If you need a nutritional punch but don’t have time to cook meals or plan your lunches a week in advance, superfoods are your best option for providing your body with all the minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants you need to fight disease.
“Superfood” is a clever marketing label used to describe produce and other items in grocery stores that are rich in nutrients that help lower bad cholesterol and reduce the risk for heart problems, cancer and other diseases.
One way to recognize spring superfoods is by color; they resemble all the hues you see outside – green, yellow, pink or blue. The more colorful your plate is with fruits and vegetables in season, the more “super” your meal is.
Some foods have the power to improve mood, energy, metabolism and vision even when you consume them in small doses.
The foods on the following list are based on the Department of Agriculture’s seasonal produce guide; the prices have been estimated by the USDA Economic Research Service.