Washington: Autumn is here and that means a new crop of seasonal nutrient-dense fruit and vegetable "superfoods", that increase our overall wellness and nutrition and help support a healthy lifestyle, will be harvested soon.
Kari Kooi, registered dietician at Houston Methodist Hospital, said superfoods are brimming with nutrients and antioxidants. The benefits of adding them into your everyday meals are numerous, as a nutritious diet can really have a positive impact on both your physical and mental health.
Kooi suggested top four superfoods that you can incorporate into your daily meals.
The researcher said that Pumpkins are rich in beta-carotene which turns into vitamin A, also known as the vision vitamin. They are versatile and can be added into just about anything. If you like pumpkin pie, stir a little pumpkin puree into your oatmeal and add some pumpkin pie spice for a healthier alternative.
On the other hand seeds of Pumpkin are a superfood powerhouse all on their own. They have heart healthy fat, protein, and fiber. They also have a lot of minerals like magnesium, which aids in bone health, and iron, which helps deliver oxygen to our cells. You can try roasted pumpkin seeds, which can be eaten shell and all, for a healthy snack during the day.
Pomegranates earn superfood status because they are extremely rich in antioxidants.
Kooi said that Kiwis have a "tutti fruity" taste, with flavours reminiscent of different fruits like strawberries, melons, pineapples, bananas, and citrus. They also have a lot of fiber and a whopping amount of Vitamin C, which makes them a great superfood. To enjoy a kiwi on-the-go, try cutting it in half and scooping the flesh out with a spoon.