For the last few weeks, we’ve been celebrating National Blueberry Month here at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center. Even though we’re saying goodbye to July, we encourage our patients to carry the celebration into the rest of the summer and beyond. Blueberries, one of nature’s superfoods, can inspire us to keep eating healthy foods all year long.
So what exactly is a superfood?
A superfood is any food that packs in a lot of nutrition with minimal calories. Superfoods are heavy on health benefits such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and high water content. Research has shown positive health effects when you eat superfoods as part of an overall healthy diet.
Our board-certified podiatrist, Kenneth R. Wilhelm, DPM, is primarily concerned with the health of your lower limbs. But he’s also interested in keeping your whole body healthy. Dr. Wilhelm knows that when you eat well, your feet and ankles benefit. Nutrition for your feet, and ankles starts with every food you choose to chew and swallow.
Some other superfoods you should try to include in your diet include
- Other berries! Fresh strawberries, raspberries, goji berries, and acai berries all pack a nutritional punch.
- Dark, leafy greens like spinach, dandelion, collard greens, and kale are high in vitamins and fiber.
- Green tea is high in antioxidants.
- Nuts and seeds contain healthy fats and are high in fiber. Try including almonds, walnuts, and flaxseed to your diet now; later, add in Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, and chia seeds.
- Other healthy fats such as olive oil and avocado.
- Greek yogurt is very high in protein – up to 23 grams in every one-cup serving – and is also a good source of calcium and vitamin D, two nutrients essential for healthy bones.
If you’re stumped on how to add something like chia seeds to your diet, a quick internet search will yield hundreds of recipes. Try making smoothies – they’re a great vehicle for superfood combinations. And for more inspiration on keeping your feet and ankles healthy, visit our website, call our office in Centreville (Fairfax County), Virginia at (703) 996-3000, or schedule an appointment online.