The word ‘superfood’ is pretty much everywhere, from the news to grocery stores and even skincare. Shopping to restock the pantry? It’s there. Buying a new serum? There it is! Looking for treats for your four-legged buds? Yup, you get the picture.
Now that we’re more health-conscious than ever, it seems as if there’s a new nutritional buzzword every day. But what’s the deal with superfoods? Are they really that super?
What are superfoods?
While there are no specific criteria for food to be considered a superfood, the name is commonly reserved for natural foods that are high in nutrients but low in calories. Not all foods are created equal! Some are just healthier than others.
Superfoods are nutritional powerhouses. They have a whole spectrum of healthful nutrients in a small serving. Fruits, veggies, and many other nutrient-dense items are all considered superfoods. They are high in micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes.
Think of superfoods as the superheroes in the plant universe. Instead of warding off crime, they fuel the body so it can fight chronic disease and other nutrient deficiencies.
For us hoomans, we include nutrient-rich superfoods in our diets with acai bowls and green smoothies. It makes sense to also think about what we feed our furry companions. The good news is you don’t need to look further for a top-quality diet.
At Loveabowl, we’ve packed our dry foods with a power blend of superfoods. We want these superheroes to help keep our fur kids healthy inside and out. A bowl of Loveabowl is not just irresistibly tasty; they boost immunity and keep your furry buds bright-eyed and healthy.
What’s in our superfood power blend?
Let’s break down the superfoods that make our dry food extra special!
Blueberries or nature’s candy aren’t just tasty; they’re also really healthy. This tiny fruit packs a punch and has many antioxidants and phytochemicals. They’re also a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fibre.
Plus, they help strengthen the immune system while lowering the risk of cancer and anti-aging. (Next time you’re snacking on some, share a few with your furry bestie! Just make sure they’re not allergic!)
Whether you enjoy them dried, from a trail mix, or as a post-Turkey Day snack, these tart berries come with many health benefits. They can boost the immune system, help prevent some cancers, and improve cognitive and bladder health. They can even reduce tartar and plaque build-up!
Hold onto your pumpkin spice lattes. Pumpkin, not the spices associated with it, is actually great for our furry best friends! The popular squash is low in calories and rich in fibre, which promotes a healthy digestive system. It’s also a great home remedy for hairballs! From diarrhea to constipation, pumpkin can be your picky feline’s new best friend.
And because it’s a great source of vitamin A, it also helps protect your fur kids’ peepers from cataracts and deterioration. Win-win!
Popeye’s favourite snack and for a good reason—this leafy green has many essential vitamins like vitamin A, B, C, and K. It also contains iron, antioxidants, and beta-carotene, the last of which helps keep the digestive tract healthy. They’re also rich in carotenoids (such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and chlorophyll), fat-soluble pigments that provide the brilliant green colour of spinach and help the eye detect contrast better.
Lentils are a staple among vegetarians and vegans, and we get why. These legumes are low in calories but high in fibre, protein, vitamins, and minerals. It’s also an excellent source of iron, a necessary mineral that gives your furry pals the energy they need to be active. Red blood cells need iron. If there’s adequate iron, the body has enough red blood cells to deliver oxygen to the body and make it work. Without it, anemia can happen and cause fatigue.
This sea veggie that creeps beside us in the water is actually good for our furry pals. Kelp is one of the richest natural sources of amino acids. It contains vitamins and minerals, including iodine for thyroid health and iron to support circulation. Kelp also promotes healthy skin, coat, stomach, and immune system. No need to head to the beach to pick up a batch of kelp—just one serving of Loveabowl can do the trick!
This healthy and heartwarming spice is not only bold in flavour, but it’s big in benefits too. Around the world, ginger is used as a holistic remedy for a host of ailments and conditions. Ginger contains antioxidant, cancer-fighting, and anti-inflammatory properties. These can soothe the digestive tract, reduce nausea and bloating, and aid in digestion. Studies show that it can even help alleviate pain and ease severe inflammation associated with arthritis.
Feeding your furry family meals rich in superfoods can work wonders for their health. Introduce new food gradually and talk to your vet before major changes in your fur kid’s diet!