“Superfood” is a buzzword that’s stuck around for quite some time – and rightly so. It’s a word that encompasses a powerhouse group of foods that offer a lot of essential nutrients, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants for a small number of calories. Hence, you get the most bang for your buck with them. With fall officially here, it’s an ideal time to ramp up your wellness game with some seasonal superfoods.
Green Tea or Matcha
Sipping tea on a brisk fall day is not only a surefire way to relax, but an easy way to consume more nutrients. According to a study in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology, green tea is known for its nutrient profile which includes big names such as L-theanine and GABA. Both of these amino acids are shown to give individuals a relaxed, yet alert state due to how they affect the autonomic nervous system**. L-theanine has been shown to decrease heart rate and inhibit cortical neuron excitation (reduce stress). Additionally, the study noted that ingesting GABA via tea has also been shown to promote anti-fatigue effects and reduce psychological stress**.
Work it into your routine: Start your day with our antioxidant-rich Matcha Collagen, which can upgrade your morning beverage or recipe.
A picnic with some red grapes and cheese on an autumn afternoon sounds perfect – but may feel even better knowing red grapes are packed with nutrients. According to a study in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, red grapes contain resveratrol, which research has shown assists with regulating blood sugar, as well as assisting energy expenditure by way of improving mitochondrial function**.
Work it into your routine: Red grapes are easy to pop in a container for an on-the-go snack or side. You can even create your own healthy charcuterie board with grapes, other fruits and veggies of your choice and nuts.
Pumpkin, a fall food staple, contains an antioxidant called beta-carotene. The beta-carotene gives pumpkin its signature orange appearance. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in the body, and vitamin A is essential for glowing and healthy skin and optimal immune function and vision**. As if that’s not enough, beta-carotene-rich pumpkin is full of fiber, vitamin C and potassium. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, pumpkin contains 49 calories, 0 grams cholesterol, 2.7 grams of fiber and 0.17 grams of fat per serving.
How to work it into your routine: Try our Savory Roasted Pumpkin for a new breakfast addition. If you’re looking for more of a sweet option, try our Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake.
Sweet potatoes can be made savory or sweet and are loaded with antioxidants and health-promoting properties. Sweet potatoes are full of vitamin C and A, and according to a study in Food Chemistry, the more purple tinted the sweet potato, the more antioxidants they have. However, all varieties of this root veggie are healthy additions.
How to work it into your routine: If you want something sweet for breakfast, try Vital Proteins’ Cinnamon Sweet Potato Pancakes. For a savory option, check out our Sweet Potato Toast.