The Super Mom Diet: Get to Know Superfoods and the Benefits
If you’re a super mom, then you need a diet chock full of superfoods. Superfoods are jam packed with nutrients that help keep you going as you chase after your little ones. Although there are no set criteria for a superfood, the food item will have the vitamins and minerals required to nourish your body while simultaneously protecting against medical conditions such as heart disease and cancers. The following are the ultimate superfoods needed for an out of this world Super Mom Diet.
Avocado suffered from a bad rep for a long time due to its high fat content. Later, consumers realized not all fat is created equal. The heart-healthy fats in avocados actually prevent cardiovascular disease. The avocado is also high in folate, vitamin E and oleic acid. Avocados can be added to almost any meal: sliced avocado is the perfect topping for tacos and paninis. Many Santa Fe and Mediterranean inspired salads will also include avocado.
Chickpeas or garbanzo beans can be a staple in a Super Mom’s diet. The standout feature of chickpeas is the bean’s super high fiber content. A mere two cups of chickpeas provides you with enough fiber for the entire day. Fiber not only keeps you full longer, but also has a positive effect on cholesterol levels. The fiber also regulates the bowels, which is beneficial for reducing colon cancer risk. The antioxidants in chickpeas are also essential for helping keep your skin, hair, and nails beautiful. When you hear “chickpeas,” delicious hummus is likely to pop into your head. A basic hummus dish is healthy, but you can make your meal even more nutritious by adding extra veggies such as roasted red peppers and jalapeños.
Quinoa is a superfood that’s also known as the “supergrain.” Quinoa has a superior nutritional profile when compared to other grains like wheat. Quinoa is prepared in a similar fashion to rice, but has a richer, more hearty flavor. The high protein and fiber content keeps you full for longer periods of time. The iron and potassium provides endless energy and reduces a person’s risk for stroke, certain forms of cancer, heart disease, and kidney disorders. For a flavorful meal, use quinoa instead of brown rice in a bowl overflowing with veggies and meat.
Since tomatoes are usually found in most kitchens, they’re often overlooked when compiling lists of superfoods. However, tomatoes have been staple of heart-healthy Mediterranean diets for good reason. Tomatoes contain antioxidants like lycopene, an ingredient rarely found in other foods. Lycopene is highly regarded for protecting the skin against UV damage and lowering cholesterol. Tomatoes are tasty in almost any dish and an easy addition to add some superfood nutrition.
When choosing any type of vegetable, the greener, the better. Kale is usually a highlighted leafy green, but many other salad staples are just as healthy. Spinach, chard, and parsley are all super healthy greens you should have in your Super Mom Diet. Greens add a lot of flavor to your food without increasing the calorie count. The greens have an anti-inflammatory effect on your body—protecting against health conditions like diabetes. Pile your plates first with leafy greens before adding your proteins and fats.
The good news about adding superfoods to your Super Mom Diet is you don’t have to cook every night to stay healthy. There are not many easy diets for busy moms, so we’ve got you covered. Many options at Pure Pita contain superfoods as the heart of the dish. Dining out is possible as long as you choose restaurants with dishes featuring the right ingredients. Pure Pita has an extensive menu to satisfy your cravings while also ensuring you consume nutrient-dense superfoods such as avocado, chickpeas, quinoa, greens, and more. Visit the our website to browse the menu and find a location near you. Feeling extra busy today, Supermom? Don’t worry, order online and get your meal delivered!