Blueberries, spinach, walnuts — you’ve heard countless times about the nutritional benefits of these ingredients, commonly labeled “Superfoods.”
Superfoods is a term which is universally used and accepted for any food that contains high levels of much-needed vitamins and minerals. They can also be a source of antioxidants, substances that shield our bodies from cell damage and help prevent disease.
Superfoods are not restrictive and it is not a diet, but rather a gentle guide that empowers you to make a smart choices for themselves.
Keeping Wellness in mind Westin Hotels and Resorts partner with Dr Steven Pratt who worked closely with the hotel giant to incorporate into its food philosophy specially over breakfast. The concept is now being extended to meeting breaks and lunch breaks.
At Westin, everything is designed to help you feel your best. This year, the chain has introduce the Westin Well-Being Movement, a global initiative dedicated to inspiring guests to discover new approaches to well-being at Westin and beyond. The Movement will feature innovative partnerships and programs across Westin’s six pillars of well-being: Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well and Play Well.
As part of the EAT WELL initiative Westin offers its guest a power packed Superfood breakfast to help its guest preserve wellness while traveling. Here are a few superfood items which are a great source of anti oxidants and we highly recommend you add them to your diet.
- Blueberries : Here is a SuperFood that you can take to the bank! We’re shocked to think that nutritionists and researchers ignored the tiny berry for years because it is relatively low in vitamin C. Thankfully, it was finally discovered that they have incredibly high levels of antioxidant phytonutrients.Health Benefits – Anti-Cancer Agent, Help with Balance and Coordination, Improve Brain Function, Improve Cell Communications, Slow Down the Aging ProcessNutrients – Ascorbic Acid, Carotenoids, Fiber, Folate, Polyphenols, Salicylic Acid, Vitamin ESidekicks – Blackberries, Boysenberries, Cherries, Cranberries, Fresh Currant, Purple Grapes, Raspberries, Strawberries
- Spinach : Popeye was definitely on to something — eating spinach even before we knew about superfoods!You can usually recognize SuperFood fans in the grocery story: Their cars are loaded with spinach! In the U.S., we are now eating five times more fresh spinach than we ate in the 1970s. This is the highest level of spinach since the 1950s when parents were urging their kids to be like Popeye and consume the nutrient-dense veggie every day.Health Benefits – Anti-Cancer, Lowers Blood Pressure, Prevents Asthma, Promotes Bone Health, Promotes Healthy Skin and Hair, Protects Against Macular Degeneration & AMD, Reduces Chances of Heart DiseaseNutrients – Alpha Lipoic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, B Vitamins, Beta-Carotene, Glutathione, Lutein / Zeaxanthin, Vitamin ESidekicks – Arugula, Bok Choy, Collards, Kale, Mustard Greens, Orange Bell Peppers, Romaine Lettuce, Seaweed, Swiss Chard, Turnip Greens
- Dark Chocolate : People throughout the world couldn’t help but celebrate when it was discovered that dark chocolate is a SuperFood. The no longer “forbidden” treat was discovered to have flavonols with potent antioxidant properties that promote healthy blood pressure and more.Health Benefits – Lowers Blood Pressure, May Decrease Heart Disease Risk, May Improve Brain Function, Promotes Blood Flow, Protects Skin from the SunNutrients – Copper, Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, ZincSidekicks – None
- Tomatoes -Many people are often certain there’s going to be bad news that comes along with the consumption of tomatoes — because they taste so good! It’s also assumed that tomatoes have always belonged in the veggie category. However, they were once considered fruit and then the Supreme Court stepped into the picture, in 1893, and decided they’re vegetables. Regardless, they are packed with tons of benefits for your health.Health Benefits – Anti-Cancer, Lowers Blood Pressure, Lowers Glucose Levels, Supports Healthy Skin, Supports Heart HealthNutrients – Alpha and Beta Carotene, Ascorbic Acid, Fiber, Lutein / Zeaxanthin, Lycopene, PotassiumSidekicks – Japanese Persimmons, Pink Grapefruit, Red-fleshed Papayas, Strawberry Guavas, Watermelon
- Red Bell Peppers : Many people are often certain there’s going to be bad news that comes along with the consumption of tomatoes — because they taste so good! It’s also assumed that tomatoes have always belonged in the veggie category. However, they were once considered fruit and then the Supreme Court stepped into the picture, in 1893, and decided they’re vegetables. Regardless, they are packed with tons of benefits for your health.Health Benefits – Anti-Cancer, Lowers Blood Pressure, Lowers Glucose Levels, Supports Healthy Skin, Supports Heart HealthNutrients – Alpha and Beta Carotene, Ascorbic Acid, Fiber, Lutein / Zeaxanthin, Lycopene, PotassiumSidekicks – Japanese Persimmons, Pink Grapefruit, Red-fleshed Papayas, Strawberry Guavas, Watermelon
- Orange : A glass of fresh squeezed orange juice isn’t only beneficial to your taste buds, they happen to be one of the most potent sources of vitamin C on the planet. Not only are they an excellent boost for your immune system, they’ve been proven to support heart health, prevent stroke, regulate glucose levels, and help with a host of chronic ailments.Health Benefits – Lowers Risk of Stroke, Regulates Glucose Levels, Strengthens Immunity, Supports Heart HealthNutrients – Ascorbic Acid, Fiber, Folate, Limonene, Pectin, Polyphenols, PotassiumSidekicks – Kumquats, Lemons, Limes, Tangerines, White and Pink Grapefruit
- Garlic : Garlic is a small and humble-looking veggie, but it places a huge role in major cuisines around the world. It makes even the simplest dishes taste profound. What’s even more exciting is that it’s a major powerhouse for the body.Health Benefits – Anti-Cancer, Can Reduce Blood Pressure, Combats Common Cold and Flu, Detoxifies Heavy Metals in Body, Lowers Cholesterol Levels, May Help Prevent Alzheimer’sNutrients – 75 Organosulfur Compounds, Arginine, Ascorbic Acid, Polyphenols, Potassium, Saponins, SeleniumSidekicks – Leeks, Onions, Scallions, Shallots
- Walnuts : It’s quite common for people to worry about the fat content in nuts while ignoring their massive benefit to the mind and body. Yes, they are high in calories and fat, but in all the good ways. Of course, don’t eat huge quantities. A handful of nuts about five times a week will reduce your chances of getting a heart attack by at least 15 percent and possibly even as much as 51 percent and that’s only the beginning.Health Benefits – Anti-Cancer, Boosts Heart Health, Helps Lower Blood Pressure, Natural Anti-Depressant, Reduce Risk of DiabetesNutrients – Arginine, Fiber, Magnesium, Melatonin, Plant Sterols, Polyphenols, Potassium, Protein, Resveratrol, Vitamin B6, Vitamin ESidekicks – Almonds, Cashews, Hazlenuts, Macadamia Nuts, Peanuts, Pecans, Pistachios, Pumpkin Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Sunflower Seeds
- Wild Salmon : When it comes to omega-3 fatty acids, wild salmon is the one simple answer. It’s delicious, high in protein, wildly available in canned form and easy to prepare. If you eat wild salmon two to four times a week, you will work toward rebalancing the ratio of fatty acids in your body and vastly improving your cellular system. Your mind and body will thank you for this!Health Benefits – Helps Brain & Eye Development for Infants in Pregnancy, Improves Blood Lipid Patterns, Lowers Type II Diabetes Risk, Protects Heart Health, Reduces Risk of Stroke, Reduces Risks of Mental Disorders (Alzheimer’s and Depression), Supports Immune SystemNutrients – B Vitamins, Calcium (when canned with bones), Carotenoids, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Potassium, Protein, Selenium, Vitamin DSidekicks – Alaskan Halibut, Canned Albacore Tuna, Clams, Herring, Oysters, Sardines, Sea Bass, Trout
- Apples : An apple a day is perhaps one of the most delicious prescriptions ever made. Apples are a powerful source of antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber and potassium. Plus, there are only 47 calories in the average sized apple.Health Benefits – Improves Heart Health, Improves Lung Function, Prevents Lung Cancer, Prevents Type II DiabetesNutrients – Antioxidants, Fiber, Flavonoids, Polyphenols, Potassium, Vitamin CSidekicks – Pears