Healthy eating has become one of the hottest topics over the past few years. Whilst the internet is filled with tips, tricks and fads to help people around the world lose weight, some dietitians and doctors say the key to healthy weight loss is fill your plate with so called ‘superfoods’. These ‘superfoods’ are typically defined by their levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals – and have been said to reduce the risk of disease, improve mood and contribute to a healthier life style in general. Most superfoods are plant-based, but also exist across multiple food groups including fish and dairy.
Incorporating superfoods into your diet doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on flavor – here are some of our favorite superfoods that you may already love.
Blueberries are often times held up as one of the best and easiest- to-eat superfoods. Rich in Vitamin K, Fiber and antioxidants, these berries are said to lower your risk of heart attack. They are the perfect cure for a sweet tooth, especially when added to desserts, yogurt or granola.
Whilst there is still much debate to be had around goji berries, there is evidence to say that these shriveled little fellas help brain activity and digestion. Used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years, they contain vitamins A, B and C. So next time you’re looking for a quick snack, grab a handful of goji berries for a quick superfood boost.
Who knew one of the world’s favorite vegetables could be a superfood? This easy to cook ‘superstem’ is packed with Vitamin C and folate, as well as calcium, fibre and antioxidants. And with most of the population already using the vegetable in stir fries and as a side at dinner, it should be a no brainer to keep on your superfood list.
Whether you grill, bake or eat raw in sushi, there’s no doubting that salmon is one of the most delicious superfoods. In addition to its great taste, salmon is full of protein, vitamin D and Omega 3 fatty acids – and is said to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The perfect flavor boost to your cooking, Garlic is a superfood that contains vitamin C and manganese, amongst others. It’s a great substitute for store-bought artificial flavors and additives, and some dietitians say that this powerful ingredient can help in the battle against cardiovascular disease.
So next time you head to the grocery store, skip the sweets and crisps and head straight to the meat and veg aisle to start your superfood journey.