These days it is a trend to be fit and lead a healthy lifestyle. This is definitely a great thing considering the increase in diseases and illnesses around the world. This blog will highlight some of the powerful superfoods you should consider including in your diet. If you have heard the word before but aren’t exactly sure what it means, superfoods are nutrient-rich food items which are extremely beneficial for your health and well-being. So let’s explore five superfoods that you can potentially add to your diet, I will also give you reasons why these items are so good for your health.
Besides the general consensus that superfoods are nutrient-rich (this means they contain high amounts of vitamins and minerals), they also provide a great source of antioxidants.
I am sure you have heard about these miracle berries, and for good reason. Goji berries are orange-red in colour and are a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants. They can be found dried or in powders and drinks. If you have never had some before expect a slightly tangy taste. Goji berries are great in smoothies, breakfast cereals, yogurts or can even be eaten as is, perfect for a snack throughout the day.
Chia seeds can be referred to as the ‘new kid on the block’ in the world of superfoods, and there is no surprise why. They are packed with fiber, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. They might not look very appetising but they are surprisingly great tasting and have a crunchy texture with a nutty taste. Another great thing about this superfood is its versatility. You can add them to sweet dishes like smoothies and health bowls or savoury dishes like stir-fry meals. Another great thing (to hopefully convince you of the amazing power of the chia seed) is: if you are not fond of fish, chia seeds are a great way to get plant based omega-3 in your diet.
Of course, seaweed is full of omega-3 fatty acids because it is an ocean-grown vegetable unlike soil-grown vegetables. Omega-3 is not the only great thing about it, seaweed also contains iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iodine and zinc. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind when you think seaweed is sushi which is typically made with nori. However, you might be surprised to know that there are other types of seaweed as well, such as dulse, arame, kombu, hijiki and wakame.
Lastly, we explore the old faithful. Kale has been around for a long time, it’s not a new superfood but it is definitely one that ranks on top. Kale has more antioxidants than most fruit and vegetables. And it doesn’t end there, kale also has a large source of iron, calcium and fibre. You can eat kale in many ways too, if you can’t bare it steamed or cooked perhaps add it to a smoothie or fry it like chips.
This superfood is made from deactivated yeast and has a very strong flavour, often described as creamy, nutty and cheesy, which is why it makes for a great cheese substitute. Nutritional yeast is suitable for vegans and vegetarians, nutritional yeast is a great source of vitamin B12 which is necessary for the effective function of the brain and nervous system. Not sure how to eat this? Simply sprinkle over your food, whether its pasta or stir fry.
There you have it, great superfoods you can add to your everyday diet. All of the superfoods mentioned above can easily be found in many stores and health sections. So go forth and be super healthy!