You many think that because you are hitting your macros, getting you daily veggies and adequate protein that your diet couldn't get any better right? Well... enter superfoods. By focusing on foods that are proven to be beneficial to your health is a great way to get the most out of your meal plans. Here we will break down exactly what a superfood is and give you a few new options that you may want to add to your shopping list this week.
Simply put superfoods are foods that have a very high nutritional density. Meaning that they provide a substantial amount of nutrients and with very few calories.They also contain a high volume of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.
Antioxidants help neutralise free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals are natural byproducts of energy production that cause problems for our body.
We all know that fruits, vegetables, are great for us but which ones are superfoods?
The high levels of flavonoids in berries have been shown to lower the risk of a heart attack. few commonly identified superfood berries include acai berries, blueberries, rasberries, tart cherries, canberries, and goji berries.
Spinach is a nutrient-dense superfood that provides a wide variety of health benefits. It is great in a smoothie, cooked or in salads.
Spinach is high in fibre, magnesium, potassium, and iron, and even contains some protein. Packed with Vitamin K, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C, research supports that spinach can protect cells from oxidative damage and help with inflammation.
The high omega-3 fatty acid content in salmon and other fatty fish, such as trout and herring, can help decrease abnormal heartbeats, reduce cholesterol and slow the growth of arterial plaque.
Great news for chocolate lovers. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants from its cocoa content, which can be beneficial for heart health. While chocolate also contains fat and sugar which aren’t, dark chocolate has a higher percentage of cocoa and less fat and sugar for maximum health benefit.we suggest you have chocolate that's at least 70% cocoa.
Everyones favourite Avocado is also classed as a superfood. While avocado is a delicious source of heart healthy fat, it also has high levels of protein and fat-soluble vitamins. those vitamins are key to our health and best absorbed with a source of healthy fat like avocado.
In addition to supporting heart health, adding avocados in your diet can also help prevent age related disease.
Other types of superfoods:
- blue-green algae
- beets and beet juice
- Brazil nuts
Take away message:
Including these superfoods in your weekly meals is an easy and great way to benefit your health. While these foods don’t have immediate impacts, they are a good way to have a healthier overall diet and lifestyle, plus they're all pretty tasty too!
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