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5 Superfoods You Can Easily Add to Your Meals

5 Superfoods You Can Easily Add to Your Meals

Superfoods — we’ve all heard of these, and sometimes they seem to be unrecognizable, weird-tasting things you try to shove down your throat because somebody on Twitter was raving about their great micronutrient contents, amino-acids, or whatever.

However, if you want to make a slow change to a healthier lifestyle without thrashing your entire pantry tonight, there might be just a few healthy superfoods that you can easily stock up and incorporate into your diet. You can simply grab a few bags from the grocery store to add some extra oomph to your meals.

These superfoods are easy because you can sprinkle them over your food — no need to soak, cook, prepare a separate dish, or experiment in your kitchen.

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1. Flaxseed

flaxseed

    Filled with omega 3 fatty acids, lignans, and fiber, flaxseed can be easily sprinkled over your breakfast cereal, added to your pancake batter, mixed into your smoothies, or used as a topping to your lunch grain. Whether all of the claims about flaxseed as a protector against cancer and heart disease are true is something that I leave to medical researchers to flesh out, but the rich fiber contents of flaxseed certainly have a positive effect on your pathways of elimination.

    2.Goji berries

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    Goji berries

      Another easy superfood, goji berries, are very dense in nutrients: plant-derived polyphenolic antioxidants; carotenoids such as beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein, beta-cryptoxanthin, and lycopene; vitamins C, B1, B2, and niacin; more than 30 essential and trace minerals including zinc, iron, copper, calcium, selenium, and phosphorus; polysaccharides; and 18 amino acids such as isoleucine, tryptophan, leucine, and arginine. You now can find goji berries in the supermarket, so simply sprinkle them over your breakfast or grab a protein bar that contains these berries for a healthy snack, and give your body a boost of all the goodies this little berry has to offer.

      3. Powdered green drink mix

      Typically, these powdered green drinks contain a mixture of spirulina, wheat grass, barley grass, chlorella, sources of fiber, and sources of antioxidants. Greens and other vegetables, as well as mushrooms, are typically added to the mix. You can easily put a scoop of this powder into a drink of your choice (such as your morning orange juice) and give yourself and your immunity system a boost.

      Prices for these powdered green drink mixes vary widely, so do read the labels. The cheaper mixes often contain a lot of filler material and have a smaller nutritional density. Before you reach for the cheapest option to try this out, spend 5 minutes doing a little research — it will save you money in the long run!

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      4. Chia seeds

      Chia seeds

        Just like flaxseed, these tiny seeds contain a lot of essential omega 3 fatty acids, as well as vitamins A, B, E, and D and minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, niacin, phosphorous, potassium, silicon, sodium, sulphur, thiamine, and zinc. Moreover, chia seeds are rich in protein and fiber.

        Adding chia seeds to your diet is very easy — you can simply add the seeds to your yogurt or salads, blend them into a smoothie, or, if you can find 5 extra minutes for this easy preparation, try some chia pudding for breakfast.

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        5. Raw chocolate

        Raw chocolate

          Chocolate is absolutely delicious, so you won’t have much trouble adding it into your diet or substituting your regular chocolate bars with raw chocolate (which tastes even richer than regular chocolate).

          Chocolate itself is rich in nutrients and antioxidants, but since most commercial chocolate is treated at high temperatures, the nutritional contents is lost. By processing the cacao beans at lower temperature, the nutrients and their health benefits are safeguarded.

           Do you add superfoods to your diet? How do you keep it all fuss-free?

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          Last Updated on September 18, 2020

          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

          Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

          Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

          1. Exercise Daily

          It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

          If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

          Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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          If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

          2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

          Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

          One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

          This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

          3. Acknowledge Your Limits

          Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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          Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

          Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

          4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

          Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

          The basic nutritional advice includes:

          • Eat unprocessed foods
          • Eat more veggies
          • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
          • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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          Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

            5. Watch Out for Travel

            Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

            This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

            If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

            6. Start Slow

            Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

            If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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            7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

            Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

            My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

            If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

            I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

            Final Thoughts

            Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

            Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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