There’s a great deal of talk these days about “Superfoods”. But what exactly are super foods, and why should we include them in our diets?
In short, superfoods are “real foods” (think fruits, vegetables, grains) that contain high levels of vitamins and minerals and are often a source of antioxidants that are necessary to help prevent disease and cell damage. A diet that includes a variety of superfoods will help you maintain or lose weight, fight disease, and live a healthier life. Sounds pretty good, huh?
Our Favorite Super Foods
While the overall number of superfoods is too great to list in this article, here are eight of our favorite vegetable superfoods – including ones we use in our Non-GMO Project Verified, flash frozen vegetable medleys.
Caution: reading this list might just make you very hungry… (but that’s a good thing when it comes to superfoods, dig in for a second helping!)
Kale is an amazing source of fiber, calcium, and iron and it can be prepared in so many different ways – from sauteed to steamed to roasted or even juiced. Hands down, it’s our favorite go-to superfood and you’ll find it in our Asparagus and Kale, Super Greens, and our Organic Super Greens.
Broccoli is super-packed with Vitamin C, minerals, folate, and fiber essential in any diet. It’s known for helping to reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and stroke. You’ll get all that nutritious goodness plus amazing taste in our Seasoned Vegetable Medley.
In addition to a super-sized serving of antioxidants and vitamins, spinach is also great for your bones! One cup of spinach delivers 12% of the recommended daily dose of calcium. You’ll want more than one serving for sure when you try the spinach in our Organic Super Greens!
This super veggie contains tons of vitamins in both the root and the greens. And while we most often think of beets as being purple in color, be on the look-out for golden, white, and pink heirloom varieties at your local farmer’s market or grocery store. You’ll love how delicious and colorful our Root Fusion looks on your dinner plate!
Cauliflower is a superstar when it comes to cancer-fighting compounds and may help reduce the risk of breast, uterine, and cervical cancers. We combine cauliflower with seasoned green beans for a side dish you’ll go back to again and again.
If you’re focusing on eating a plant-based diet, beans deliver the protein you need while being low in cholesterol and jam-packed with fiber, folate, and magnesium. Our Fiesta Quinoa includes pinto beans and can be eaten as a side dish or a main course.
Tommy’s Fiesta Quinoa is so good that it’s worth repeating! As a superfood, quinoa offers eight grams of protein and all nine essential amino acids per one-cup serving. When you combine quinoa with beans you get a super meal times two!
For hundreds of years, garlic was used as both food and medicine and to this day is commonly used to treat high blood pressure and heart disease. Garlic is a primary ingredient in all of our vegetable seasonings along with various other herbs and spices – and it’s all Non-GMO project verified, so you don’t have to worry about unwelcome genetically modified ingredients showing up on your dinner plate!
Here at Tommy’s we love using superfoods in our flash frozen vegetable medley because they add a super boost of nutrition while also tasting great. If you’re trying to incorporate more superfoods into your family’s diet, what are some of your favorite recipes? Share them with us!