The term “superfood” can be extremely loaded, and it feels like the word has become synonymous with “trend” or “health food craze.” But we like to think that there are, in fact, foods that are so high in nutrients, you might want to consider them above and beyond standard produce. They aren’t the trendiest foods in the world, but they are research-backed and proven to contain a whole host of valuable nutrients. You might even want to eat them every single day. Here are our top five favorites.
There’s a reason that Popeye’s iconic favorite food is spinach. It’s one of the most nutrient-packed ingredients out there, and its health benefits have been common knowledge for decades.
Why is spinach so important? For one thing, it’s absolutely packed with phytonutrients that include vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants. Some of the most abundant minerals in spinach include niacin and zinc, as well as vitamins A, C, E and K, fiber, thiamin, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese. Talk about a nutrient-packed food.
Kale may function similarly to spinach in your meals in the sense that they are both leafy greens, but actually, they are genetically quite different (spinach is not a cruciferous vegetable, like kale). Cruciferous vegetables are one of the most nutritious types of veggie out there, and are known for their disease-fighting properties and nutrient density.
Kale in particular is known for its abundance of lutein, a carotenoid that is particularly helpful for maintaining eye health. Kale is also rich in the vitamins K, A, and C, as well as manganese, copper, vitamin B6, calcium, iron and potassium.
Blueberries are one of the lowest-sugar fruits out there, which is a benefit in itself, given the health problems that arise from too much sugar consumption. But even beyond its sugar levels, blueberry boasts a huge number of protective health benefits.
Blueberries are extremely high in antioxidants, which help prevent aging and disease by providing electrons to free radicals in the body, which neutralizes the harmful effects of oxidization. This helps protect the DNA, which promotes healthy aging in the long term.
Blueberries’ most stand-out nutrients include fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and manganese.
You’ve probably already heard that a number of celebrities start off their day with a warm cup of lemon water, but why? Turns out, lemons are extremely healthy for you in a number of different ways.
For one thing, lemons contain pectin, a type of fiber. Fiber generally is great for digestion, but pectin is particularly digestion-supporting, as is citric acid. Lemons are also high in vitamin C, help to support liver and kidney function, and are high in antioxidants.
Finally, broccoli (like kale) is a cruciferous vegetable. There’s a reason that parents have for decades been telling children to eat their broccoli. Broccoli is a powerhouse vegetable. It contains Vitamin K, Vitamin C, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin E, manganese, phosphorus, choline, vitamin B1, vitamin A, potassium and copper. Broccoli also contains high amounts of fiber, helping to aid in digestion and maintain regularity.
Given their numerous health benefits, these five classic fruits and veggies are foods that you can feel good about eating every single day. Vital Proteins’ Collagen Veggie Blend contains all of these organic superfoods as well as others, including organic cranberries, organic strawberries, and organic carrot, alongside clean collagen protein. Boasting three servings of vegetables and one serving of fruits per serving, our Collagen Veggie Blend makes it easy to get your fruits and veggies in each and every day.