Here at Knix, we’re firm believers in balance. (Sometimes, the only cure is ice cream.) Maintaining a healthy diet is just simpler when you give yourself permission to enjoy the foods you love. Heck, everything is easier when you are well nourished — your body just works better when it has the required nutrients.
Today, we’re looking at four nutrient-dense foods that aren’t often discussed in mainstream nutrition: Secret Superfoods.
Secret Superfood #1: Shellfish
Shellfish, particularly oysters and mussels, are nutritional gold mines! Oysters are a great source of protein, omega 3 fatty acids, B vitamins (especially B12), vitamin A, folate, vitamin E, selenium, and zinc, while mussels are a great source of protein, B vitamins, selenium, zinc, magnesium and manganese.
Secret Superfood #2: Sardines & anchovies
Brains, organs, bones, the fermenting algae, and the microscopic microscopic marine organisms that they feed on, Sardines and anchovies are loaded with vitamins and minerals that feed your brain, organs, and bones. Everything that you need to thrive! And, because of the small size of these fish, there is minimal risk of heavy metal consumption.
Secret Superfood #3: Purple & blue fruits and vegetables
Confused about which foods are healthiest? Always focus on the richness or darkness of the color! Color indicates the concentration of potent polyphenols – bioactive compounds that help reduce inflammation. Dark purple kale, for example, has more polyphenols than iceberg lettuce. Experiment with berries, purple grapes, red lettuce and kale, purple cabbage and cauliflower, and Okinawan sweet potatoes!
Secret Superfood #4: Fermented food
Modern medicine is steadily building new connections between the gut microbiome – the world of bacteria living in the intestines ‐ and your health. Adding fermented foods to your diet, including organic yogurts, kefirs, sauerkrauts, kimchi, and kombuchas, can greatly increase the living bacteria in your gut.