One of the best ways to add SuperFoods to your daily diet is by growing your own fruits and vegetables at home. Whether you live in a large house with a backyard, or a small apartment with nothing more than a few windowsills to hold some pots, SuperFoods are fun and easy to grow –and taste delicious.
Beyond being cheaper and more convenient than visiting the grocery store or waiting for the farmer’s market to roll through town to stock up on some nutrient-packed SuperFoods, there is a great satisfaction that comes with harvesting your own meal.
Summer is the perfect season to begin growing. So, if your green thumb is itching for action, try growing these six SuperFoods at home. Not only will you enjoy cultivating your own mini crops, you’ll also have peace of mind that the produce you’re eating has been grown organically.
- Garlic – This major powerhouse for the body is an absurdly easy plant to care for. One growing season produces enough garlic that you’ll have plenty to share with your friends.
- Blueberries – Blueberries are packed with more anti-aging, cancer-fighting antioxidants than foods like salmon. Growing them also requires minimal care. Make sure to select a sunny location and provide your plant with some moist, weed free soil.
- Pumpkin – Not only is the flesh of this vegetable good for you, but so are the seeds. Pumpkin is also high in fiber, low in calories, and contains rich carotenoids. Just a half-cup serving gives you more than two times the recommended daily dose of alpha-carotene. You’ll want to grow them vertically and train them to grow on a trellis if you have a small garden.
- Tomatoes – There’s nothing better than a ripe, homegrown tomato during the summertime. These anti-cancer, lycopene-packed veggies can be grown in the ground, but also in a small container. Planting your own little garden of tomatoes takes about five minutes.
- Onions – If you’re looking for one of the most powerful foods you can eat on a daily basis, this SuperFood is one of them. Eating them regularly can lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation, and growing them is rewarding. They are a great plant for tucking into small spare corners.
- Spinach – Spinach fat-free, low in calories and loaded with nutrients. A fast-growing plant, it’s capable of producing many leaves in a short period of time, and needs little space to grow.