No matter how hard you workout, if you aren’t changing the way you eat, then you’re shooting yourself in the foot. One way to start the change is to add superfoods into your diet. Now, I know we always hear about kale and sweet potatoes—you know, the rock star superfoods. But there’s another superfood, for women in particular, that you probably are overlooking. Sardines.
Before you say ICK and run away, let’s look at the main benefits of sardines.
Sardines are Full of Omega-3’s
You’ve probably heard lots of buzz about omega-3 fatty acids and how good they are for people. But did you know they are specifically good for women? It’s thought that omega-3’s can help lower the risk for:
- Colorectal cancer
- Breast cancer
And not only that, but omega-3 rich food like sardines act as an anti-inflammatory and mood stabilizer, which can actually ease cramps and other unpleasant symptoms during your period.
But Not Mercury
One common issue with fish is that much of it is high in mercury, which can be poisonous in large doses. And if you’re pregnant, medical professionals everywhere recommend that you stay away from fish because mercury could be harmful to your baby.
However, sardines are very low in mercury. So much so that some health professionals are advocating that women eat them during pregnancy. In fact, some data suggests that women who eat lots of sardines and other similar oily fish will have better social and motor skills than those who don’t.
~20 Grams of Protein per Can
While brands may vary, most cans of sardines are going to give you about 20 grams of protein at 200 calories. Now I don’t know about you, but I’m looking to get protein wherever I can to try and build lean, slender muscle. However, I’ve noticed many women shy away from too much protein. In fact research indicates about half of all women aren’t getting enough protein.
With protein aiding in fat loss, muscle growth, muscle repair, and appetite satiation, I’d say you need to be getting more than your fill. And sardines offer an easy way to do it.
Sardines in a Can is a Quick, Cheap, and Easy Meal
Usually when we hear “omega-3” we think salmon. Well, not everyone has time to cook salmon at night! But luckily, with women more busy than ever before, sardines in a can presents a quick, easy superfood meal. Just pop open the can and eat away.
You can also eat them on small crackers (although, be careful about the type and amount of crackers. They’re processed and carb-loaded!). Opt for canned sardines that are in olive oil over others, so you get more of the healthy fats.
Going to start eating sardines? Let us know how it goes for you!