sun. In fact, like watermelons, the kiwi has been caricatured in popular video games. Browsing through the best online slot games available for those who enjoy the casino genre, you might notice a game called “Fruit Madness,” where kiwis make up some of the icons on a spinning slot reel! But silly imagery and tropical symbolism aside, kiwis are absolutely packed with vitamins and nutrients. They’re particularly exploding with vitamin C, but also provide vitamins A and E, in addition to fiber, potassium, and lutein, which is an antioxidant that has significant benefits for vision and heart health.
5. Sweet Potatoes
If you were waiting for a more filling option, look no further. Sweet potatoes can make for a very satisfying, filling element of any meal, and they’re wonderful superfoods for vegans. It’s been pointed out elsewhere that they’re a good source of iron, which can be a difficult for people with these diets to come by. They’re also high in magnesium, which is necessary for heart, bone, muscle, and artery health, and which is something many Americans are deficient in. Finally, like most orange-tinged foods, they’re high in beta carotene, which is excellent for eyesight and fending off some cancers.
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