Food in capes? In a way...
Here are a couple of "formal" definitions of superfoods:
Though there is no legal or medical definition, superfoods are nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Eating them may reduce the risk of chronic disease, and prolong life, and people who eat more of them are healthier and thinner than those who don't. (health.com)
Generally speaking, superfoods refer to foods — especially fruits and vegetables — whose nutrient content confers a health benefit above that of other foods. (eufic.org)
So... Superfoods are like superheroes for your body! Supporting your internal system, keeping the villain bugs and illnesses at bay.
Let's sort these out:
What we need to know:
Yes, these things are legit. It's science!
This is all good and great, but super foods sound super overwhelming! I don't know where you find half of these, and cramming them into your daily meals sounds daunting and expensive.
I like to try and be healthy to boost my fitness, but I mean, come on! Most of us are short on time, and shopping, preparing, and consuming all of these things seems near impossible-- until you find the right all-in-one nutrition shake.
This is why I decided to give Shakeology a shot (everything you see in those charts are in Shakeology!). Doing the research, it is clear not all shakes are the same. Nutrition doesn't just include protein, there are many other components we need to consider. Shakeology seemed to offer a lot of them compared to others.
I just assumed it would be another, terrible tasting, wheat-grass kind of thing. I was pleasantly surprised!
I started with the Vegan Chocolate because that's what my husband had in the cupboard while he was doing his Ultimate Reset. And I LOVE chocolate. I mixed it with some almond milk and almond butter, and it was an enjoyable peanut butter-chocolate flavored treat!
Of course it doesn't taste like a full cream, whole milk, sugary, tasty milkshake, but it is the closest I've had to actually tasting like chocolate and not chalky, grassy, hard-to-swallow drinks. After some time, I didn't even need the milk. Now I just mix it with cold water and I'm good to go.
Remember to give yourself time to adjust to the taste of nutritious foods. We live in a food culture where everything is made with fat and sugar. Our taste buds have gotten used to this, so the nutritious things that are good for us aren't as satisfying. Change takes time!
I have since moved on to Greenberry (the green color scared me initially but it literally tastes like berries!) and the new Cafe Latte. As time goes on and Darin Olein (the creator) discovers more superfoods that are good for us and natural flavors that we enjoy, Shakeology gets better and better.
Even if Beachbody didn't have fitness programs I love, I would be a customer for life just for the nutrition. It is just soooo dang convenient! There are so many "nutrition" shakes out there, and it's all a matter of preference--but I like the taste, I know it has whole food ingredients, and I know these ingredients do my body good. Aaand I don't have to do any of the work!
Just be aware-- shop smart. Just because something is labeled as "nutrition", "protein", "organic", etc. doesn't mean it is so. Read labels. Be aware of ingredients. If you don't know what it is, google it! Research.
$4 a day doesn't bother me. I know I spend that on unnecessary things I don't need-- Starbucks, dining out, iTunes, etc. I can't buy a lunch at work for less than $7. In the long run, it has saved me money because I can narrow down my grocery list. I don't have to buy all these crazy foods to make one smoothie, or worry about waste if I don't use them fast enough.
Aaaand I feel better about myself when I drink it, especially when I know I'm going to splurge on pizza and wine :) Or tacos and margaritas. Ya know, the good stuff :)
All you can do is try it for yourself. No one can make you like anything-- only you will know if it's worth it to YOU. Even if you've heard of other nutrition shakes, and everyone is saying "no, no, not that one!" you still need to try these things for yourself! We are all different, and what I like could be totally different from what you like. Do the research. Give what sounds best to you a try. It could be the best investment you make for your body.