According to the English Oxford Dictionary, a “superfood” is defined as “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being”.
Superfoods are known to be “ultra-healthy” foods, and contain high dosages of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre and phytonutrients. All of these elements contribute greatly to our health via increased energy, improved cholesterol levels, reduced blood pressure, and much more. Superfoods are basically superior to other foods. There are plenty of superfoods that are easily attainable and easily prepared. Here are four superfoods along with easy and simple ways to include them in your daily diet.
Almonds have a delicate and buttery taste, with a subtle hint of sweetness. They are high in vitamin E, zinc, magnesium, copper and vitamin B2. Almonds are great for bone health, the heart, the brain, our skin, hair, and the immune system. Pack yourself a mini bag of almonds before you head to work or school. Munch on them when you are hungry to avoid overeating during meals, or have them as your midday snack. Almonds are a nice alternative to a sugary soda, and potato chips.
Although avocados are high in fats and calories, they are also a highly recommended food to help with weight loss. Avocados are high in fibre (10g per avocado), monounsaturated fat, and vitamin K, which means they keep you full for longer, regulate sugar metabolism, and reduce abdominal fat and insulin sensitivity. Start your day with smashed avocados on toast (add salt to taste), add them in your morning smoothie, or make yourself a simple and healthy guacamole veggie dip.
Chia seeds are low in calories, but provide a high concentration of omega-3 fats, protein, calcium, potassium, fibre and iron. Great for weight loss, they also prevent constipation, aid in digestion, and fight against heart disease. The best way to consume chia seeds is to drink them! Hydrate yourself and keep hunger at bay with chia seeds daily by adding them into juices, nut milk, water, lemon water, or fruit infused water.
These dark green leafs are an excellent source of protein, iron, magnesium, copper and more. This green powerhouse has proven to help with diabetes management, cancer and asthma prevention, it promotes digestion, lowers blood pressure, and promotes healthy skin and hair.