8 Summer Superfoods You Didn’t Realize You Were Eating
There’s no better time than summer to eat healthy — and some of the healthiest superfoods are in season during the summer. What, exactly, is a superfood? There’s no set definition, but superfoods are widely recognized to be foods that are nutrient-dense (meaning they’re low in calories yet high in nutrients). They’re also foods that could play a role in preventing or treating certain ailments and diseases. Simply put, superfoods have lots of health benefits.
Many fruits and vegetables fit the definition of “superfood” because they deliver a lot of vitamins and minerals for very few calories. Red bell peppers, for example, have approximately 20 calories per pepper (on average) and yet they pack more than two times the full day’s recommended value of vitamin C. And bell peppers are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, which means they could play a role in preventing certain types of cancer.
Better yet, many of these healthy foods are in season (meaning they’ll be at their peak of nutrition and flavor) during the summer months — so eat up! Interested to know what a few of these good-for-you ingredients are? Read on; we’ve rounded up eight.
These creamy and delicious berries (yes, avocados are actually single-seed berries) are higher in calories than most superfoods, but they pack enough nutrients and health benefits to be defined as such. A one-ounce serving of avocado has nearly 20 different vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.