We’ve all heard the term before: superfood. No, we’re not talking about a cape-wearing, spandex-clad snack (but also let’s reconsider that statement, because not all heroes wear capes).
Simply put, superfoods are nutritionally dense foods that provide a ton of minerals and vitamins in concentrated amounts. We’re talking grub that’ll serve up antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, magnesium, protein, calcium, and iron, among other things that are — wait for it — super good for you.
Superfoods are known to improve health and potentially help ward off things like heart disease, diabetes, and digestive issues. But are they worth it, and where the heck do you start?
To get the most out of these nutrient-rich foods, it pays to know exactly what you’re getting. So we sat down with Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, founder and director of Real Nutrition, to discuss which superfoods can give you the best bang for your buck and maintain a reasonably long shelf life. Below you’ll find Shapiro’s picks for the foods that pack a serious wellness punch.