NEW 3-Day Refresh

 

3 Day Refresh

Has your nutrition been off track lately? Have a big event coming up and need to shed a few pounds quickly? Want to sleep better, feel better, and reboot your body?

Now we have a healthy, safe 3 day cleanse option in Beachbody’s 3-Day Refresh. Yay!! This is for anyone wanting to kick-start clean eating habits for the first time or just wanting to prepare for big event, milestone or trip and look his or her best. The program is also for people seeking to undo the effects of a recent binge.

Who doesn’t want to:

• lose weight quickly,
• feel lighter,
• feel cleaner and healthier,
• improve digestion,
• curb cravings for junk food, or
• improve mental clarity

The New 3-Day Refresh is designed to help your body detox, help you eat less, and not be so hungry – all without the use of artificial ingredients or preservatives. The 3-Day Refresh contains the fiber, nutrition, and omega 3’s necessary to help you reset your body and your eating habits without starving yourself. The best part is that while doing the 3-Day Refresh, you can still work out!

How does it work? Shakeology for breakfast, 1 fiber drink, 6 healthy snacks and one dinner recipe daily. It’s that simple!

 
Ready get a clean break from bad habits? Click HERE and join us

Megean and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

Real Life Weight Loss Goals

Real life weight loss goals

Ever open a fitness magazine, look at the images and think “that’s nice but how can I ever look like that?” We all know that Photoshop alters images and that fitness competitors and body builders spend hours in the gym, but there’s still a mental disconnect between what we see, what we know, and what we want. Before & after pictures can be inspiring but also discouraging. I wish there were more before & after pics reflecting real women in real life – in particular of moms!

Here’s the deal, unless you are planning on becoming a fitness competitor or you have a serious passion for fitness and just love working out for an hour or more every day, chances are you are never going to look like Jillian Michaels. Do you really care? I remind myself all the time to keep the focus where it matters. For me, this means focusing on feeling strong, feeling great in my clothes, loving the skin I’m in, and being healthy so that I can be around for my family.

Don’t lose sight of your reality and don’t let a crazy awesome transformation story make you feel like your goals & reality aren’t good enough. They are! Keep it real and make it easier to celebrate your victories and milestones. Everyone has a story. This is yours. Make it count.

 Megean and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

3 Ways to Lose Weight the Quick and Healthy Way

 fruit bowl

Losing weight and getting fit takes effort. If it was fast and easy, everyone would do it, but it doesn’t have to take as much time or effort as you might think. If you make a few tweaks and small changes to your lifestyle, you’ll be surprised how quickly you see improvements.

1. Switch Up at Happy Hour

Instead of meeting up with your friends for drinks after work or having a glass of wine at home, which can pack on excess calories in a hurry, why not go for a walk or run? Invite your friends to join you and/or bring your kids along. That way you’re adding exercise to your afternoon routine and avoiding calorie packed alcoholic beverages.

2. Commit to 25 Minutes Every Day

It can be all too easy to skip a workout, especially when you think you have to commit to an hour or more. If you tell yourself that you’ll do just 25 minutes every day, you’ll be ahead of the curve. If you’re tempted to skip, just tell yourself, “It’s just 25 minutes. Netflix…kids…dinner…laundry can wait for 25 minutes.” You’ll find, once you make this commitment, that you’ll often do more than 25 minutes, as you get caught up in working out and enjoying your results. On days when you’re feeling tired or out of it, you still get 25 minutes in to feel good about. If you can’t get outside, check out Focus T25, P90X3, or 21 Day Fix for workouts that are 30 minutes or less. 

3. Drink Water and Eat Your Veggies

When you’re dehydrated, it’s easy to mistake thirst for hunger. To combat this, drink plenty of water. Keep a water bottle with you so that it’s convenient for you to drink at least 64 ounces of water every day. At the same time, when you get a snack attack, reach for fresh fruits and vegetables. They’re high in fiber, water, and will make you feel full for long periods of time without packing on a ton of calories.

Sources:

Personal Experience
http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/lose-weight-fast-how-to-do-it-safely

Me and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  

Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

Raspberry Ketones – Scam Or Miracle Weight Loss Supplement?

Supplements

 

I set aside a couple of hours to look into the hype behind Raspberry Ketones last week. Turns out, I didn’t need that much time to realize the overwhelming consensus is that the supplement is not a magic weight loss solution. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just pop a pill and lose weight without changing any of our habits? I must disclaim that I did not read any of the rat research and relied on Consumer Reports, news outlets, and medical experts to sum it up for me. These aren’t my opinions, these are what the experts and reporters discovered.

What Is It Supposed To Do?

Raspberry ketone supposedly helps to enhance activity of a hormone that regulates blood glucose and body weight. I’m not even sure what that means. In stay-at-home-mom speak, it’s supposed to mean that it “slices up fat molecules” and helps the body “burn fat easier.” There is no evidence to back up these claims though, and in the scientific community this kind of “pseudo-science” speak is pretty much meaningless. To date there is not even one human study demonstrating any weight loss at all as a result of consuming raspberry ketone.

The Dr. Oz Factor

I’ll admit I’ve watched my share of Dr. Oz episodes. Usually, the show ends and I feel like I didn’t learn anything but had a great time doing it. His show appears to be responsible for the Raspberry Ketone frenzy. His segment featured Lisa Lynn, who Dr. Oz referred to as a weight loss expert. Lisa Lynn is not a nutritionist, a nurse or medical doctor. She has a certificate for exercise training from the International Sports Sciences Association and she sells raspberry ketone supplements. I personally don’t think that makes her a “weight loss expert” qualified to speak about the nutritional biochemistry of ketones and fat metabolism, but now that you know the whole truth you can form your own opinion.

Yeah, But People Say It Worked For Them

I could only locate one article from Women Magazine where someone actually lost weight after taking the supplement for 4 weeks. She also did a cleanse for 4 weeks while taking it, so I’m not impressed by her results and a little frustrated that she claimed her results were actually from the raspberry keytone. Plus, the fact that there’s a big “ORDER NOW” button at the bottom of the article is pretty big red flag.

Experts think there could be a placebo affect for some people who take it, meaning they think it will work so it works.

If You’re Going to Try It Any Way

The supplement should be derived from real red raspberries, a 1,000mg daily dose, and no additional ingredients. Many brands do not pass this criteria. Some companies fill their supplements with cheap fillers, binders, and other synthetic ingredients. Choose your supplement wisely.

At the end of the day, the science of weight loss is still well established. Reduce calories, eat less processed foods, exercise regularly to burn calories, and you will lose weight steadily. Fail to engage in these fundamental activities, and chances are nothing will happen. You can spend 4 weeks taking raspberry keytone and see no results. Eat well and workout for those 4 weeks and you are practically guarantee weight loss. The raspberry ketone craze appears to prey on people desperate for an easy fix, and massively under-delivering on results.

Resources:
http://www.appforhealth.com/2012/05/5-things-dr-oz-didnt-mention-about-raspberry-ketones/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/becky-hand/raspberry-ketones_b_2727943.html

http://consumereview.org/raspberryketone/is-your-raspberry-ketone-effective/

Me and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  

Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

5 Common Sense Tips For Rapid Weight Loss

Common Sense

We are so bombarded these days with information on how to lose weight, what works and what doesn’t. I dare you to google “weight loss” and read for 20 minutes without your heading spinning. If you weren’t confused before that, I can guarantee you will be afterwards. I’m such a no nonsense person – I just want you to give it to me straight without all the fluff. Why not get back to the basics of a healthy lifestyle? I promise that if you focus on healthy living and making these 4 things common practice, weight loss will be an oh-so-fabulous side effect. It will just happen naturally and quickly.

1. More Sleep.

Duh. Right? Easier said than done. Right? Sleep is non-negotiable. We have to have it to function in the world. Our bodies have to have it in order to function properly. Things like metabolism, levels of stress hormones, and appetite are all greatly affected by lack of sleep…and not in a good way. Chronic sleep deprivation can actually cause weight gain along with a whole host of other unpleasant conditions like high blood pressure and heart attack. If you can’t find time to sleep for 7-9 hours a night, you must re-evaluate things. That may sound harsh but until you can get enough sleep, nothing is ever going to feel great or come together like you want it too!

Want more information? Check out this link

2. Limit Processed Foods.

It sounds so great to say, “I limit processed foods!” Yay! But what does it really mean? What and how much you limit is up to you, but I think that in this case, more is actually better. Generally, I think of processed food as any pre-packaged food with more than two or three ingredients. Here are my general guidelines when deciding something is not consumption worthy:

• It has more than two or three ingredients. Frozen broccoli should only say “broccoli” next to ingredients.
• I found it in the center isles of the grocery store. With the exception of grains, most things in the middle of the store are highly processed with lots of junk.
• I found it in a convenience or gas station store. Even the nuts and dried fruits in these places are FULL of truly awful things like sugar, nitrates, and other preservatives.
• I found it in a drive through. In a pinch, ok fine some of the salads are edible, but even those are topped with meat that’s processed.

3. Don’t Go Back For Seconds, Ever.

This is the simplest thing in the world, but not always easy to do. Our perceptions of serving sizes are skewed. Chances are you had plenty to eat in your first round. If you’re still hungry an hour later, have a snack instead of another plate of food.

4. Drink Water & Only Water.

We hear this so much now that it’s almost like white noise when someone says, “drink more water!” A cup of coffee is fine. Herbal tea? Go for it. Our bodies are more water than anything else so water intake is actually required for it to function properly. If you’re already drinking only water, that’s amazing! Keep it up. If you’re not, it just makes sense to start. It’s a simple way to see immediate improvements in how you feel and in your waistline. Ditch the sodas, alcohol and juices and drink water!

5. Be More Active.

You don’t have to commit to doing Insanity or P90X. You simply need to increase your activity level. Shoot for 30 minutes of activity 5 days a week. If you hate exercise, get outside, play with your kids, turn up the music and dance, or go for a walk. Not only will you feel amazing from those endorphins, you’ll also speed up weight loss. As you become more active, keep working on being even MORE active. If you only have 30 minutes, that’s ok just make those 30 minutes a little more intense over time. Keep challenging yourself! The rewards of accomplishing something you thought you couldn’t are just as profound as dropping a clothing size.

There are always exceptions, I certainly haven’t covered every “what if” here, and I’m not saying you need to be perfect all of the time to make progress. Generally, if you do these five things you’re going to feel better, make better choices, lose weight, feel better, make better choices….you get my drift.

Meagan Norris- Beachbody CoachMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  

Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

Stop Counting Calories And Lose

Counting Calories

We’ve known for years that the key to losing weight is to take in fewer calories than you expend in any given day, right? Well, that’s technically still true, but just counting the calories you eat every day to balance your input vs. output is actually a pretty terrible way to diet.

Stop Dieting

First of all, you shouldn’t be “on a diet” to lose weight. Yes, you need to change how you eat and what you eat, along with how much you workout, to see the number on the scale tip downwards. However, if you don’t change your lifestyle, when you stop restricting calories, you’ll just gain weight again. Change the way you think about losing weight – it’s not a temporary diet, it’s a permanent lifestyle that must last forever.

Don’t Restrict Nutrients

If you count all calories the same, you’re running the risk of not getting enough vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients in your diet. You should never feel guilty about eating a handful of grape tomatoes or baby carrots, and the calories in a piece of salmon can’t be compared to the calories in a piece of cake.

Replace Unhealthy Snacks

If you’re trying to lose weight, carry around a notebook for a week and record everything you eat. Don’t feel guilty, and don’t try to change anything that first week. After that week, go through your journal and cut out one unhealthy snack for a week, then another, and another. You can start replacing some of those snacks with healthy snacks like apple slices, carrots, and other fruits and vegetables as you go.

Stress Less

Counting calories can be stressful. You might run out of allowed calories for the day early on if you eat something unhealthy or calorie-dense. Then you’ll feel hungry and stressed out for the rest of the day. That stress and hunger activates cortisol production, which promotes fat storage – the opposite of what you want to do. So relax, eat healthy foods, and exercise regularly. You’ll get there!

Sources:
Personal Experience

http://pilatesnutritionist.com/6-reasons-to-stop-counting-calories-11-things-to-do-instead/

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/5-reasons-why-you-should-stop-counting-calories.html

Meagan Norris- Beachbody CoachMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  

Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

Adapting to a Healthier Diet When You Feel Overwhelmed

Adapting to Healthy Diet

When trying to eat healthier or lose weight, it’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed. You might feel overwhelmed, confused, and discouraged. Here are some tips that will set you up for success. Any one can do lose weight and get healthy – it’s truly a matter of you deciding that you’re going to make a change and never look back.

Start Slowly

“Diets” fail because they feel like punishment. As soon as I know I can’t eat something, it’s all I think about! When you create strict rules to follow, you not only feel as if you are depriving yourself of things you want, but you also increase the chances that you’ll slip up. You must stop thinking about weight loss as a temporary goal with temporary behaviors. It’s a lifestyle, a way of living, that will make you feel great and allow the weight loss to happen naturally.

I recommend making small and gradual substitutions. For example, if you usually drink soda with your lunch, you can substitute water for soda one day a week, then two days, then three. Eventually, you will get used to the healthier choice and it will become a habit.

Another great place to start is by cutting out snacks after dinner two nights a week, then three, ect. Mindless night time eating is a trap for many women! This simple change alone can lead to weight loss.

Learn to Make Simple Dishes

Cooking at home is a great and tasty way to eat healthier, especially if you incorporate fresh vegetables. However, you do not have to be a gourmet chef or count every single calorie that goes into your dishes. I recommend that you keep it simple and just focus on incorporating fresh ingredients.

Healthy people tend to eat the same thing over and over. Find a dish that you like and stick with it until you have time and are ready to branch out. For example, instead of a chicken casserole bake chicken breasts and roast a vegetable. It’s much easier to keep track of portions when you eat simple, de-constructed meals.

Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself

Lifestyle changes are much more successful over the long-term when they are gradual changes. Accept that you may not see drastic results in just a few weeks, and learn to celebrate your small victories. It is worth celebrating when you find a new healthy dish you like to cook or when you find an exercise routine that you find fun. Appreciate these victories and look for ways to add to them.
Don’t use a bad day or week as an excuse to quit trying. Failure is your friend! It’s a chance to learn something about yourself, your habits and what you need to do to be successful.

 

Meagan Norris- Beachbody CoachMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  

Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

 

10 Simple Tips For Controlling Cravings

10 Tips To Stop Cravings

Cravings can get the worst of us. They can turn a great day into something we would rather not remember. Learning behaviors and habits that will allow you to just say no is the key to weight loss, feeling great, confidence, and long term maintenance once you’ve reached your goals!

Remember That Willpower Is Like a Muscle

Willpower is just like any muscle in your body. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. At first, you may find it very difficult to say no to your usual afternoon sugary treat. Over time, your willpower gets STRONGER and it becomes easier to make the healthy choice. You start to recognize the confidence and power that come from being in control of food, instead of letting it be in control of you. Don’t expect it to be easy right out of the gate, but know that it does get easier!

Drink Plenty of Water, Then Drink More

Thirst can mascarade as a craving. I suggest cutting your body weight in half and shooting for that many ounces of water every day. For example, I weight about 145 so I shoot for roughly 70 ounces of water (or 2.5 Nalgene bottles) every day! Make sure you’re not just thirsty before you reach for that treat.

Eat Enough of The Right Foods

It’s not enough to count calories. You have to eat the right foods. The good news is that you can eat much MORE when you eat the right foods. Be honest with yourself, are you actually getting 5 servings of vegetables every day? Do you know what a serving looks like? This is something I struggled with and didn’t even realize it! Programs like 21 Day Fix will help you get your portions and food on track if you need help with what to eat. Without enough of the right fuel in your body you will be more likely to crave something that’s bad for you.

Indulge Once A Week

If you’re trying to lose weight, I recommend limiting true indulgences to once a week. Once you are in “maintenance mode” you can relax that a little more. It’s important to give yourself something to look forward too every week so that you can say no in the moment knowing that if you wait it out you can truly enjoy a treat at the end of the week.

Embrace the 20 Minute Rule

If you’re really feeling like you just can’t live without that piece of chocolate or salty pretzel, wait 20 minutes before indulging. Drink some water and focus on something else. You may find that 20 minutes later you couldn’t care less about that treat or you might gain some perspective about whether it’s a good choice for you.

Don’t Expect to Be Perfect

It’s about progress, not perfection. No one is perfect! If you use a slip up as a reason to quit and throw in the towel for the rest of the day or week, you’ll back track big time. You can’t ruin your progress with one bad choice or even one bad day. Don’t give yourself this easy out.

Get An Accountability Partner

Having someone you can call, text, or email when that craving hits can make all the difference. Choose someone with whom you are comfortable sharing your goals and struggles. Also commit to offensive accountability: it’s not about that person discovering that you’re struggling to make good choices, it’s about YOU taking responsibility for reaching out when you need help.

Sleep More

If you constantly find that you are fighting cravings even after trying these simple techniques, you may just be tired. Permission to sleep more granted! If you’re sure you simply can’t get to bed earlier think about cutting out Television and Internet surfing. Chances are you can sneak in at least one more hour of sleep with some scheduling and discipline.

Operation Distraction

Finding a healthy alternative to your favorite treat couldn’t be simpler now. Google is your friend so use it! There are endless blogs and websites dedicated to making yummy treats out of healthy ingredients. One of my favorites is www.paleomg.com but find the ones that work for you. Remember, it’s better to eat a high calorie treat that’s full of healthy ingredients than to opt for a low calorie treat that’s highly processed and full of chemicals.

Never Give Up

Never give up on yourself. If these tricks aren’t working for you, who cares? Do your own research, be your own advocate, and find something that does work for you! These things work for me, but that doesn’t mean they are perfect fit for everyone. Take responsibility for your health and have confidence that you will figure this out!

 

Meagan Norris- Beachbody CoachMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!

Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

Water is your Best Friend

Water is your best friend

You’ve probably heard that it is important to drink plenty of water. Most people appreciate that it is bad to be dehydrated, but few fully understand just how beneficial it is to incorporate enough water into your diet. Let’s look at a few of the somewhat surprising benefits of drinking water.

Water Can Help You Safely Lose Weight

One of the simplest ways to shed a few pounds is to drink more water. This may seem too easy or strange to you, but there are plenty of reasons why it works. One of the first symptoms of dehydration is hunger. You may find yourself craving less food when you increase your water intake, and you are not depriving your body of anything it needs.

Moisturize Your Skin from the Inside Out

Dry skin is a very common problem, especially in the wintertime. Instead of spending a lot on expensive moisturizers, you can provide the hydration your skin needs by drinking water. Your skin cells need water in order to repair quickly, allowing you to enjoy youthful, smooth and firm skin.

Build Your Muscles

Trying to tone up or bulk up during your fitness routine? According to Fit Day, you can strengthen your muscles with the help of water. Your muscles require oxygen in order to work and perform, as you need them to. Water delivers this much-needed oxygen.

Boost Your Energy Levels

If you are feeling run down and do not have the energy to complete your fitness routine, it could be because you are low on H2O. Thirst is actually often one of the last signs of dehydration. When your body needs water, you could begin to feel tired, run-down, or have a headache. Instead of reaching for more caffeine, reach for a glass of water.

Get a reusable water bottle and make a point to drink several bottles every day! Could be the simplest solution you’ve ever tried!

Source:

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/5-little-known-benefits-of-drinking-water.html

 

Meagan Norris- Beachbody CoachMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!

Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

Making Sense of Superfoods

 Superfoods

In recent years, the term “superfood” has been thrown around a lot, and may have caused you some confusion. The confusing part is often that no two lists of these miracle foods ever tend to be the same. This is because the foods considered superfoods are subjective.

What Makes a Food Super?

The term “superfood” is a blanket term typically used to describe any food that is densely packed with vitamins, nutrients and/or antioxidants. These are foods that are considered to be particularly beneficial to your health, providing a wide variety of health benefits from weight loss to a strengthened immune system.

Below are a few examples of foods that are commonly labeled as superfoods.

Blueberries

As on this list, blueberries will often come first in lists of superfoods. This is because you will be hard-pressed to find another food that packs so many vitamins and so much fiber into such a small space.

It is important to note, as Live Science has, that most other berries are almost or equally as healthful as blueberries. If you prefer blackberries or cranberries, you will still be doing your body a great service when you have a handful of these.

Spinach

Spinach is more than just a food that makes cartoon characters strong. It is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C, Lutein and other important nutrients. Similar to the berries, most dark leafy green vegetables are going to be very good for your diet. Spinach in particular is considered to be good for your immune system, your eyesight and your cardiovascular health.

Salmon

Speaking of your heart health, salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids to help in this area. It is also a very lean source of protein, making it a great way to get the fuel you need for your workouts.

Dark Chocolate

In need of desert? Have a small serving of dark chocolate, which also contains antioxidants. Dark chocolate has actually been linked to lowered blood pressure and improved heart health.

I get my daily dose of superfoods in Shakeology, but I also try to add in as many of these foods into my diet as possible. This is one of my favorite, simple superfood treat!

Rasberries

Raspberries With Whipped Coconut Cream

Ingredients:

½ cup of raspberries
1 can of coconut cream chilled for at least an hour in the refrigerator
1 tbls of pure maple syrup or raw honey
1 tsp of vanilla

Directions:

Place the coconut cream, syrup, and vanilla into a mixing bowl. Whip them together. Top Raspberries with one or two tablespoons of the cream and save the rest for later! The leftover cream is delicious on waffles, fruit, and on top of smoothies!

Source:

http://www.livescience.com/34693-superfoods.html

 

Meagan NorrisMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!

Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!