6 Super Foods for Super Women
6 Super Foods for Super Women

6 Super Foods for Super Women

Foods that science says women need

Girls. We may be fierce as heck, but underneath the poise and the glam, we’re dealing with A LOT. Oh don’t get us wrong, we can totally tackle all of it (while looking fabulous), but there are a few tricks to make it feel easier, both mentally and physically. #NutritionHacks

We are literally powered by whatever we’re putting into our bodies; and recharging with healthy foods can make a huge difference. Research shows it may alleviate cramps, make our skin glow, and even helps prevent diseases like breast cancer. (Keep reading and you’ll see how.)

“Health foods” are all over the place, and it seems anytime we scroll through social media or make a grocery run, we’re bombarded with ads for products. Each screaming for our attention, telling us how they will change our lives. Lucky for you, we’ve researched the research for you! And it turns out that some of the best superfoods are probably already in your home. Holla!

Check out these superfoods chosen especially for women to give us an extra edge on life, and some of our favorite recipes to help you make them part of your weekly meals.  

#1: Greek yogurt

Low-fat yogurt is packed with probiotics, which can help with better digestion, but they can also be especially helpful for women’s vaginal health, according to the Canadian Research and Development Centre for Probiotics. Bored with eating plain yogurt? Try these Fresh Strawberry Smoothie Breakfast Pops.

#2: Fish

Fatty fish – like salmon, sardines, and mackerel are killer superfoods because they’ve got omega-3 fatty acids, and two of our favorite types: DHA and EPA, which are directly used by the body. Eating these can help protect us from lots of illnesses like heart disease, depression, joint pain, stroke, even Alzheimer’s disease, according to nutritionist Elizabeth Somer, MS, RD, author of Age-proof Your Body. To get your omega-3s, try this delicious Sriracha Lime-Glazed Salmon.

#3: Beans

Beans are a great source of protein that don’t have the unhealthy fats that some meats contain. 
One study found that having a daily serving of beans, peas, chickpeas, or lentils can significantly reduce bad cholesterol. We recommend this yummy Butternut Squash Lentil Chili to get your daily dose!

#4: Tomatoes

Tomatoes are packed with lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. Researchers at Ohio State found that you can absorb more lycopene when the tomatoes are heated up, so try a hot dish! We love the Char-Grilled Cherry Tomato Bruschetta.

# 5: Vitamin D fortified Milk

Vitamin D is life, and lots of us women don’t get enough! We (wisely) protect our skin with hats and sunscreen, but our bodies still need Vitamin D to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. Plus it helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis and cancer. Fortified milk is a great source, and you can even spice it up with this Golden Milk (Turmeric Tea) recipe. 

# 6: Blueberries

These small, but mighty berries pack a lot of punch! They have powerful anti-cancer nutrients known as anthocyans, and they’re also high in Vitamin C and folic acid, which is essential for all women in their childbearing years, according to nutritionist Susan Krause, MS, RD, and can even slow your skin’s aging. We love combining them with almonds (another super food) in this Blueberry Almond Smoothie.

– The goodNes Crew