|Is anyone else as confused with the weather as we are? We began February, typically the coldest month, at 52 degrees! We are definitely not complaining. Are your eating habits in need of an overhaul? Plexus Fitness offers some great tips this month regarding our relationship with super foods. Incorporate sensible serving sizes with daily physical activity to start seeing improvements in your overall health and wellness. We do tend to change our eating habits to coincide with the weather. From a nice bowl of warm soup on those cold days to a crisp salad of greens on a warmer day.|
The Plexus Fitness staff knows that many clients have a love/hate relationship with “superfoods.” We love that they’re multi-taskers-brimming with various disease-fighting nutrients, usually without providing too many calories, and delivered in a delicious form (think: blueberries). What we dislike is that some foods deemed “super” are exotic (ahem, the goji berry?!) or something-like, say, sardines-that you’d only have once in a while. Healthy? Yes. Would you eat them every day? Probably not. So, we’re keeping it simple: here are 5 easy-to-eat, easy-to-find, everyday “super” foods.
1. Berries – All berries are great sources of fiber, which may help to promote weight loss. Raspberries boast the most at 8 grams per cup. A cup of strawberries contains 3 grams of fiber, but more than a full day’s recommended dose of skin-firming vitamin C.
2. Spinach- Spinach is teeming with important nutrients: vitamins A, C and K-as well as some fiber, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium and vitamin E. Spinach is an easy, delicious and good source of folate, a water-soluble B vitamin that helps produce DNA and form healthy new cells, making it especially important for mothers-to-be. A cup boasts 15 percent of the recommended daily intake.
3. Yogurt- While the age-defying powers of yogurt never have been proven directly, yogurt contains “good bacteria” that help maintain gut health and diminish the incidence of age-related intestinal illness. It’s also rich in calcium, which helps stave off osteoporosis. Just 1 cup of yogurt provides nearly half the recommended daily value of calcium and is rich in phosphorus, potassium, zinc, riboflavin, vitamin B12 and protein.
4. Nuts – Nuts are rich sources of heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Walnuts may be the spotlight-stealers, though – Walnuts’ high mono- and polyunsaturated-fat content also helps reduce total and “bad” LDL cholesterol levels while maintaining healthy levels of “good” HDL cholesterol
5. Eggs – A source of high-quality protein, eggs might give your meal more staying power too. Even if you’re watching your cholesterol, a daily egg can likely fit into your eating plans. Egg yolks contain lutein and zeaxanthin-two antioxidants that help keep eyes healthy. And lutein also may help to shield your skin from UV damage.
If your eating habits need an overhaul, start simply by picking up these 5 foods the next time you’re at Janssen’s Market. Incorporate sensible serving sizes with daily physical activity to start seeing improvements in your overall health and wellness. To contact the Plexus team or to register for a free 10 day membership, visit www.plexusfitness.com. Have a healthy day!