What is a superfood?
“A nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.”
I actually never looked up the definition for a superfood until just now. Seeing the definition really makes me think that many things can be a superfood! Any vegetable really… But throughout my nutrition journey, I’ve come to know a couple foods that are “super foods” such as blueberries, avocado, oats, chia seeds and salmon. Although, I guess something that’s healthy isn’t necessarily called a superfood. I think it’s a food that gives you many benefits. Take salmon for example. Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which is highly beneficial to about every system in the body, reducing disease. The high fat content is “healthy” fat, just like avocado. Remember, fat doesn’t make you fat! Let’s also use oats as an example. Oats are high in insoluble fiber which is something that most Americans don’t get enough of! Fiber helps digestive health because it contains fiber that cannot be absorbed (this is what insoluble fiber means). Oats are a great source of energy and, as you might have seen on the label, they help reduce cholesterol. Now, you may have a better understanding of why certain foods are called superfoods!
What is eating clean?
“The idea that is more about being mindful of the food’s pathway between its origin and your plate rather than a diet or cutting out certain food groups.” I always thought of eating clean as not eating anything processed. I guess this definition sums this idea up. Being mindful of what goes in your body is very important. Processed, sugary cereal or fast food is the opposite of eating clean. I always make sure I eat healthy most of the time, and treat myself every once in a while. I think it’s important to treat yourself because it keeps your mind happy! Also, it helps with big cravings. If you cut everything out, you’ll end up binging on cravings later, leading to overeating. There is no one way of eating when you “eat clean”, rather, it’s just being aware of what you put in your body.