4 Naturally Gluten-Free Super Foods to Eat Right Now

Super foods are foods that are considered nutrient-rich and particularly beneficial for our health. Many kinds of super foods exist; some promote healthy skin, others a healthy gut flora, and others can even help reduce the effects of stress on the body. Fresh spring and summer produce provide the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the delicious health benefits of these naturally gluten-free foods. Here are some of the tastiest and most useful super foods.

1 – Fresh Berries

Bursting with valuable phytochemicals called flavanoids, antioxidants, and anthocyanins, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are excellent sources of nutritional support for our bodies. Buy fresh berries now when they are most affordable and abundant and try recipes like One-Ingredient Homemade Berry Jam.

2 – Cherries

Cherries contain substances that fight inflammation throughout the body. Research shows cherries contain two specific compounds that stop tumor growth and can cause cancer cells to die. Cherries are also loaded with anthocyanins, the same powerful phytochemical found in berries. Pit and freeze a few cups of cherries to have on hand for this delicious Black Forest Smoothie!

3 – Kale

A true super-food, kale is believed to reduce the risk of certain types of cancers, to stabilize blood sugar, and even to protect our bodies against damaging free radicals. Make simple Kale Chips with Rosemary & Sea Salt for your next summer get together!

4 – Spring Onions

Onions come from a family of flowering plants called alliums. Research confirms alliums contain powerful cancer-fighting and anti-inflammatory compounds. The compounds responsible for the health benefits of pungent foods like spring onions and garlic are most effective when the plants are consumed raw. Use sweet spring onions to add healthy flavor and crunch to a batch of homemade salsa or your next summer salad!

Head to your local farmers market and stock up on these and other naturally gluten-free super foods while they are at their peak in terms of flavor and nutrition!

Gigi Stewart, M.A., Founder & CEO, Gluten Free Gigi, LLC, is a former neuroscience researcher and the author of The Gluten-Free Solution: Your Ultimate Guide to Positive Gluten-Free Living, creator of the popular website, GlutenFreeGigi.com and Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Food Solutions magazine.

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