Updated: Oct 2
Are you feeling sleepy in the middle of the day? Is your weight out of control? Or are you experiencing depression and anxiety?
The answer to all of these issues may be in what you put in your mouth. If you’re eating poorly, chances are you’ll feel poorly. And if you want to feel super, then you have to try superfoods.
Superfoods include a range of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds that provide superior health benefits and are often associated with combating high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer.
But don’t think that you have to sacrifice taste for health.
Hong Kong-based HyggeWellbeing offers a range of tasty products, full of flavor and zest that will tingle your taste buds, keep you satisfied and most importantly, healthy.
The “Hygge” Way
The products have simple, down-to-earth dried fruits, nuts, bars, powders, snacks, drinks and supplements based around Hygge, a Danish word representing a whole culture of coziness and wellbeing.
The “Hygge” way means counteracting our busy and stressed lives with the pursuit of comfort peace, and wellbeing.
And for HyggeWellbeing, it means satisfying your hunger for happiness, literally, with superfoods that make you feel alive, help you achieve balance and boost your immune system.
Many of these superfoods have an essential place in one’s diet and are pillars of heart-healthy and disease fighting diets like the MIND, DASH, and Mediterranean diets.
Here’s a brief list of these superfoods.
Among the most causes of all degenerative diseases are poor digestion and elimination. And the way to counteract this is with fiber, which berries are loaded with. Fiber is your digestive system regulator, fighting sluggishness and malfunction. It’s a nutrient that most Americans don’t get enough of and that aside from helping you stay healthy, also helps with your waistline. Some of the best are raspberries, which pack 8 grams of fiber per cup, and also contain anti-cancer fighting ellagic acid. Blueberries are not far behind, packing 4 grams of fiber per cup. Two products from the HyggeWellbeing shop to help you in this regard is CeresOrganic-Wild Berry SuperGood Muesli with cranberries, blueberries, as well as organic oats and light crispy brown rice puffs. You can also try Terrasoul-Goji Berries, sun-dried, certified organic goji berries known as some of the most powerful antioxidants superfoods.
High in good cholesterol and linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, eggs are also incredibly nutritious and a great source of vegetarian protein. It’s the reason why they are always part of any breakfast. Egg yolks also contain lutein and zeaxanthin that help with vision. The protein from eggs also helps repair body tissues, including muscle.
If you’re into colored food, you’ll love these brilliantly orange root vegetables. You should also love them for their high concentration of beta-carotene, which turns to vitamin A in our livers. Vitamin A helps keep your eyes, bones and immune system in top shape. They also pack a good amount of vitamin C and B6, potassium, and magnesium, which helps reduce stress and anxiety.
A close cousin of cabbage, kale and cauliflower, broccoli has high levels of glucoraphanin, a compound that converts into sulforaphane, an antioxidant believed to prevent cancer. It also contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which is thought to prevent oxidative stress and cellular eye damage, as well as vitamins A, C and K, which helps with bone health. For an easy way to “eat your greens,” try Sunfood-Organic Supergreens, a blend of 19 green superfoods, including broccoli, with probiotics and enzymes to keep you energized.
For a superfood meal or snack, nothing better than gluten-free oats that help you lose weight, lower blood sugar and reduce the risk of heart disease. They also lower cholesterol levels and reduce glucose absorption. If you’re looking for some savory options, try RealFoodSource-Gluten Free Whole Porridge Oats, which give out a creamy, whole oat texture and nutty flavor, the perfect start to any day.
It was Popeye’s secret weapon, and for good reason. This leafy green vegetable related to beets and quinoa is rich in iron, which helps create hemoglobin, bringing oxygen to your body’s tissues (and the reason for Popeye’s enormous muscles after eating it). It also contains insoluble fiber, helping your digestive system and preventing constipation and folic acid, a compound vital for pregnant women.
Millions of people drink it in the morning, afternoon or night, to wake up, get an energy boost or to simply enhance a good meal or dessert. And with good reason, as this drink may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, diabetes and some cancers. It also keeps teeth and gums healthier and stronger bones. For more zest, add a little lemon that gives it a vitamin C boost. For some options, try Matcha Latte, a soothing 100% organic matcha to get you ready for the day or Planet Organics-Chamomile for a relaxing moment by yourself or with a loved one.
Go nuts, which come with magnesium and polyunsaturated fats that keep your heart healthy. They are also rich in antioxidants, ellagic acid and resveratrol, which reduce body wear and tear, and lower inflammation, as well as fiber to benefit your gut bacteria. For some tasty snacks, look no further than Sunfood-Organic Brazil Nuts rich in selenium that helps prevent mental decline, boosts your immune system and also helps reduce asthma symptoms, or reach for a handful of RealFoodSource-Whole Natural Almonds that are dry roasted without any oils, salt, preservatives or additives.
Packed with 80% of the daily goal of vitamin C in a single orange, this fruit also provides half a cup of water and about three grams of fiber to produce white blood cells and antibodies that fight off infection, reduce inflammation, help your digestive function, regulate blood sugar and insulin levels and even helping your sleep. And if you’re exercising, oranges also boost the absorption of iron, enhancing oxygen availability and reducing fatigue. Just a wonder fruit all around.
A great snack or pick-me up in the middle of the day, yogurt provides protein and calcium, strengthening teeth and bones, helping protect against osteoporosis. It also enhances healthy gut bacteria for improved digestion, aiding in relieving irritable bowel disease. For an even more health benefits, experts recommend Greek yogurt, and try to stick with plain, adding some dried fruits or nuts for complement instead of flavored types, which can have added sugar.